Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership

Fostering the advanced practice of nursing leadership

Strong leaders are essential for success in any industry, but they are a crucial component for organizations operating within the highly regulated healthcare industry. In fact, to truly understand how to support the needs of patients and healthcare organizations alike, one must have not only business skills, but also a command of advanced nursing practices and in-depth industry knowledge. For current nursing professionals eager to move into management, the right education can help to bridge the gap between your current skills and those you need to take on executive leadership roles.


Where advanced nursing and leadership meet

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership program helps nursing professionals prepare to take on leadership roles within an increasingly complex and evidenced-based environment. It was designed to closely align with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials and the competencies from the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). To enroll in this program, students must have, and maintain throughout the program, a current, active and unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN).

Students will explore key topics such as organizational leadership, economics and finance, advocacy for healthcare policy improvement and how to use data and technological resources for decision-making. Utilizing an innovative Interprofessional Education (IPE) model, this practice-based program also teaches students how to work with multiple health disciplines through intellectual and applied collaboration. Additionally, students will complete an evidence-based research project designed to offer invaluable hands-on experience.


Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at NCU

At Northcentral University you can earn your degree with a combination of online coursework and in-person practice experience hours. We also offer weekly start dates and don’t require group projects or GRE/GMAT exams so that you have the flexibility you need to fit higher education into your busy schedule. And even though you attend class online, at NCU you’re never alone. Our students enjoy an active online community and all of our courses utilize a one-to-one learning model. This pairs you with one faculty member for each of your courses, providing an elevated level of personal support and guidance.


Career Potential

  • President or Vice-President of Nursing
  • Clinical Nurse Director
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Clinical Manager
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Health Director
  • Public Health Officer
  • Social and Community Service Manager
Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 46 Credit Hours
Courses: 18 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 28 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Important Information for Students, Including Gainful Employment
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