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100% Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

A Doctorate Program for Executive Leaders

Seeking CCNE Accreditation

1,000 Practicum Hours

Affordable Tuition

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  • Duration 2 years
  • Cost per Credit $545
  • Credit Hours 36

Program Benefits

  • 100% online coursework
  • No application fee
  • Transfer up to six credit hours
  • Transfer up to 500 practicum hours from MSN

Prepare for Advancement in Health Care or Education

Build the expertise you need to climb the ranks of nursing leadership. In MU’s online DNP program with an Executive Leadership Concentration, you’ll engage in scholarly projects and practicum experiences that align with your career goals. You’ll also complete six elective credits and can choose courses that count toward a Graduate Nursing Education Certificate. Graduate with the skills to shape policy, influence patient outcomes, and lead change.

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Excel as an Executive Leader in Nursing

Complete your doctorate in Nursing Practice at MU to pursue roles such as nurse executive, chief nursing officer, or nursing educator. With its emphasis on leadership and research, this program prepares you to expand your influence as a nurse leader.

Expect rapid job growth for leaders in the health care field. Employment of medical and health managers, including nurse managers and executives, is projected to grow 28% through 2031,1 which is much faster than average.

Careers and Salaries

Executive Leadership Concentration

MU’s DNP online degree includes a concentration in Executive Leadership, which prepares graduates to perform in the highest rank of health care management. Through 14 credit hours in this concentration, you’ll engage with topics including transformational management, health care financial and business concepts, equity and inclusion in global health, and epidemiological-driven health initiatives.

Rigorous, Rewarding Coursework

13 courses

36 Credit Hours

Benefit from the convenience and flexibility of online courses without sacrificing the quality of an in-person education. In our eight-week classes, you’ll explore theoretical, clinical, and business principles on your schedule and learn to lead a positive impact on patient outcomes and the nursing profession. You’ll complete six elective credits to personalize your degree and may choose courses that count toward a Graduate Nursing Education Certificate.

Course topics include:

  • Scholarly Writing, Inquiry, and Synthesis
  • Research Methodology
  • Statistics in Health Care
  • Transformational Management
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Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the awarded master’s degree
Official transcripts showing proof of the BSN degree and graduate degree earned
Current, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse

Learn more about the admission requirements for this program, and start the application process today.

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An Affordable Doctorate Degree

$18,000 total tuition

Transfer up to six credits

MU’s 100% online Doctor of Nursing Practice costs $545 per credit hour and has 36 total credit hours. About 97% of MU students qualify for financial aid. If you or a family member are a veteran or active-duty service member, your education at Methodist University could be even more affordable. Visit our Military Support page to learn more.

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What You’ll Learn

In MU’s online DNP degree program, you’ll gain expertise in the most in-demand areas of knowledge for nursing leaders. Guided by MU’s expert faculty, you’ll explore topics including equity and inclusion, executive leadership, scholarly inquiry, research methodology, and more. Experience real-world application of knowledge and skills gained from coursework through 1,000 practicum hours to graduate prepared to climb the ranks of nursing leadership.

Program Outcomes

After completing the 100% online Doctor of Nursing Practice, you will be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge and evidence-based practice from nursing and other disciplines to guide well-informed and socially responsible leadership decisions.
  • Analyze the various leadership styles to determine their effectiveness in creating a productive and fiscally responsible work environment that centers on improving patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate communication skills that facilitate collaboration to enhance safety while reducing adverse outcomes.
  • Analyze factors that impact the fiscal stability of a healthcare system, including how to create and maintain a budget.
  • Explore the impact of informatics on data mining and improving patient outcomes through quality improvement initiatives.
  • Model leadership behaviors that reflect ethical practices in nursing, as well as decision making that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Identify the role of the nurse leader in collaborating with community, state, national, and global organizations to promote public health initiatives that positively impact accessibility and equitable distribution of resources from an epidemiological standpoint.

Why Study Online?

Enjoy an online learning environment that offers the same quality as in-person courses, including dedicated faculty members and an overall caring, friendly atmosphere for achieving your professional and personal goals.

You’ll also have access to all academic support services. That means you’ll get personalized assistance you need, such as access to the tutoring and writing centers. Experience a distinctive education in a flexible environment that fits your schedule.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Doctor of Nursing program at MU is seeking accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Methodist University currently has a CCNE-accredited baccalaureate program and will submit a letter of intent to request an accreditation review for the DNP Program in February 2024.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice does not require a minimum amount of work experience, but you must have a current, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse. You can learn more about our requirements on the admissions page.

Yes, the Doctor of Nursing Practice accepts up to six transfer credits. Additionally, you may be able to transfer up to 500 practicum hours from an MSN program. You can learn more about this policy on our admissions page.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed for working professionals with busy lives, so if something interrupts your normal course of study, you don’t have to worry about losing the courses you’ve completed. You can take up to five years to complete the degree, if needed. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Currently the Doctor of Nursing Practice offers one concentration in Executive Leadership. This concentration explores topics in transformational management, health care business concepts, equity and inclusion in global health, and more.

The requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice include:

  • Complete application
  • Master’s degree in nursing OR a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a four-year accredited college or university and master’s degree in a business or health-related/educational field (MBA, MHA, MPH, M.Ed., etc.)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the awarded master’s degree
  • Official transcripts showing proof of the BSN degree and graduate degree earned
  • Current, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse
  • Current resume
  • Written statement of personal goals and practice project interest
  • Cover letter

You can learn more about our requirements on the admissions page.

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  1. “Medical and Health Services Managers.” Retrieved on Nov. 21, 2022 from “https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.”