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DNP Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership Concentration

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Choose the Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership (NEOL) Concentration for your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree earned online through the College of Nursing. This program delivers doctoral education to nurse leaders and executives across the nation. Our faculty are health care experts adept in addressing emerging and challenging issues facing nurse executives and leaders.

Prospective DNP NEOL Students

This part-time program is designed for students who are licensed, registered nurses and have at least three years of management experience (or the equivalent as determined by the admissions committee) and one of the following:

  • A BSN and a Master’s degree in a related field (MBA, MPA, MPH, or MSA), or
  • A MSN in Nursing Administration or related concentration (clinical, health policy, informatics, etc.)

What to Expect from Your NEOL Concentration

  • This concentration begins in the summer and continues for six consecutive terms.
  • This didactic program is completely online, with synchronous (collaboratively online) and asynchronous (individually online) learning. A weeklong residency is held on campus each year in June, and participation is required.
  • The DNP scholarly project is a practice-oriented project that meets the needs of the DNP's community of interest. The project is NOT a dissertation, but must exemplify scholarly activity and:
    • Show practice excellence.
    • Demonstrate leadership.
    • Reflect knowledge of population health, evidence-based practice, inquiry and the integration of the DNP role in a comprehensive health care environment.

Program of Studies: Online DNP NEOL Concentration

COURSE Credit HoursDidactic creditsPractice CreditsPractice Hours
NURS 703 Applied Clinical Research in Advanced Nursing Practice33
NURS 725 Principles of Advanced Nursing Management32150
NURS 620 Health Care Statistics I33
NURS 705 The Business and Policy of Practice & Their Influence on U.S. Health Care System33
NURS 796 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar1150
NURS 702 Applied Epidemiology in Advanced Nursing Practice33
NURS 706 Organizational Systems and Quality Management for Advanced Nursing Practice33
*NURS 797 DNP Scholarly Project1150
NURS 727 Health Care Innovations and Informatics32150
Elective: NURS 724 Professional Concepts and Issues for Advanced Nursing Practice312100
*NURS 797 DNP Scholarly Project1150
NURS 726 Leading Organizational Change32150
*NURS 795 Advanced Nursing Practice Residency1-21-250-100
*NURS 797 DNP Scholarly Project1150
*NURS 797 DNP Scholarly Project2-32-3100-150
*NURS 795 Advanced Nursing Practice Residency1-21-250-100
*N795 Residency is a minimum of two credit hours. N797 DNP Capstone (Scholarly) Project is a minimum of five hours. Both can be based upon student needs and faculty approval.

Program Objectives

Objectives for NEOL Concentration Program graduates:

  • Assume the role of the doctoral prepared nurse in teaching, scholarship, leadership and service.
  • Apply analytic methods to create, evaluate and adopt effective innovations to improve health.
  • Analyze, translate and apply evidence to improve health outcomes.
  • Engage individuals and communities to develop, implement and evaluate interventions to address their health disparities.
  • Facilitate optimal health outcomes through delivery of culturally sensitive care, including clinical prevention strategies, identification of risk, individualized interventions and formation of therapeutic relationships with clients.
  • Apply clinical, community and policy interventions to reduce health inequities.
  • Evaluate and critique social policy relevant to the organization and delivery of health care.
  • Integrate and evaluate information systems in patient care technology for clinical, research and administrative best practices.
  • Apply leadership and advocacy skills in the development, implementation and evaluation of health care organizations, delivery of care, and policy.
  • Utilize effective management and organizational skills to assume a leadership role in health care delivery, policy and systems.
  • Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence and integrating creative and critical thinking.