MSN–DNP Option

Objectives

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

Clinical Leadership in Health Care

The MSN-DNP Clinical Leadership (CL) 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 CL program is practice based and prepares students for multidimensional responsibilities in nursing practice and health care delivery. The curriculum emphasizes leadership effectiveness in meso and macro organizational/systems/settings,   evidence-based practice, quality/safety, information management expertise, and strategies to make health care policy impacts. Graduates will identify actual and emerging problems and will design aggregate-level health interventions. They will work with diverse stakeholders for inter- or intra-organizational achievement of health care organizational and population health related goals. Students will take a series of 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 Clinical Leadership option can be completed in two years of full-time study; see sample curriculum herePart-time plans of study are also available.

DNP nursing courses are Web-enhanced. Core courses require attendance to a one hour class meeting once per semester during the CON DNP intensive session, and leadership specialty courses  meet once or twice during the semester during the DNP intensive sessions.

Executive Leadership in Health Care

The MSN-DNP Executive Leadership (EL) in Healthcare 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 EL program is practice based and prepares nursing leaders for multidimensional responsibilities in nursing practice and health care delivery. The curriculum emphasizes strategic leadership, meso-macro organizational/systems practice, evidence-based management, financial, quality/safety, and information management expertise and strategies to make health care policy impacts. Graduates will identify actual and emerging problems and will design aggregate-level health interventions. They will work with diverse stakeholders for inter- or intra-organizational achievement of health care organizational and population health related goals. 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.

Graduates of the Executive Leadership specialty may be eligible to sit for the Nurse Executive - Advanced certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Certified in Executive Nursing Practice exam with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). Eligibility for certification also requires meeting practice requirements for the respective agency.

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

DNP nursing courses are Web-enhanced. Core courses require attendance to a one hour class meeting once per semester during the CON DNP intensive session, and leadership specialty courses  meet once or twice during the semester during the DNP intensive sessions.

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