Why UM-Flint

Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Concentration in Executive Leadership

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a concentration in Executive Leadership program at the University of Michigan-Flint allows working professionals to prepare for leadership roles with convenient online learning and twice-per-semester residencies at the School of Management.

Lead Your Field

Executive nurse leaders are a crucial part of the rapidly changing healthcare field. National demand for DNP professionals with executive leadership skills increased 47% in the past four years. Set the new standard by joining this very unique program.

Nurses with an existing master’s degree who wish to obtain this type of DNP may be current nurse managers in various types of patient care units, chief operating officers of nursing or medical centers, or those in other management-level nursing positions.

Convenient Research Courses

The DNP’s online format allows practicing RNs to expand their expertise with doctoral-level and research courses in a manner conducive to the busy lives of healthcare professionals. Nurses with this knowledge and experience set the standards and vision for nursing practice in the delivery of care that meets the “Triple Aim:” improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction); improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita cost of health care.

All courses are offered online except for those in the School of Management that require residency experiences. These residencies will take place approximately two times during the semester, and students will be required to be present on campus for a Friday and Saturday.

Multi-Faceted Credentials

Healthcare delivery has changed dramatically in the past 15 years, signaling the need for a new conceptualization of nursing education to better serve the patient care needs of the nation (American Association of Colleges of Nursing-AACN, 2015-d).

Students completing the DNP in Executive Leadership will also receive a post-graduate certificate in organizational leadership from the School of Management. This prepares graduates for the influential role they will play in guiding complex care that is based on research, evidence, and best practices. The program entry requirements ensure that the applicant will be eligible to take the Nurse Executive Advanced Certification (NEA-BC) exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) exam through the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

Accessible Expert Faculty

Students have the opportunity to learn from professionals at the forefront of their fields, who combine clinical expertise with sustained academic excellence. Our expert faculty are driving new research on a wide variety of topics in healthcare and nurse education, and all instructors make themselves available online and in person.


Degree Requirements

The DNP in Executive Leadership plan of study consists of 34-43 credits, depending on course waivers:


Fall (9 credits)

  • NUR 601 - Biostatistics for Advanced Practice in Health Care (3)
  • NUR 810 - Transcultural Care for Advanced Practice (3)
  • MGT 501 - Organizational Communication and Negotiation (3)

Winter (9 credits)

  • NUR 700 - Healthcare Research I (3)
  • NUR 840 - Organizational and Administrative Theory (3)
  • MGT 549 - Leadership in Organizations (3)

Spring (4 credits)

  • NUR 606 - Epidemiology for Advanced Practice in Health Care (2)
  • NUR 820 - Health Policy and Economics (2)

Fall (10 credits)

  • NUR 607 - Informatics (3)
  • NUR 703 - Healthcare and Theoretical Perspectives I (4)
  • MGT 582 - Strategy, Organizational Theory and Design (3)

Winter (5 credits)

  • NUR 901 - DNP Research Seminar I (2)
  • MGT 547 - Strategic Innovation Management (3)


  • No coursework

Fall (4 credits)

  • NUR 845 - Advanced Practice Role for the Nurse Executive Leader (2)
  • NUR 902 - DNP Research II (2)

Winter (2 credits)

  • NUR 910 - DNP Research Seminar III (1)
  • NUR 911 - MSN-DNP Research Seminar IV (1)

Transfer Credit

Up to six (6) credits of graduate coursework completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer or waiver.  Transfers and waivers of credit are subject to the approval of the Graduate Academic Standards Committee and are made in accordance with the policies of the Graduate Faculty Committee.

Additional information on the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Executive Leadership including course descriptions can be found in the catalog



A candidate must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • BSN from an accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the United States.
  • Master’s degree with a GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in one of the following areas: Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Public Health, Business Administration, Public Administration, Health Care Administration, or a related administrative or nursing field deemed acceptable to SON faculty for entry into this program.
  • Applicants must have 24 months of current mid-level administrative or higher position experience (nurse manager, supervisor, director, assistant director) or a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration or a nursing management or executive consultation position full-time in the last five years.
  • Prospective students must also have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last three years.
    • Candidates admitted to the DNP in executive leadership program must demonstrate that they possess the attributes necessary to succeed in the challenging DNP-level nursing curriculum and must be able to act as professional nurses where appropriate.

Essential qualities of candidates include the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical abilities required for satisfactory completion of the executive leadership curriculum and development of professional attributes required of all students upon completion.


This program is designed to meet licensure requirements in the state of Michigan. The University has not made a determination as to whether this program satisfies academic prerequisites for licensure in any state other than Michigan. The University makes no representation that the credits you complete as part of this program would be accepted towards licensure qualification in your state. We advise you to contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state where you are located (and, if different, the state where you intend to seek licensure). The NCSBN website may provide a link to your state board of nursing here: https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm.  


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copy of current RN license in the U.S. (submit either a license verification printout or a photocopy of license)
  • Proof of employment as a mid-level administrative or higher position (nurse manager, supervisor, director, assistant director, etc.) or a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration or a nursing management or executive consultation position full-time for 24 months in the last five years.
    • Satisfied by a letter from employer with position title.
  • Proof of completion of 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last three years.
    • Satisfied by continuing education certificate or summary of continuing education.
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Professional Goal Statement should be a one-two page typewritten document in APA format, double-spaced. Please include:
    • Description of reasons for pursuing a DNP, professional plans, career goals, and why the candidate wants to attend UM-Flint
    • Description of how candidate’s past nursing experiences will prepare him/her for an advanced nursing degree
    • List of any past achievements in nursing including any professional organization memberships or positions, awards, scholarships, nominations, certifications, committee/project work, or other accomplishments such as scholarly publications
    • Explanation of candidate’s research interests
  • Three letters of recommendations are required from any of the following sources:
    • Faculty from a recent nursing program
    • Supervisor in an employment setting
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Physician’s Assistant, MD, or DO
    • All recommenders should be familiar with the candidate’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment.
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Please visit the Office of Graduate Programs International Students page for details. This program is an online program. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the application deadline.

Fall (early deadline) - May 1*
Fall (final deadline) - July 31

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.


If you are selected for admission to the DNP - Executive Leadership program, you will be required to pay a $500 enrollment deposit to reserve your seat. The deadline to pay the deposit will be indicated in your letter of admission.

Campus Orientation

If admitted to the program, you must attend an on-campus orientation before the program begins. The date will be indicated in your letter of admission.