Nursing – Executive Leadership (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Concentration in Executive Leadership (DNP)

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

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. Nurses with the knowledge and experience earned through this program 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 (Institute for Healthcare Improvement). Set the new standard by joining this very unique program!

Convenient Online Format
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.

Multi-Faceted Credentials
Students completing the DNP in Executive Leadership will receive a DNP degree and 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).

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Admission Requirements

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.

State Authorization for Online Students
In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to 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 an employer with a 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 recommendation are required from any of the following sources:
    • Faculty from a recent nursing program
    • Supervisor in an employment setting
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Physician 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. This program is an online program. Admitted students are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.

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

  • Fall (early deadline) – February 1*
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – August 15

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

Enrollment Deposit
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.