Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (Post-BSN to DNP)

Hospital administrator talking with health care staff(Admission to this program is currently on hold.)

The Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (NHL) major prepares nurses for leadership positions across the complex and dynamic health care continuum. The program emphasizes content from all nurse executive competency domains (AONE, 2011) including communication and relationship building, knowledge of the health care environment, leadership skills, professionalism, and business skills. Students build a systems-thinking approach to patient care, starting with clinical microsystems as a building block. The use of evidence to shape decisions is emphasized through coursework in nursing informatics, decision support, business planning, and outcomes and care transitions management.

Nursing Leadership Preparation

Graduates of the NHL program are prepared for a variety of nursing leadership roles including nurse manager, clinical microsystem leader, case manager, quality-improvement specialist and program or project manager. Coupled with appropriate experience, graduates may be prepared for advanced roles in nursing informatics, or as a nursing director or executive. Those with requisite experience may be eligible to seek certification in case management, nursing informatics, or as a nurse executive.

Program Requirements and Delivery

The post-BSN to DNP with MSN exit with a major in NHL requires a total of 63 credits. A total of 39 credit hours and 268 internship and clinical hours are required for the MSN exit where the Master of Science in Nursing is conferred. An additional 24 credits and additional clinical hours are required for the completion of the DNP. The program is taught in an engaging online format that is flexible and student-centered. Students need not be a resident of Michigan to enroll in the program. Clinical sites and qualified preceptors are identified near the student’s home to complete the required internship/clinical hours.

A Note to Online Students

It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants may contact the applicable licensing board.

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