Doctor of Nursing Practice in the Field of Executive Leadership

An alternative to research-focused doctoral programs, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) advances professional nursing roles in clinical practice and nursing leadership and management. It is designed to develop leaders in health care at the local and national levels. Graduates can incorporate health policy, knowledge of information technology, evidence-based practice, business principles, collaboration, health systems, and health policy into practice. A clinical research project immerses students in a practice environment that lays the foundation for future scholarship and success in the nursing field. Students may enter either at the post-bachelor’s or post-master’s level.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 43 credits

All DNP students are expected to complete a minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate practice hours as part of their academic program. Most advanced practice RN students will already have completed 500 hours in their master of science in nursing (MSN) program and the remaining 500 hours are included in the curriculum requirements for the DNP.

NURS 6181Creativity and Innovation in Health Care
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6241The Health Care Enterprise
NURS 8401Organizational Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Management in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Practice
NURS 8404Health Services Research and Policy for Nurses
NURS 8405Health Care Quality Improvement
NURS 8410Executive Presence I
NURS 8411Executive Presence II
NURS 8412Health Care Finance for the Nurse Leader
NURS 8416Entrepreneurship for Nurse Leaders
NURS 8498Research Project Proposal
NURS 8499Clinical Research Project (taken twice for a total of 6 credits)