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Doctor of Nursing Practice Careers

Become a Leader in Nursing with an Advanced Degree

100% Online Coursework

Seeking CCNE Accreditation

  • Executive Leadership Concentration builds business and management expertise
  • 1,000 practicum hours provide real-world application of skills
  • Online, asynchronous coursework led by expert faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT or application fee required for admission

Complete your 100% online Doctor of Nursing Practice at Methodist University to gain the clinical and research expertise to positively impact patient outcomes. Through the required Executive Leadership Concentration, engage with rigorous coursework designed to help you become a transformational leader in the nursing practice.

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Advance to Top-Earning Positions in Nursing

Nurse Executive1 $141,000 per year

Chief Nursing Officer2 $135,355 per year

Nurse Educator3 $82,040 per year

Director of Nursing4 $93,944 per year

Pursue High-Impact, High-Salary Roles

The nurse shortage has led to an increased demand for nursing leaders who can navigate the ever-changing health care industry. With your 100% online Doctor of Nursing Practice with Executive Leadership Concentration from Methodist University, you’ll be poised to join the ranks of top leaders in nursing and positively impact patient care through roles in teaching and leadership.

Under guidance from MU’s expert faculty, you’ll build the management and research expertise needed to pursue high-salary roles such as nursing director, nurse executive, or chief nursing officer. You may also choose to complete your six elective credits with courses that count toward a Graduate Nursing Education Certificate.

Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You’ll Learn

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

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Executive Leadership
  • Decision-Making
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Care Statistics
  • Leadership Strategies
  • Management Techniques
  • Scholarly Writing

Executive Leadership Concentration

MU’s 100% online Doctor of Nursing Practice includes an Executive Leadership Concentration, which prepares graduates to perform in the highest ranks of health care management. Through 14 credit hours in this concentration, you’ll engage with topics including transformational management, health care business concepts, equity and inclusion in global health, and epidemiological-driven health initiatives.

Ensuring Your Success Beyond Graduation

From the moment you become a student at Methodist University, you’ll have access to the support needed to obtain career readiness skills, internships, employment, and other career opportunities. And you can tap into a wide variety of career services long after you’ve graduated.

Here are just a few examples of what you can expect for career support as a student or alumnus. You can benefit from all of them remotely.

Individual and Group Workshops

Whether you need help with assessing your skills and defining your career goals or want a crash course in job searching, our staff can help.

Career Readiness

MU Career Services is committed to empowering students with career readiness tools. Contact us for details about our signature programs, the MU Career Challenge, and the Senior Seminar Series.

Mock Interviews

Learn how to respond confidently to general and behavioral interview questions while articulating your strengths with mock interviews.


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