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Our practice doctorate is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing. 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.

Our Program

Our post-master's DNP is designed to promote critical thinking and clinically based patient care initiatives and enhance employment opportunities. Taught in a part-time, hybrid format, our program pairs online coursework with face-to-face didactic learning that encourages students to develop a community with their peers and faculty.

To fulfill the requirements of the post-master’s DNP, students complete 30 credits, including 15 credits of a scholarly project. Using a synthesis of theoretical and empirical evidence, including health outcomes data, the project 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. Upon completion, students receive the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Created specifically for working adults, in-person classes are conveniently offered in the evenings at our Center for Adult Education in Warwick, Rhode Island.

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.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Staff and Contact

Call us at: 
(800) 637-0002

Program Director:
Dr. Sharon Stager

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: Advanced Nursing Research Methods
  • NUR650: DNP Scholarly Project I
  • NUR655: DNP Scholarly Project II
  • NUR660: DNP Scholarly Project III