M.S. to D.N.P.

The Master of Science degree to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree option prepares the advanced practice registered nurse, the nursing administrator, or the nurse educator for a leadership role in the health-care system. Theoretical content focuses on the development of leadership knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Systems thinking, evidence-based practice, and translational research are emphasized.                     

Advanced standing may be given for courses usually required for a master's degree in advanced practice, administration, or education. Please see program requirements for more details. A minimum of 33 percent  of the required units (courses generally unique to the D.N.P. degree competencies) must be taken at Loma Linda University. All students are required to complete the D.N.P. degree project.

NGRD 650Advanced Role Development and Collaboration 14
NGRD 651Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice 14
NGRD 652Health-Care Systems Leadership 14
NGRD 653Health Systems Policy Development and Advocacy 14
NGRD 654Social Determinants of Health4
NGRD 655Health Systems Finance4
NGRD 656Outcomes Assessment for Strategic Planning4
NGRD 657Intermediate Statistics 14
NGRD 658Translational Research for Advanced Practice 14
NGRD 659Writing for Publication4
RELE 564Ethics and Health Disparities 23
RELR 525Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership3
RELT 557Theology of Human Suffering3
D.N.P. Project
NGRD 667DNP Proposal Development3
NGRD 669ADNP Practice Inquiry Project4
NGRD 669BDNP Practice Inquiry Project4
NGRD 669CDNP Practice Inquiry Project2
NGRD 669DDNP Practice Inquiry Project2
NGRD 669EDNP Practice Inquiry Project2
NGRD 669FDNP Practice Inquiry Project2
Total Units68

Advanced standing may be given for content covered in a prior M.S. degree.  Prior learning is evaluated and an individualized program of study is developed based on this evaluation and length of time since these courses were taken.  Prior course work that partially meets the course outcomes will be augmented by registering for 1 to 6 units of NGRD 660 Integrative Leadership Case Study.


Advanced standing will be given if this specific course was taken as part of the M.S. degree program.


Prior to graduation, students are required to submit an online professional portfolio.  Documentation of 510 doctoral leadership practice hours will be included in the portfolio.

Normal time to complete the program

3 years (11 academic quarters) based on less than full-time enrollment