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2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Nursing Leadership (NLBD/NLMD) - DNP

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72 credits

3.0 GPA required.

C grade or better required.

There are two options to obtain a DNP:

  • BA/BS to DNP (NLBD): students with a bachelor’s in nursing who are pursuing a doctorate
  • Post-Master’s DNP (NLMD): students with a bachelor’s in nursing and a master’s in nursing, leadership, or other related master’s, such as an MBA, MPH, and desires to obtain a DNP in Nursing Leadership

A Plan of Study is available on the Doctor of Nursing Practice website.

Description of Program (DNP)

Graduates of the DNP programs are prepared for a variety of advanced nursing roles such as nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists. Graduates of the DNP program are prepared for the highest level of clinical nursing practice.

Nursing science core courses, taken by all graduate students, build on students’ baccalaureate nursing knowledge to integrate scientific underpinnings for practice, understand nursing information management and decision making, and advocate for health promotion. Students develop evidence-based knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of health care while demonstrating leadership and professionalism. Courses within the selected programs of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ; Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist ; Family Nurse Practitioner ; Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ; Nursing Leadership ; or Nursing Leadership: Practice and Leadership Innovations  provide specialized knowledge and practice opportunities in each advanced nursing role. A unique feature of this program is the targeted emphasis on the nurse’s use of advanced knowledge and skills of health promotion with individuals, families, and systems in diverse populations to address health care needs within complex environments.

Nursing Leadership (72 credits)

Students who elect the Nursing Leadership (NL) program are prepared for formal and informal leadership in any healthcare setting. In addition to the core courses, content focuses on elements of leadership in practice and across the care continuum; responsibilities of nurse leaders in research, education, and clinical practice; human capital management; fiduciary and economic governance; strategic project management; the functions of the nurse leader in the organization, system, and community; and on issues and trends in advancing the nursing profession. Clinical practicums for the Nursing Leadership program offer students the opportunity to apply nursing leadership principles in various healthcare and community settings under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. Students will be allowed to tailor their program with electives that advance their knowledge of practice, healthcare innovations, and/or leadership. The Clinical Scholarship Project is completed with guidance of a clinical mentor by all DNP students and involves demonstration of knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of healthcare in a variety of settings and for a variety of populations. Graduates of the program are prepared for eligibility for the following certification exams after meeting additional eligibility criteria related to work experience: American Organization for Nurse Leaders (AONL) exam to become certified as an Executive in Nursing Practice (CENP) or a nurse manager and leader (CNML) or certification for Nurse Executive (NE-BC) or the Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Certification may also require a certain number of years of experience in a formal leader position.

A total of 1,000 clinical/practicum hours are required for all graduates of a DNP program. This program provides 840 clinical hours. The remaining clinical/practicum hours may come from a previous master’s degree (appropriateness determined by faculty), or additional clinical/practicum courses may be necessary to achieve the 1,000 clinical hours requirement for DNP.

Traditional Track (BA/BS to DNP) (NLBD)

Students with a bachelor’s degree who are pursuing a doctorate.

1080 Clinical Hours (1 clinical credit = 60 hours of contact time)

(BA/BS to DNP) Electives (6 credits)

Choose any 6 credits at the 600/700-level. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor for direction on appropriate options.

Post-Master’s DNP (MA/MS to DNP) (NLMD)

A total of 72 credits are required for DNP. Students receive credit for completion of their master’s degree plus credit for experience.

Students who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and graduated from a nationally accredited graduate degree (master’s) program in nursing, leadership, healthcare, or other related field (MBA, MPH, etc.) may pursue a Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

(MA/MS to DNP) Required Courses (31 credits)

(MA/MS to DNP): Electives (6 credits)

Choose any 6 credits at 600/700-level. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor for direction on appropriate courses.