Advanced Nursing Practice (Innovation Leadership), DNP

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This concentration is directed toward master's degree-prepared professional nurses who seek the scholarship, skills and capacity to lead effective change in systems, organizations and practice environments, using innovation theories and methodologies as the frame for their leadership practice. The focus is on improving health care through facilitating a culture of best practice and providing skills necessary to develop advanced practice nursing leaders for the future.

Designed to take students' thinking and career to the next level, this nationally recognized DNP program leverages innovation theory, complexity science and the application of the latest evidence to advanced health system outcomes.

This program of study is for leaders --- e.g., chief nurse executive, strategist, informaticist or clinical director --- who want to create sustainable health care in the communities they serve.

Students learn how to optimize human and social capital, create measurable impact on their organizations and foster environments of excellence through innovation.

Some of the courses students take include:

  • Innovation Leadership for Tomorrow's Healthcare
  • Financing Healthcare for a Sustainable Future
  • Navigating Culture to Create Successful Change and Transformation
  • Systems Thinking for Improved Organizational Performance

Offered as a hybrid program, most coursework is in iCourse format which affords optimal flexibility. There are also two to three opportunities per semester for in-person dialogue and exchange.

Acknowledged by graduates as a life-changing experience, this program is one of deep personal discovery and diverse professional enrichment. Students are part of a rich social fabric of highly engaged, intellectually astute and practically sound nursing leaders who are changing health care for the nation.

At A Glance

Advanced Nursing Practice (Innovation Leadership), DNP

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: December 15

Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis after this deadline. Apply as soon as possible for consideration.

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Sample Program of Study

Courses for full time students are typically sequenced as follows in the Sample Program of Study. For part time students, a program of study will be modified based on this course sequencing.

Financing Your Education

Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Students accepted into this Edson College program are eligible to apply for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program to help complete their degree.

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Degree requirements

Required Core (21 credit hours)
DNP 604 Advanced Human Pathophysiology Across Lifespan (4)
DNP 605 Advanced Health Assessment Across Lifespan (3)
DNP 608 Applied Pharmacotherapeutics Across Lifespan (3)
DNP 609 Advanced Practice Nursing Role (1)
DNP 704 Principles of Evidence-Based Care in Advanced Practice (4)
DNP 705 Health Care Outcome Management (3)
DNP 708 Systems Thinking in a Complex Healthcare Environment (3)

Concentration (13 credit hours)
DNP 713 Analysis of Organizational Cultures in Health Care (3)
DNP 714 Professional Relationships in Healthcare (3)
DNP 716 Leadership of Innovation in Health Care (4)
NUR 640 Integrative Theories of Innovation Health Care (3)

Other Requirement (20 credit hours)
DNP 601 Theoretical Foundations for Advance Practice Nursing (3)
DNP 602 Evaluating Research for Practice (3)
DNP 679 Biostatistics: Principals of Statistical Inference (3)
DNP 703 Innovation in Communication: Scholarly and Professional Writing (2)
DNP 709 Individual and Innovation Leadership in Healthcare Practice (3)
DNP 711 Healthcare Policy and Innovation (3)
DNP 715 Dynamics and Principles of Information in Health Care (3)

Electives and Research (18 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
Applied Project: DNP 712 Clinical Residency and Management (12)

Additional Curriculum Information
Completion of an evidence-based doctoral applied project focused on a clinical issue relevant to advanced practice nursing is required.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center has recommended a minimum of 1,000 postbaccalaureate practicum hours for all students completing a nurse practitioner doctoral program. This program includes 1,125 practicum hours, exceeding the ANCC requirement.

For electives or research, students should see the academic unit for the approved course list. Other coursework may be used with the approval of the academic unit.

When approved by the student's supervisory committee and the Graduate College, this program allows up to 30 credit hours from a previously awarded master's degree to be used for this program.

Other requirement coursework may be substituted with approval of the academic unit if the student is in an approved concurrent program.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in nursing from a nationally recognized, regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. three professional letters of recommendation
  4. resume
  5. goal statement
  6. admission essay
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency per the Graduate College requirement and all requirements for the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.

A current unencumbered RN license in the state in which the student plans to do clinical practicums is required. All students are also required to have an unencumbered Arizona RN license or an unencumbered compact state RN license as mandated by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The RN license must remain unencumbered throughout enrollment in any nursing program.

An interview with program faculty is required.

Health and safety requirements include passing disposition on a background clearance and satisfactory completion of a substance screen.

An admission examination is not required.

Applications are reviewed on a space-available basis after the priority deadline. Students should see the program website for application deadlines.

Features and Benefits

  • Designed for students living or working at a distance, this program is offered in hybrid format. One or two visits to campus are required each semester, and once in the summer for face to face time with expert faculty and colleagues. Other course content is offered online through various technology-assisted designs.
  • Cost and time efficient: 5 semester program of study (3 semesters per academic year)
  • Learner-centered curriculum
  • Focus on evidence-based practice
  • Designed to develop out-of-box thinkers with solutions for complex health care problems
  • Mentorship and skills to take you beyond expert practice to become the leader of the future now!

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