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Executive Healthcare Leadership: Nursing Practice, D.N.P.

College of Nursing

This program prepares qualified graduates to influence health care environments through professionalism, leadership, strong communication skills and business knowledge.

The curricular plan is designed for the student who has a B.S.N. and the requisite experience, a master’s degree with a nursing emphasis, or a master’s degree in business administration (M.B.A.), health care administration (M.H.A.) or public health (M.P.H.).

Program Highlights

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    Academic Excellence

    Learn online in one of our graduate programs ranked No. 1 nationally in 2023 (U.S. News & World Report).

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    Clinical Innovations

    Prepare and practice in the college's innovative, teaching-education accredited Clinical Simulation Center.

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    National Leadership

    Join a leading program that was one of the first four nationally recognized D.N.P. programs.

What You’ll Study

The curriculum consists of coursework equivalent to that of a master’s degree in nursing plus additional course work (beyond the master’s degree requirements) that extends leadership skills and provides preparation for a variety of executive leadership roles in the health care arena.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions

  • Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations


    Directing and overseeing the activities and resources to achieve specific goals

    Interprofessional Collaboration

    Working with professionals from different disciplines to provide coordinated care or services

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Advanced Executive Nurse Leadership
  • Executive Nurse
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Health Care Manager
  • Health Care Executive

Workplace Settings

  • Health Care
  • Medical Administration
  • Medicine