MSN–DNP Option


The post MSN-DNP Program offers two options: Clinical Leadership and Executive Nursing Leadership.

Clinical Leadership

The MSN-DNP Clinical Leadership option is based on the DNP Essentials and will prepare APN’s to function as expert practitioners, clinical leaders and effective change agents in varied positions.  

The Clinical Leadership option can be completed in two years of full-time study; see sample curriculum here. Part-time plans of study are also available.

Executive Nursing Leadership

The MSN-DNP Executive Nursing Leadership (ENL) option is based on the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Executive Competencies, to include the Population Health Competencies, the content addressed in the American Nursing Credentialing Center Nursing Executive Certification criteria, as well as the DNP Essentials. The ENL program is practice based and prepares nursing leaders for multidimensional responsibilities in nursing practice and health care delivery. The curriculum emphasizes strategic leadership, organizational/systems practice, evidence-based management, financial, quality/safety, information management expertise and health care policy. Students will take a series of leadership courses that will prepare them to be effective leaders in complex organizations and community/public health settings and to respond to the challenges of health care today.

The ENL Option can be completed in two years of full-time study; see sample ENL curriculum here. Part-time ENL plan of study  is also available.

DNP nursing courses are Web-enhanced and require attendance at class meetings approximately five times each semester on UK's campus.

College of Nursing course descriptions are available in the University Registrar’s Bulletin.