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    In April 2014, Salve Regina officials were joined by Sen. Jack Reed and University trustee/benefactor Thomas A. Rodgers III in announcing the new graduate program in nursing, as well as a $1 million gift from the Rodgers Family Foundation.


Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice. The curriculum builds on the baccalaureate program by providing clinical preparation to become an advanced practice nurse. Students are educated in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems thinking, among other key areas.

Upon completion of the Doctor in Nursing Practice, our graduates will be able to:

  • Assume the role of the advanced practice nurse to provide independent and collaborative health care based on evidence, scientific knowledge and science-based theory.
  • Demonstrate organizational and system leadership to improve the quality of health care for persons.
  • Design, implement and evaluate strategies to address the environmental influences of culture, economics, ethics, law, policy, politics, society and technology on health outcomes.
  • Engage in the process of critical thinking, communication, change and lifelong learning as an advanced practice nurse.

This 78-credit, part-time program is offered in the evenings at our Center for Adult Education in Warwick, R.I. The BSN-DNP results in both a Master of Science in nursing (family nurse practitioner track) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Classes are taught in a hybrid/blended format with a combination of online and in-class meetings.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is offered in a cohort format, with a new cohort beginning each fall. Applications for the fall 2016 semester are due May 1, and applicants will receive notification of admission decisions in July. Requirements include a B.S. in nursing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, an unencumbered license or eligibility for RN licensure in the state of Rhode Island, clear criminal background check, negative drug screen and completion of three credits in statistics. Prospective applicants who already hold a master's degree in nursing are advised that doctoral-level courses will not be offered until the fall 2017 semester.

Our graduates are prepared to 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 clinical teaching.

Have a quick question about our program? Contact our enrollment counselor, Claudia Cordon.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Salve Regina is made possible through the generosity of the Rodgers Family Foundation.