Fast-Tracked Pathway from BSN to DNP-Leadership

Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an interest in management or leadership can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice-Leadership in four years of part-time study.

This is not a traditional BSN-DNP option because students earn a Master of Science in Nursing and then transition immediately into the DNP-Leadership curriculum.

The earned Master’s is advantageous to students because life can “happen,” and students have an advanced degree and promotion opportunities, even before they complete the DNP.


No prerequisites are required.


Master's Degree

Course Semester Hours
500 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing 3
710 Biostatistics 3
726 Analysis of Evidence-Based Practice 3
759 Information Systems & Technology for Transformation of Health Care 3
815 Organizational Management and Leadership in Health Care Systems 3
736 Translation of Evidence into Practice 3
740 Impact of Ethics & Law on the Role of the DNP 3
765 Health Care Policy and Financial Management 3
558 Managed Care and Integrated Systems 3
554 Human Resource Management 3
614 Management Practicum with Capstone Project 6
Total 36

Doctor of Nursing Practice-Leadership

Course Semester Hours
707 Principles of Epidemiology and Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
735 Interprofessional Collaboration and Advanced Program Planning 3
745 Managing Human Capital 3
834.1 DNP Project I 3
834.2 DNP Project II 4
834.3 DNP Project III 3
838 DNP-L Residency 3
830 Independent Study for practicum hours or show evidence of current management/leadership certification from the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (formerly AONE) or ANCC.. 2
Program Total 22-24