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MSN to DNP - Executive Leader

Individuals who want to seek clinical nurse leadership careers could pursue additional education in order to reach their career goals. At Purdue University Global, they might study for the Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Path with a specialization in Executive Leader. Learn more about it here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Path with Executive Leader Concentration

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Academic pre-requisites for the program are as follows:

Students applying to Purdue University Global's MSN to DNP Path with Executive Leader concentration are required to have a bachelor's degree with an upper-level major in nursing from an accredited university, and they need to have graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Those admitted to the program must complete both a statistics course and a nursing research course, each with a grade of 'C' or better, before they are able to enroll in the MSN to DNP program's core requirement course, Scientific and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice.

Additional requirements for the program include:

Applicants must provide proof of having worked at least 1000 clinical hours as a registered nurse within the last three years. Additionally, applicants must have an approved background check, obtain two reference letters from professional/academic contacts, and provide a personal statement.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's MSN to DNP program with Executive Leadership concentration is designed to train students to fulfill advanced nursing roles in a variety of settings. Students in the Executive Leader specialization have the opportunity to work with a mentor and engage in practical, hands-on experiences in clinical settings, applying theoretical learning to real-life application. The MSN to DNP program is designed for students who desire to pursue a Doctora of Nursing Practice degree upon completion of their Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60 credit hours.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the MSN to DNP Path, Executive Leader Concentration:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (30 credits)

  • Advanced Nursing Roles (5 credits)
  • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing (5 credits)
  • Scientific and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice (5 credits)
  • Epidemiology and Health Promotion (5 credits)
  • Health Policy, Ethical, and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System (5 credits)
  • Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Health Care Delivery (5 credits)

Executive Leader Concentration Courses (30 credits)

  • Leadership, Organizational Theory, and Behavior (5 credits)
  • Health Care Finance, Strategic Planning, and Budgeting (5 credits)
  • Human Resources Management (5 credits)
  • Innovation in Health Care Information Technology - Administrative and Advanced Practice Priorities (5 credits)
  • Executive Leader Practicum (5 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project (5 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the MSN to DNP with Executive Leader concentration go on to pursue their DNP at Purdue Global University. For those who wish to supplement their education further, post-master's certificates are available in the following areas:

  • Executive Leader Post-Master's Certificate
  • Nurse Educator Post-Master's Certificate
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Post-Master's Certificate
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

Career Paths:

Students who have completed the MSN to DNP program with Executive Leader specialization will have taken courses focused on advanced nursing theory and practice as well as course on health policy and health systems.

Graduates of the program might work in settings like those of hospitals, care facilities, and community health centers, or in government or education settings. Careers that graduates may undertake include:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Post-secondary nurse instructor or teacher
  • Nurse educator
  • Management or leadership positions within nursing

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