Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Executive Nurse Leadership
For nurses in management positions who are interested in executive leadership in healthcare settings, the DNP - Executive Nurse Leadership program is available. Throughout the onlineDoctor of Nursing Practice - Executive Nurse Leadership (DNP-ENL) program, students develop executive knowledge and competencies in influential leadership, data-driven business strategy, and transformative care models.
Baylor’s online DNP leadership curriculum prepares nursing professionals to influence decision-making in major healthcare systems and hospitals. Students gain hands-on experience designing initiatives, leading collaborative teams, managing external constituents and more. Learn to advocate for nurses in your profession and organization to implement thoughtful, strategic shifts and improve outcomes.
Main coursework is 100 percent online with no required campus visits.
Courses are 15 weeks and the average degree completion time is 6 semesters.
Total Project Hours required: 1,000 hours
Centered on the Adams Influence Model, a framework for nurse leaders.
No GRE/GMAT is required for admission.
Doctoral project component can be completed in your local area.
To be considered for enrollment in the DNP Executive Nurse Leadership program, you must meet the following requirements:
MSN from a regionally accredited School of Nursing, or any master’s in business/health-related degree such as MHA, MPH, MBA, etc.
BSN from a regionally accredited school of nursing
GPA 3.0 or above (BSN)
Current unencumbered RN license
Two years of supervisory/management experience at Director level or above, with strategic planning, budgetary, and financial responsibilities within the past five years
Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
Tuition & Financial Aid
The cost per credit hour is $1,100 for the DNP-ENL program. Typically, the program requires 36 credit hours to complete.
Baylor University is distinguished in healthcare and business, preparing students with the skills and knowledge to stand out in the industry.
The Louise Herrington School of Nursing is nationally recognized and:
Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Approved by the Texas Board of Nursing
Member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Featured in U.S. News & World Report for the 2020 Best Graduate Schools, ranking our DNP in the top 15%
Ranked by Best-Nursing-Colleges.com as the #10 Best Nursing College in Texas.
About Baylor University
Established in 1845, Baylor University is Texas’ oldest continuously operating University. With more than 170 years of educational excellence, Baylor University is a nationally recognized and respected institution of higher learning.
At Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, we provide students with a competitively robust education through the integration of faith and academic excellence. Baylor nurses have been called to make a difference and care for others. Our distinguished reputation exemplifies our motto:
Learn: Significantly contributes to the nursing profession through clinical practice, education, and teaching, administrative leadership, research, writing, publishing and/or healthcare innovation.
Lead: Demonstrates leadership in community affairs, nursing professional organizations and in the growth and development of others in these areas.
Serve: Positively promotes and advances the nursing profession in the community through volunteering and/or outreach efforts.
Values & Mission
At Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, it’s our mission to prepare Baylor nurses who can make an impact at the highest levels of healthcare and in the world around them.
Graduates possess the skills to become agents of change, advocates and transformative leaders in whichever environment they choose to work. They are nurses who understand the bigger picture and are able to influence both the clinical and administrative sides of healthcare and nursing.
NUR 6302 Resource Attainment and Allocation (foundational course)
Examine advanced business principles and skills that are critical to strategically obtaining and allocating financial and human resources. Learn how to operationalize resources for current and future care delivery models.
NUR 6307 Strategic Economic and Financial Concepts
Analyze current trends in healthcare economics and their impact on organizational financial practices. Obtain hands-on experience (i.e., practicum hour with business executives) to develop specific skills and knowledge to effectively respond to changing economic and financial expectations and improve stakeholder perception of nursing’s value to the organization.
NUR 6306 Creating Excellence in Professional Practice Environments
Prepare to strategically envision and design structures and processes that will advance excellence in professional nursing practice. Learn how to develop and sustain a practice environment that promotes optimal outcomes for patients, nurses, and organizations.
NUR 6377 Policy and Implications for Healthcare
This course provides the student with information to facilitate the identification and analysis of emerging priority areas for health from state, national, and international nursing perspectives. The role of advocate for population groups from a position of leadership is emphasized.
NUR 6305 Business Intelligence and Advanced Decision-Making in Complex Healthcare Organizations
This course focuses on the use of business and healthcare technology data to improve, predict performance, influence and optimize decisions in health care and promote effective strategy development to improve operational and clinical outcomes. The course will provide an opportunity to collaborate with healthcare leaders to apply knowledge in a selected setting.
Upcoming Start Dates
Next Application Deadline: Now Accepting Applications. Seating is limited.
Next Start Date: September 5th, 2023
DNP-ENL Course Curriculum
Online DNP-Executive Nurse Leadership Program Outcomes
The online DNP-Executive Nurse Leadership program outcomes are designed to meet the standards of professional organizations such as the American Organization of Nurse Leadership (AONL), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and others.
Data-Driven Business Strategy
Transformative Care Models
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