MSN to DNP: Executive Leader

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Would you like to pursue executive nursing opportunities? If so, you might seek admission to Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing-Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Path with a specialization in executive leadership program. Continue reading for program details and course requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Master of Science in Nursing-DNP Path with a specialization in executive leadership program is designed to prepare executive practitioners who have the qualifications to pursue leadership and management positions. This Kaplan University online program will give you opportunities to explore issues in advanced nursing practice while also studying health care information technology and human resource management policies. In addition, you will be able to focus on areas such as budgeting, health promotion, and disease prevention. The program requires a practicum and capstone project that will allow you to apply your knowledge of major content areas.

What Are the Prerequisites?

In order to be considered for this program, you should have a prior nursing degree and a significant amount of professional nursing experience. Leadership qualities and excellent organizational skills are also beneficial. To apply to Kaplan University's programs, you should be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, you should have access to a computer. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must earn 65 credits to complete this program. There are seven core courses which amount to 35 credits. Six executive leader specialization courses make up the remainder of the program. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path, Executive Leader Specialization Requirements

  • Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing
  • Advanced Statistics for the Health Sciences
  • Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a Diverse Community
  • Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System
  • Health Policy, Financing, and Organization of Health Care Delivery
  • Leadership, Organizational Theory, and Behavior
  • Health Care Finance, Strategic Planning, and Budgeting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Innovation in Health Care Information Technology - Administrative and Advanced Practice Priorities
  • Executive Leader Practicum
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

When you have satisfied all program requirements, you could pursue executive nurse leadership career opportunities in the health care industry. You might also explore employment options in academia or research. Below are some career paths that you might follow:

  • Organizational leadership
  • Health policy development
  • Nursing education
  • Management