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Designed for Nurse Leaders

The Baylor name is synonymous with excellence in healthcare education–and it’s why hospitals have partnered with us to shape the next generation of leaders. Our online DNP in Executive Nurse Leadership (DNP-ENL) was built with busy professionals in mind:

  • Continue to work full-time & apply what you learn immediately to the real world.
  • Coursework is 100% online–login anytime with no required campus visits.
  • Students have the option to complete their doctoral project locally.
  • Get started with two entry points to choose from; no GRE/MAT is required.

Using the Adams Influence Model framework, Baylor’s online DNP-ENL program provides competencies in influential leadership, data-driven business strategy, and transformative care models. Students develop advanced business acumen and gain leadership skills to transform healthcare systems while creating a network of colleagues and mentors.

 Online DNP - Executive Nurse Leadership Fast Facts

  • 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.

 Why choose Baylor's Online DNP - Executive Nurse Leadership program?

  • Unlike similar programs, Baylor's DNP-ENL program is 100 percent online with no required campus visits.
  • Centered on the Adams Influence Model, a framework for nurse leaders.
  • No GRE/MAT is required for admission.
  • Doctoral project component can be completed in your local area.

 Online DNP-ENL Curriculum At-A-Glance

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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.

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.

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.

The Baylor Difference

Baylor University DNP - Executive Nurse Leadership 36 $1,150
Vanderbilt University DNP: Executive Leadership 35 $1,556
George Washington University DNP: Executive Leadership 43 $1,340
University of Pittsburgh DNP - Health Systems Executive Leadership 43 $1,306
Johns Hopkins University DNP Executive Track 40 $1,721
East Tennessee State University DNP - Executive Leadership in Nursing 38 $1,429



I have been thrilled with the DNP-ENL program at Baylor. I LOVE THIS PROGRAM!

Tami Taylor | DNP Executive Nurse Leadership

Tami Taylor student testimonial Baylor University online
Without reservation, I highly endorse Baylor’s distance ENL program and confidently make this statement based on my first-hand perspective and noteworthy experience. If you want to excel as a nurse leader/executive, this program is suited for you. But be prepared to put in work; trust me, you will learn profoundly.

Ardel Guillamas Avelino | DNP Executive Nurse Leadership

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 Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Baylor University's Online DNP-ENL program

Unlike similar programs, Baylor's DNP-ENL program is 100% online with no required campus visits.

DNP-ENL students typically complete the program in two (2) years

Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing understands the needs and challenges of busy RNs. Our online coursework allows you to balance your career with your other commitments.

Yes. Baylor University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE**).

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.

Online DNP-Executive Nurse Leadership Program Outcomes


Design practice environments that enhance interprofessional and inter dependent collaboration, and use a comprehensive set of executive skills and knowledge to influence organizational decisions and change.

Forecast and monitor innovations, evidence-based practices, regulatory and policy trends, technology and changing population needs to inform future strategy.

Transform care delivery models and optimize operations processes to reduce variation and improve outcomes across the care continuum.

We think you will find our school unlike any other in that we truly do consider ourselves as called to prepare nurses through the integration of faith and excellent academics.

**The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Baylor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The DNP program of study conforms to the educational guidelines for the state of Texas and the National Task Force Criteria for Nurse Practitioner Programs.


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