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DNP NEOL Program

At The University of New Mexico College of Nursing, we educate future and current leaders to influence health care and health policy. Be the change using evidence based science. Broaden your scope. Open doors. Advocate for patients and employees.

We are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As a student, you will be educated to the highest standards of quality and integrity.

Your Education

  • 2 year program begins in the summer and continues for six consecutive terms.
  • Designed for working students.
  • Minimum of 35 credits.
  • 1000 practice hours total. Practice hours includes up to 500 from Masters degree if approved.
  • Didactic classes completely online, with synchronous (collaboratively online) and asynchronous (individually online) learning.
  • A weeklong residency is held on campus each year in June, participation required.
  • A DNP scholarly project is a practice-oriented project that meets the needs of the DNP's community of interest. It must exemplify scholarly activity.

Explore the Curriculum

Minimum Requirements to Apply.

A BSN anda 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.)

3.0 GPA at the master's level (3.5+ GPA preferred)

Current RN license

For the full list admissions criteria and application

You Will Be Prepared.

Completing the Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership Program prepares you to:

  • 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.
  • Develop accurate and reflective self-evaluation skills of knowledge base and clinical performance.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional growth and the growth of the profession through participation in professional organizations, community and scholarly activities, such as research, writing and teaching.
  • Participate in quality assurance activities in the health care setting.
  • Exemplify the ethical and moral obligations of professional service while interacting with clients and society in general.

Support for Your Education

The majority of our students received some form of financial aid – scholarship, grant, loan, work study or teaching assistant position.

We also offer more than $270,000 in UNM College of Nursing scholarships. Individual scholarship amounts range from $200-$4,000 annually.

Admissions, Tuition & Financial Aid

Faculty Leading the Nation

A. Christine Delucas, DNP, MPH, NEA-BC, associate professor and director of the doctor of nursing practice program at The University of New Mexico College of Nursing, has been named to the National League for Nursing’s Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA).

Research & Scholarship

UNM is the only Carnegie R1 research university in New Mexico. We offer research opportunities abound whether you are an undergraduate student or a graduate student.

Learn about our research efforts.

Your Questions Answered

DNP Program Contact

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director, Clinician Educator, Associate Professor
A. Christine Delucas, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC
College of Nursing
Building 228
Room 232
1 University of New Mexico

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