DNP Executive Leadership Specialization - Curriculum

Get your summaryCompletion 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.
REQUIRED COURSES (42 credit hours)
OR100 Orientation 0
N700PE Leadership: Setting the Example 3
N725PE Health Services Research 3
N740PE Capstone Project I** 3
N705PE Health Policy 3
BUSI700PE Business Intelligence 3
N755PE Health Statistics 3
N758PE Advanced Statistics 3
N765PE Capstone Project II** 3
N715PE Quality Management 3
N720PE Healthcare Finance 3
N735PE Healthcare Informatics 3
N761 Strategic Leadership & Planning 3
ELECTIVE COURSES (choose 6 credit hours)
N702PE Organizational Dynamics of Higher Education 3
N710PE Learner-Centered Curriculum Design and Learning Outcomes 3
N712PE Assessment of Learning 3
N714PE Role of Technology and Simulation in Nursing Education 3
N742PE Principles of Finance and Fund Development 3
N751PE Perspectives on Nursing Informatics*** 3
N752PE Application of Nursing Informatics in Clinical Practice*** 3
N753PE Application of Nursing Informatics in Administration, Leadership, and Management*** 3
N754PE Application of Nursing Informatics in Data Management & Analytics*** 3
N756PE Application of Nursing Informatics in the Management of Population Health and Public Health Policies*** 3

** residency courses

*** contact your SSA before registration

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours