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Post-Master's DNP Executive Leadership Track

The ability to serve as an executive leader within the hospital or academic setting requires a breadth of knowledge and skills that encompasses several disciplines. To prepare future nursing leaders for these high profile positions within hospitals or academic institutions, this track offers the nurse the opportunity to serve along side leaders of healthcare or academic institutions in gaining the knowledge, skills, and wisdom needed to lead healthcare institutions in the future. The student will strengthen their understanding of the profession of nursing while gaining business principles to support the future leadership role.

Are You Eligible? Post-Master's DNP Admission Criteria

  • Current unencumbered RN and APN licensure (if applicable) in state of residence.
  • Eligible for licensure as registered nurse and APN (if applicable) in Tennessee
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science, preferably in Nursing, from an accredited program.
  • Completion of a master's degree in nursing from an accredited program preferred
  • Earned masters degree other than an MSN may be considered but may require additional coursework prior to enrollment. If applying for nurse practitioner or nurse anesthesia tracks, must demonstrate evidence of current national certification in the specialty area.
  • Cumulative Graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Interview with the Nursing Graduate Admissions Selection Committee
  • International students must complete TOEFL with WES evaluations of transcripts
  • Statement of past clinical and/or work experiences, scholarly activities, and community service that supports future goals in obtaining a Practice Doctorate

Program Offerings and Deadlines

Priority Application deadline of March 1 is noted for acceptance into this track that begins in the fall of each year.

2014-2015 Tuition Rates

Post-Master's DNP Full-time Curriculum Model

Year 1

Fall Semester I
NUR 720 Faith and Science 3
NUR 710 Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 730 Epidemiology 3
    9
Spring Semester I
NUR 715 Tech. Transformations of Health Care 3
NUR 725 Health Care Policy & Economics 3
NUR 790 DNP Project Development 3
    9
Summer Semester I
NUR 735 Fellowship I (180 clinical hours) 2
NUR 745 Leadership & Teaching Practice Strategies 3
NUR 705 Org. Leadership and Management 3
    8

Year 2

Fall Semester II
NUR 736 Fellowship II (240 clinical hours) 3
NUR 791 DNP Project Implementation 3
    6
Spring Semester II
NUR 737 Fellowship III (240 clinical hours) 3
NUR 792 Project Completion 3
    6

Total Curriculum Hours: 38

Total Clinical Hours: 660

Post-Master's DNP Part-time Curriculum Model

Year 1

Fall Semester I
NUR 720 Faith and Science 3 (3-0)
    3
Spring Semester I
NUR 715 Technological Transformations of Healthcare 3 (3-0)
    3
Summer Semester I
NUR 705 Organizational Leadership and Management 3 (3-0)
    3

Year 2

Fall Semester II
NUR 710 Methods for Evidence Based Practice 3 (3-0)
NUR 730 Epidemiology 3 (3-0)
    6
Spring Semester II
NUR 793 DNP Project Development 3 (3-0)
NUR 725 Healthcare Policy and Economics 3 (3-0)
    6
Summer Semester II
NUR 735 Fellowship I (180 clinical hours) 2 (0-2)
NUR 745 Leadership and Teaching Practice Strategies 3 (3-0)
    5

Year 3

Fall Semester III
NUR 791 DNP Project Implementation 3 (3-0)
NUR 738 Fellowship II (240 clinical hours) 3 (0-3)
    6
Spring Semester III
NUR 794 DNP Project Completion 3 (3-0)
NUR 739 Fellowship III (240 clinical hours) 3 (0-3)
    6

Total Curriculum Hours: 38

Total Clinical Hours: 660

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions Checklist for the Post-Master's DNP

  1. Application: All non-traditional nursing students must complete the Union University School of Nursing's applications only. You are not required to apply to the university separately. NursingCAS AND Supplemental Application Packet (.pdf)
  2. Personal Statement: Complete the personal statement found on NursingCAS. Please provide a statement of professional goals. Topics to be included are:
    • Your reasons for seeking a clinical doctorate
    • Your plans to use this degree to transform your practice and the profession of nursing
    • A problem statement reflective of an issue in your practice you have identified as an opportunity for a practice inquiry project
    • How you have prepared for success in this program
  3. Application Fee: The application fee is $50 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order with your paper application. The NursingCAS application fee is $65 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online via the NursingCAS website.
  4. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be submitted directly through NursingCAS. Please do not send transcripts for non-traditional nursing programs to Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from previous academic institutions attended. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be sent to:
    • NursingCAS
      P.O. Box 9201
      Watertown, MA 02471
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional/academic reference specifying the applicant's capabilities for graduate study to include one letter of reference from the current supervisor. Letter of Recommendation forms are a part of the NuringCAS application.
  6. Provide proof of BSN degree completion, if applicable.
  7. Provide proof of current RN Licensure.
  8. Provide proof of Undergraduate Statistics.
  9. Submission of a Curriculum Vitae.
  10. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. All application documents must be received prior to the application deadlines. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible for admission.


*Please allow 2-4 weeks after application packet has been submitted to be received in the Office of Admissions and up to 2 weeks to process application. Applicant will be notified by email when application has been processed.

*Upon acceptance into the program, the following items must be completed:

  • Current CPR Health Care Provider Certification
  • Immunization Records
  • Clear urine drug screen
  • Clear criminal background check
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