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Our practice doctorate is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum builds on the M.S. in nursing by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems thinking, among other key areas. Our graduates will likely seek leadership roles as advanced practice nurses, managers of quality initiatives, executives in health care organizations, directors of clinical programs and faculty responsible for clinical program delivery and teaching.

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Offered online in a thoughtfully designed blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning, our post-master's DNP is designed to help students develop a supportive community of peers and faculty in a welcoming virtual environment.

Our DNP program promotes critical thinking and clinically based patient care initiatives while enhancing employment opportunities. To fulfill program requirements, students complete 30 credits, including 15 credits of the DNP project. Using a synthesis of theoretical and empirical evidence, including health outcomes data, doctoral candidates identify and plan a project that addresses a need identified in a clinical setting. Based on an understanding of environmental influences, these culminating projects aim to benefit groups, populations or communities and often include changes in policies, procedures or programs.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Salve Regina is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the New England Commission of Higher Education, and is made possible through the generosity of the Rodgers Family Foundation.

Program Spotlight: Kelly Baxter '19

Kelly Baxter

When Kelly Baxter '19 first heard about Salve Regina's newly formed Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, she was excited to be part of the founding group of students who would pave the way for the program to grow and expand.

I was looking for a program that was going to be flexible … and I really looked for that hybrid. It was the perfect fit. I loved classroom learning – it's a rich environment and I wanted that – but I knew I couldn't be out of the house every night out of the week.


Time to Complete

21 Months

Program Format


Application Deadline

July 1 or Nov. 1

Our Faculty

Recognized for their expertise, compassion and vast knowledge, our nursing faculty encourage students to continue their development as health care providers and members of the global health partnership.​


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Doctor of Nursing Practice

8 courses | 30 credits

Required courses:

  • NUR615: Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR620: Epidemiology
  • NUR625: Organizational and Systems Leadership in Healthcare
  • NUR633: Business and Legal Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR645: Research Methods
  • NUR650: DNP Project: Development
  • NUR655: DNP Project: Implementation
  • NUR660: DNP Project: Evaluation