Advanced Nursing Practice (Innovation Leadership), DNP

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This concentration is directed toward 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.

The DNP program with a concentration in innovation leadership, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, is directed toward 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. This concentration focuses on improving health care through facilitating a culture of best practice and providing skills necessary to develop advanced practice nursing leaders for the future.

Graduates of this program are able to facilitate the application and integration of research into clinical practice using innovative approaches across multiple settings to improve health care, patient outcomes and health care systems.

This program is offered in a hybrid iCourse and in-person format that requires students to travel to campus for up to a week for orientation at the beginning of the program and two or three times per semester.

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Advanced Nursing Practice (Innovation Leadership), DNP

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the 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.

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.

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Questions about this concentration? Please email dnpnursing@asu.edu.

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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.

Applicants 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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