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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. The curriculum builds on the baccalaureate program by providing clinical preparation for becoming an advanced practice nurse and education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems thinking, among other key areas.

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 clinical teaching.

Our students complete 48 credits in a Master of Science family nurse practitioner (FNP) program. After completing the master's degree, students are prepared to sit for the FNP exam, if desired. Students then complete an additional 30 credits, including 15 credits of the DNP scholarly project (thesis) to fulfill the requirements for the doctorate.

The BSN-DNP program is offered in the evenings at our Center for Adult Education in Warwick. Classes are taught in a hybrid/blended format with a combination of online and in-class meetings. Financial aid is available.

After completing the 48 credits for the M.S in nursing, students 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 leadership skills and culturally appropriate decision making throughout the continuum of an advance practice nurse.
  • Incorporate continuous quality improvement within their health care practice and organization of employment to achieve safe and effective patient care.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in health care technologies to provide quality patient care as an integral part of a health care team.

After completing the 30 credits for the post-master’s DNP program, students will be able to:

  • 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 processes of critical thinking, communication, change and lifelong learning as an advanced practice nurse.

Have a quick question about our program? Email graduate_studies@salve.edu.

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