Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)Executive Nurse Leadership

Online DNP Executive Nurse Leadership 100% Online

100% Online DNP

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Online DNP Executive Nurse Leadership Program No GMAT

No GRE or GMAT required

[em]Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)[/em]Executive Nurse Leadership

Designed for Nurse Leaders

Distinguish yourself at nursing’s highest level with Baylor University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice - Executive Nurse Leadership (DNP-ENL) program. The 100 percent online program prepares you with executive knowledge and competencies in influential leadership, data-driven business strategy, and transformative care models.


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/GMAT is required for admission.
  • Doctoral project and residency can be completed in your local area.
Cost Comparison
Institution Program Name Credits Required Cost per Credit Hour (Online)
Baylor University DNP - Executive Nurse Leadership 36 $1,100
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
Program Features At-A-Glance

The online DNP-ENL program allows you to learn while you continue to lead in your current role.

  • Stand out at your organization as a proven nurse leader and practice scholar.
  • Develop advanced business acumen and leadership skills to transform hospitals and/or healthcare systems.
  • Continue to work while enrolled in a 100 percent online program with no required campus visits.
  • Gain advanced knowledge while creating a network of colleagues and mentors.
  • Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, ranked 41st in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools.
Admissions Requirements At-A-Glance

There are a few requirements for admission to the DNP-ENL program:

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • (or) Bachelor of Science in Nursing with master’s in non-nursing health-related field (for example, MHA, MPH, MBA) and certified in executive nursing practice (AONL, ANCC)
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • A total GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Graduate level statistics or research methods courses
  • 2 years of director experience with budgetary and financial responsibilities, strategic planning, and influential leadership
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
Curriculum At-A-Glance

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.


For featured courses and their descriptions, please download the program guide.

Influence Outcomes

Baylor’s online DNP executive leadership curriculum is centered on the Adams Influence Model (AIM), a framework for nurse leaders. AIM connects the factors, attributes and processes of influence — essential for attaining stakeholder buy-in and implementing organizational change. It can help you use your skills and knowledge to reach new heights in your professional life.

DNP-ENL State Restrictions

Currently, the Baylor University Online DNP-ENL program is available in the following states:

DNP state authorization map

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
Advance in your Field

Opportunities for nurse executives are increasing exponentially. Enroll in Baylor’s reputable online DNP executive leadership program to demonstrate your potential and address pressing needs.

  • Join a rapidly expanding field in one of the fastest growing industries. Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • Increase your earning potential: The average salary for a nurse executive is $131,000 (
  • Use new skills to tap the limitless potential of data analytics and improve outcomes.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of business and healthcare models to put patient care first.
  • Harness out-of-control costs to providers and patients.

Put your advanced understanding of leadership and business to use in various roles.

  • Vice President of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Chief Nursing Executive

In an ever-changing landscape that relies heavily on our business and political economies, your background and expertise has never been more essential to our nation’s continued success. Learn more about the DNP-ENL program today.


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