Completion of the DNP, executive leadership specialization degree requires 42 credit hours. The expected length of the program is just over two years. The program is structured to have two short residencies (one onsite, one virtual), with the remainder of courses offered online in eight week modules.
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Nurses without an MSN that only want the DNP
- Applicants with a non-nursing master’s complete three bridge courses, 400 total hours of practice experience, and then are admitted to the DNP program. An MSN is not earned in this program. (We highly recommend that if the student wants to teach, they choose the MSN option.)
- Please visit the Bridge-Course and Practicum Workshop page for course details.
** residency courses
* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours