DNP Executive Leadership (Doctor of Nursing)

Online Nursing Degree



Gain the skills and expertise you need to bring new policy and innovation in patient health to your organization. Courses in the Executive Leadership Doctoral Track prepare you to analyze and elevate the current trends in health-care leadership. Improve clinical practice, nurse and patient education, and operational standards by translating your direct care experience to executive level management. Our blended focus on the professional and spiritual challenges faced in your profession is a unique approach to health-care education, and is something that we feel truly produces the  some of the best leaders in the industry.

Area of Study Nursing
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I really enjoy my cohort and the "family" feeling I get from being a part of it. I also like that Christian education and service are incorporated into the curriculum."
CUW Online student

Goals / Objectives

  • Experience in economic analysis of health-care policies relating to ethical implications of those decisions
  • Knowledge of the practice and principles of major approaches to management, focusing on theories of employee motivation, morale, resource management, and others
  • Use diagnostic instruments in the analyses and evaluation of managerial communication, identifying strengths and limitations within organizational frameworks
  • Gain unique leadership skills and abilities as they relate to the field of health care.
  • The ability to use information systems and technology to support and improve patient care and healthcare systems, and provide leadership within healthcare systems and/or academic settings
  • Eligibility for the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ (AONE) and the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exams

Career Outlook

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Director of Health Services
  • Director of clinical services
  • Director of nursing research

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DNP Executive Leadership Track

Biostatistics/Epidemiology (DNP 903) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Biostatistics/Epidemiology explores the use of epidemiological methods to study the effects of environmental exposures in human health and disease outbreaks . In addition it will emphasize analytical studies, quantitative measures of association and critical readings of current literature. The basics of descriptive and inferential statistics will be introduced in this course as well.
Evidence Based Practice (DNP 915) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Evidence Based Practice introduces concepts associated with evidence-based nursing practice theories and models . Strategies for creating a culture of evidence based practice; both for individuals and systems will be discussed. Proposed evidence-based practice changes are based on an understanding of the cultural, financial, and legal and human resource needs of the health care environment. The goal of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume a leadership role in transforming healthcare and educational environments.
Translational Evidence Based Project I (DNP 940) - Credits: 4

Course Description

In this course, students build upon prior coursework to develop the foundation for the translational evidence based project (TEP). This includes: (a) further articulation of the evidence for practice change, (b) developing and refining the methodology for the practice change in collaboration with a faculty chairperson and site mentor, (c) seeking support for the practice change, and (d) securing appropriate personal, university, and site approvals for implementing the change. Students complete practicum hours in relation to the TEP activities for the planned change.
Health Care Informatics (DNP 921) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Health care informatics examines the student's abilities to use information systems/technology to support and improve patient care and healthcare systems, and provide leadership within healthcare systems and/or academic settings . The student is exposed to informatics concepts, design, selection, and use of information systems/technology to evaluate programs of care, outcomes of care, and care systems. Information systems/technology provides a mechanism to apply budget and productivity tools, practice information systems and decision supports, and web-based learning or intervention tools to support and improve patient care.
Economics and Public Policy of Health Care (MBA 620/920) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Economics and Public Policy of Health Care involves the economic analysis of current health care issues that lead to policy formation. Students will apply traditional economic concepts, such as demand, supply, production and investment, to analyze the health care sector of the economy and health policies. The course will include study of the influences on demand for health care, supply of health care, trends in managed care and rationale for government intervention including Medicare, Medicaid, and price regulation. International comparison and general considerations to guide health policy as well as ethical implications of policy decisions are included. Issues will be framed within a historical perspective with the intent of teaching students how to conceptualize and deal with future issues.
Ethics and Leadership in Health Care (MBA 930) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Ethics Leadership in Health Care will examine and evaluate leadership theories and develop leadership skills and abilities as they relate to the field of health care. Emphasis will be placed on motivation and leadership concepts in various organizational situations.
Leadership and Organizational Behavior (MBA 580/880) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to increase one's effectiveness and skill in analyzing and understanding organizations and their attendant processes. Behavioral science concepts and theories are studied. Individual, group, and structural behavior and concepts are presented. A special emphasis on leadership is provided. Undergraduate management prerequisite required. 3 credits.
Managerial Communication: Practices and Principles (MMC 520/820) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Managerial Communication: Practices and Principles examines major approaches to management, focusing on theories of employee motivation, morale, resource management, communication networks, upward and downward messages, and superior-subordinate relationships. Diagnostic instruments are utilized in analyses and evaluation of managerial communication, identifying strengths and limitations. Focus is on setting behavioral goals for improving communication skills.
Translational Evidence Based Project II (DNP 941) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Projects should be related to advanced practice in the nursing specialty and benefit a group, population, or community rather than an individual patient. Topics arise from clinical practice, may be done in partnership with another entity: clinical agency, school, health department, church, government, voluntary organization or community group. Addresses identified needs of the group, population, or community. Literature review suggests needs and evidence to support the project. A systematic approach is used and data are collected using methods and tools that meet accepted standards. Expected outcomes are defined and measured (quality improvement, cost savings). Conducted according to ethical principles. Dissemination modes are professional or public (peer review is included).

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