Jan 18, 2022
Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership
Description of Program
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Executive Leadership is a 46 credit program specifically designed to foster the advanced practice of nursing leadership within a complex, highly regulated health care system for nursing managers, directors, and executives. The DNP program includes both didactic and practice experience courses to meet the degree requirements.
NCU’s DNP program will utilize both the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) DNP Essentials (2006) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) competencies (2015) in the development of program and course outcomes. The program includes 500 practice experience hours. The experiential learning component is focused on the development of leadership competencies across a variety of healthcare settings and organizations.
**Note: Program availability may vary by state - please contact the Enrollment Office for more information**
- Evaluate data to inform nursing practice, organizational health, and care delivery
- Develop data-informed, literature based strategic plans for organizations
- Interface with other nursing professionals with regards to the fostering of culture of accountability and responsibility for professional judgment and actions
- Create new explanatory and predictive models to advance healthcare organizations and nursing care delivery in a global society
- Recommend health policies which ensure stewardship of resources, promote social justice, and community partnerships in maintaining health
Basis for Admission
Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership requires:
- Earned Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an institution accredited by either a regional accreditation agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA).
- Students are expected to have completed 500 practice hours from their MSN program.
- Students determined to have less than 500 hours upon entry will be required to complete additional hours during the program.
- May include practice hours from Advanced Practice RN (APRN) MSN programs that are regionally or nationally accredited (CCNE or NLNAC/NCEA).
- GPA 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
- Current, active unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the student’s state of residence.
- All students must maintain licensure throughout the program of study.
- License number and expiration date are required.
- Employment verification or verified access to an applicable healthcare environment for practice experience requirements and completion
- Also required are: transcripts, current resume or curriculum vitae
The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership degree requires a minimum of 46 credit hours at the graduate level beyond the master’s degree. The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university while enrolled in a doctoral program with a grade of “B” or better.
The DNP degree program have the following graduation requirements:
- A minimum of 34 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through NCU
- Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
- Complete required practice experience hours
- Satisfactory completion of DNP Project
- Submission of the approved final DNP Project
- Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred master’s degree from an accredited academic institution
- Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
- All financial obligations to the University paid in full
Time to Completion
NCU allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less.
Normal time to completion for this program is 36 months.
Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.
The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules.
The DNP program requires a minimum of 46 credits. Additional credit hours may be allowed as needed to complete the scholarly paper. If granted, additional courses will be added to the student degree program in alignment with the Satisfactory Academic Process (SAP) and Academic Maximum Time to Completion policies. Students who do not complete their program in accordance with these policies may be dismissed.