DNP- Executive Health Systems Leadership


A DNP in Executive Health Systems Leadership (EHSL) focuses on leadership development, specifically for nurses across complex health and educational organizations. The DNP in EHSL has been explicitly developed to disseminate knowledge of the inner workings of health care systems, helping nurses advance their careers in administration and leadership through achieving learning outcomes involving human resources, finance, governance, law, business, and policy advocacy. Graduates of this DNP will be well-positioned to practice in a range of multifaceted clinical, organizational, and educational systems with diverse populations. They will also be able to influence changes in health care outcomes through evidence-based decision making and system redesign. Graduates from our EHSL track are equipped to practice in a wide variety of roles and settings, including Chief Nursing Officer, Nurse Education/Policy, Executive Director, Nursing Managerial Positions, University/College Faculty.

Our EHSL students are prepared to:

  • Serve in senior leadership roles
  • Influence positive financial fitness in healthcare settings
  • Increase patient safety
  • Mitigate organizational risks
  • Lead positive changes in workplace environments
  • Strategic planning
  • Lead evidence-based practice changes
  • Advocate and lead policy change
  • Improve healthcare outcomes
  • Influence and create paths for workforce development
  • Human Resource administration

Available Pathways

Post-Master's Executive Health Systems Leadership DNP


The DNP Role

Our DNP program prepares students for progressive, executive nursing leadership roles. The DNP program’s academic (didactic) curriculum and required clinical hours provide each student with a solid foundation to become a leader within the nursing profession. Each student will have the opportunity to work with faculty who are nationally recognized for their clinical practice, research, and health advocacy. Additionally, students will gain experience within diverse organizations with expert preceptors.

The Executive Health Systems Leadership Track is offered fully online as a part-time plan of study allowing nurse leaders across the country to participate. The program is six semesters and can be completed in two years. Optional dual programs are currently being explored with the FSU College of Business to offer a pathway to an MBA along with the DNP. Likewise, a dual program with the FSU College of Law is being explored to offer the Juris Master’s (JM) as an option with the DNP. More information to come on both of these exciting opportunities. Some examples of the content that will be covered in the program are as follows:

Year One

  • DNP Roles in Healthcare
  • Organizational Change
  • Healthcare Communities
  • Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Policy and Legal Complexities
  • Practicum experience

Year Two

  • Healthcare Finance
  • Healthcare Economics and Entrepreneurship
  • Population Health
  • Health Equity
  • Continued practicum experience
  • DNP Project Planning, Application, and Implementation

In addition, students will work with faculty to complete an Evidence-Based Quality Improvement DNP Project based on AACN’s The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice in collaboration with a clinical agency or organization local to the student.

Application Requirements

MSN with a minimum GPA of 3.2
BSN plus a master’s in a non-nursing field with a minimum GPA of 3.2
Two years, minimum, of progressive healthcare leadership

How to Apply

2022 Graduate Handbook

2022 Graduate Handbook Supplement EHSL