Doctor of Nursing Practice

We offer a convenient and intensive program for nurses seeking an advanced degree. Through didactic and experiential learning, our program prepares nurses with the BSN to become family nurse practitioners entrenched in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and leadership development.

Our Program

Designed to promote critical thinking and enhance employment opportunities, our Doctor of Nursing Practice program has two points of entry: the BSN-DNP for students with a B.S. in nursing and the post-master’s program for advanced practice registered nurses. Our program’s part-time, hybrid format pairs online coursework with face-to-face didactic learning that encourages students to develop a community with their peers and faculty.

After completing 48 credits of graduate-level courses and 600 clinical hours, students receive the M.S. in nursing and are eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner national certification examination. Students who meet all academic standards move on to doctorate-level coursework, completing 30 credits and 500 clinical hours. The final component of our program is a 15-credit scholarly project and manuscript prepared for publication. 

Our courses are taught in a hybrid/blended format with a combination of online and in-class meetings. Created specifically for working adults, classes are conveniently offered in the evenings at our Center for Adult Education in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Salve Regina is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Spotlight: Scholarly Project

Using a synthesis of theoretical and empirical evidence, including health outcomes data, doctoral candidates identify and plan a scholarly 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.

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.​

 

Meet Our Faculty

B.S. in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice

 

22 courses | 78 credits

Required courses:

  • NUR500: Research Methods
  • NUR503: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • NUR505: Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse 
  • NUR510: Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR512: Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR514: Advanced Healthcare Informatics
  • NUR520: Research for Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR533: Family Theories
  • NUR535: Pharmacologic Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR538: Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • NUR540: Application of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role I
  • NUR550: Managing Common Health Conditions
  • NUR552: Managing Complex Health Conditions
  • NUR555: Application of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role II
  • NUR565: Application of the Advanced Practical Nurse Role III
  • 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
  • NUR650: DNP Scholarly Project: Development
  • NUR655: DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation
  • NUR660: DNP Scholarly Project: Evaluation

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice

8 courses | 30 credits

Required courses:

  • NUR500: Research Methods
  • 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
  • NUR650: DNP Scholarly Project: Development
  • NUR655: DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation
  • NUR660: DNP Scholarly Project: Evaluation