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Combined Post-Masters Nurse Executive Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice

Students may wish to earn both a Post-Masters Nurse Executive Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) simultaneously. The Post-Masters Nurse Executive Certificate and DNP combined option will provide a solid academic and practical foundation for masters prepared nurses.

Nurse Executive Certificate

The Nurse Executive Certificate is designed for nurses interested in entrepreneurial and executive leadership roles in health care.

For more information regarding the Post-Masters Nurse Executive Certificate Program please refer to:

https://www.wilmu.edu/health/nursing-leadership-certificate.aspx

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Nurses in advanced practice roles need to have forward-thinking clinical expertise and leadership skills at their command to promote the application and implementation of evidence-based practices linked to original scientific research. Accomplishing this goal requires the application of health policy, informatics, population health, and business practices to the care of individuals, families, and communities. The DNP is a terminal degree designed to prepare advanced nurses to meet the nation's increasingly complex health care needs. 

For more information regarding the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, please refer to: https://www.wilmu.edu/health/dnp.aspx

Program Information 

Admission, progression, and graduation requirements are a coordinated effort within the College of Health Professions graduate and doctoral programs. The combined Post-Masters Nurse Executive Certificate and DNP program is 45 credits / 500 experiential engagement hours for students in the Advanced Practice DNP track and 57 credits / 1,000 experiential engagement hours for students in the Leadership DNP track. Students will be dual advised by the MSN Leadership Program Chair and DNP Program Chair. 

DNP 7104: Politics and Policy in the Health Care System meets the requirements for the DNP program and for HCA 7720: Health Policy and Economics in the Post-Masters Nurse Executive Certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet admission requirements for both the Post-Masters Nurse Executive as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

In addition, this program requires two applications, one to the Post-Masters Nurse Executive program and one to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.



Advanced Practice Concentration (45 credits, 15 courses)


Nurse Exectutive Certificate Courses

MSN 6612 Nurse Executive Seminar I (Must be taken before II, Includes clinical hours)

MSN 6613 Nurse Executive Seminar II

MGT 6501 Organization Theory and Design


Final Course Requirement:

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete.

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

DNP Core Courses

DNP 7000 Bioethics for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7101 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7103 Population Health (20 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 7104 Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System

DNP 7105 Healthcare Economics and the Business of Practice

DNP 7106 Healthcare Informatics

DNP 7107 Applied Evidence-Based Practice

DNP 7108 Quality Improvement in Healthcare (35 experiential engagement hours)

DNP Project Courses

DNP 8000 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I (145 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8001 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II (150 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8002 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III (150 experiential engagement hours)


Leadership Concentration (57 Credits, 19 Courses)

Nurse Executive Certificate Courses

MSN 6612 Nurse Executive Seminar I (Must be taken before II, Includes clinical hours)

MSN 6613 Nurse Executive Seminar II

MGT 6501 Organization Theory and Design

Final Course Requirement

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete.

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

DNP Core Courses

DNP 7000 Bioethics for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7101 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7103 Population Health (20 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 7104 Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System

DNP 7105 Healthcare Economics and the Business of Practice

DNP 7106 Healthcare Informatics

DNP 7107 Applied Evidence-Based Practice

DNP 7108 Quality Improvement in Healthcare (35 experiential engagement hours)

DNP Project Courses

DNP 8000 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I (145 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8001 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II (150 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8002 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III (150 experiential engagement hours)

Experiential Engagement Courses

DNP 9001 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement I (125 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 9002 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement II (125 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 9003 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement III (125 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 9004 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement IV (125 experiential engagement hours)




This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2019 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.