Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP)

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To earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) with a family nurse practitioner track, students take a minimum of 22 courses (78 credits). Students complete 48 credits for the M.S. in nursing and are prepared to sit for the family nurse practitioner exam. Students then continue to the DNP and complete an additional 30 credits, including a 15-credit research project.

Prerequisites include a B.S. in nursing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and three credits in statistics.

M.S. in Nursing

Course sequence:

  • BIO503: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • NUR505: Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
  • NUR520: Research for Evidence Based Practice
  • NUR512: Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR510: Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NUR533: Family Theories
  • NUR535: Pharmacologic Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR550: Managing Common Health Conditions
  • NUR552: Managing Complex Health Conditions
  • NUR540: Application of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role I
  • NUR514: Advanced Health Care Informatics
  • NUR538: Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • NUR555: Application of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role II
  • NUR565: Application of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role III

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Required courses:

  • NUR500: Research Methods
  • NUR615: Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR625: Organizational and Systems Leadership in Healthcare
  • NUR620: Epidemiology
  • NUR633: Business and Legal Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR650: DNP Capstone Project: Development
  • NUR655: DNP Capstone Project: Implementation
  • NUR660: DNP Capstone Project: Evaluation


The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Salve Regina University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

The BSN-DNP program is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.