D.N.P., Executive Leadership in Nursing Concentration

ETSU Online DNP Executive Leadership


Mostly Online Nursing, D.N.P.,
Executive Leadership in Nursing Concentration

Nursing, D.N.P., Executive Leadership in Nursing, Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is designed to produce leaders in nursing and health care practice. Specific objectives for the program are to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values to:

Integrate specialized knowledge, theories, and research from nursing science and related disciplines for application to nursing practice; Assume leadership roles as advanced clinicians, nurse educators, and/or administrators; Demonstrate accountability in nursing practice according to accepted standards of patient care and safety; Use information technology to translate research findings into evidence-based practice at the individual and health system levels; Affect desired change by developing and implementing policies at different levels of the health care system and with different constituencies; Provide multidisciplinary leadership through analysis of critical indicators within health care systems to provide optimal client care and safety; and Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in planning and delivery of health management.

"Mostly Online" means that all coursework will be completed online with one required intensive session on campus per semester. For more information on intensive session dates, contact us or visit the Nursing D.N.P. home page.


Applicants seeking admission to the D.N.P. program at ETSU must fulfill all the requirements for admission to both the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing.

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials:

  • A completed application with payment of nonrefundable application fee;
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  • A written essay.

The College of Nursing requirements for admission to the D.N.P. program include:

A bachelor’s (BSN to DNP applicants) in nursing or non-nursing master’s (MSN to DNP applicants) degree, or equivalency for international applicants in nursing, from a nationally accredited nursing program or comparably recognized non-U.S. institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale. Certification (for MSN to DNP applicants) in the selected nursing specialty for the concentration (for instance, FNP certification for the FNP Concentration); at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role for the Executive Leadership concentration;      Or A nursing master’s degree in a different specialty than the program concentrations (executive leadership, PMHNP, ANP/GNP, FNP) (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role;      Or BSN from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a non-nursing master’s degree (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for applicants with cumulative grade point average less than 3.2 as reported by their BSN or MSN institution. Licensure in the United States as a registered nurse and eligibility for licensure in the state of Tennessee or equivalency for international students. At least two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent) in nursing as a registered nurse. Three letters of recommendation: one from the applicant’s current (most recent) supervisor, one from a faculty member who has worked directly with the applicant during previous academic study, and one from an individual selected by the applicant. Completion of an interview. Completion of a writing sample at the time of interview describing a problem the applicant has identified in practice that the applicant might explore in the DNP program.

The personal interview and time for completing the writing sample will be scheduled by the College of Nursing’s DNP Admissions Committee.

Your Nursing, D.N.P., Executive Leadership in Nursing, Concentration Program

Executive Leadership in Nursing: 39 credit hours, 500 practica clock hours

Summer (Optional Semester) Guided Elective (3 credits) - (Consultation with graduate program coordinator or assigned advisor.)

Fall Semester (9 credit hours)

  • NRSE 5000 - Conceptual Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 credits)
  • NRSE 5550 - Human Resource Management in Health Organizations (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5501 - Leadership in Nursing Administration (1 credit)
  • NRSE 6513 - Case Management (3 credits)

Spring Semester (9-12 credit hours)

  • NRSE 5510 - Organizational Theory and Nursing Administration (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5530 - Health Care Organizations and Law (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5590 - Strategic Planning for Health Care Organizations (3 credits)
  • MGMT 5590 - Strategic Planning for Health Care (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5590 - Strategic Planning for Health Care (3 credits)
  • Guided elective (if not taken summer term - consultation with assigned advisor)

Summer: (18 credit hours)

  • NRSE 5001 - Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5520 - Fiscal Management in Nursing Administration (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5580 - Project Management for Nurse Leaders (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5500 - Executive Leadership Practicum (1-3 credits)

Post-Master's Core Courses: 18 credit hours

  • NRSE 6002 - Health Policy Leadership (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6004 - Advanced Quality Management (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6014 - Measurement of Clinical Outcomes (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6019 - Collaborative Approaches to Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6050 - Translation of Nursing Science in Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6711 - Health Care Informatics and Technology (3 credits)

Executive Leadership in Nursing Doctoral Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)

  • NRSE 6712 - Strategic Fiscal Management (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6713 - Systems Management (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6714 - Executive Leadership (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6715 - Contemporary Problems in Executive Leadership in Nursing (3 credits)

Residency, Internship, and Capstone Courses: 10 credit hours

  • NRSE 6800 - DNP Residency Internship (1-3 credits) (500 clock hours)
  • (Repeat course for a total of 7 credit hours) NRSE 6860 - Capstone (3 credits)

Total Hours: B.S.N. to D.N.P. - 79 credit hours/1000 clock hours M.S.N. to D.N.P. - 40 credit hours/500 clock hours

Source: ETSU 2015 - 2016 Graduate Catalog,
Nursing, D.N.P. Executive Leadership in Nursing Concentration


Please Note: Because of state regulatory requirements for nursing programs, students residing outside the state of Tennessee may be required to complete clinical hours in a Tennessee institution or agency. Students wishing to complete clinical courses in their home state may incur additional expenses and/or program time, to cover faculty licensure, travel, and program approval in their state. Regulations governing nursing and higher education vary on a state-by-state basis and cannot always be anticipated in advance of student application to the program. 




2015-16 ETSU graduate base tuition plus online fees*:


  • $554 per credit hour for in-state students
  • $706 per credit hour for eRate for out-of-state students


*Tuition cost reflected here includes 2015-2016 base tuition and online fees only and does not include RODP courses and programs. Some courses and programs may have additional fees. More information can be found on the University Tuition and Fee Information and the Incidental Fee Information pages.


Students meeting the requirements for Border County residency qualify for in-state tuition rates. 


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