MSN–DNP Option

The MSN prepared student returning to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree has several options available:

  • Individuals wanting to complete a second specialty in conjunction with the post MSN DNP degree can simultaneously complete the Post Graduate APRN certificate option along with the DNP.  Faculty perform a GAP analysis upon admission to determine current competencies and then determine courses required to complete degree and board eligibility requirements for certification in the second specialty
  • Individuals already prepared as Certified Nurse Practitioners or Clinical Nurse Specialists in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Family, Psychiatric Mental Health or Pediatric (acute or primary care) who desire to further expand knowledge in their existing practice specialty can do so in the Clinical Leadership in Health Care option.
  • Individuals who are currently in nursing leadership positions or providers seeking to move into an executive role can do so via the Executive Leadership in Healthcare 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.

  • This option allows individuals already prepared as Nurse Practitioners or Clinical Nurse Specialists in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Family, Psychiatric Mental Health, or Pediatric (acute or primary care) to further expand knowledge in their existing practice specialty.

Individuals wanting to complete a second specialty in conjunction with the post MSN DNP degree can simultaneously complete the Post Graduate APRN certificate option along with the DNP.  Faculty perform a GAP analysis upon admission to determine current competencies and then determine courses required to complete degree and board eligibility requirements for certification in the second specialty

The CL allows individuals prepared as Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Family, Psychiatric Mental Health, or Pediatric (acute or primary care) to further expand their knowledge in their current patient population.  The program is practice based and prepares students for multidimensional responsibilities in nursing practice and health care delivery. The curriculum emphasizes leadership effectiveness in meso-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.