The Nurse Leadership Concentration prepares students for important roles that ensure quality performance in high-level patient care, as well as support nursing practice, student education, and fostering a culture of research. The nurse leader sets the vision for nursing practice in the delivery of safe, timely, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care. Working within a collaborative and interprofessional environment, the executive practice nurse is influential in improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care.

The curriculum draws from the practice of nursing, management, and related fields, and includes administrative, research, and clinical components. The Nurse Leader Concentration program provides for learning in an environment that fosters autonomy, flexibility, and creative scholarship.

An intensive practicum provides the opportunity to develop and test skills in real-life settings, with an emphasis in critical thinking.

CoreTheoryClinicalTotal Units
NGRD 650Advanced Role Development and Collaboration4.0404.0
NGRD 651Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice4.0404.0
NGRD 652Health-Care Systems Leadership4.0404.0
NGRD 653Health Systems Policy Development and Advocacy4.0404.0
NGRD 654Social Determinants of Health14.0404.0
NGRD 655Health Systems Finance4.0404.0
NGRD 656Outcomes Assessment for Strategic Planning4.0404.0
NGRD 657Intermediate Statistics4.0404.0
NGRD 658Nursing Research and Translational Science4.0404.0
NGRD 659Professional Writing for Nurse Leaders4.0404.0
RELE 564Ethics and Health Disparities3.0303.0
RELR 525Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership3.0303.0
RELT 557Theology of Human Suffering3.0303.0
HADM 508Accounting Fundamentals in Health-Care Management4.0404.0
HADM 528Organizational Behavior in Health Care3.0303.0
HADM 534Health-Care Law3.0303.0
HADM 559Health-Care Marketing3.0303.0
HADM 574Managing Human Resources in Health-Care Organizations3.0303.0
HADM 575Management Information Systems in Health Care3.0303.0
HADM 604Health Systems Strategic Planning3.0303.0
HADM 605Health-Care Quality Management3.0303.0
HGIS 522Principles of Geographic Information Systems and Science2.0202.0
HGIS 524GIS Software Applications and Methods3.0303.0
NGNL 611Nurse Leadership Practicum I2.0602.0
NGNL 612Nurse Leadership Practicum II2.0602.0
NGNL 613Nurse Leadership Practicum III2.0602.0
NGNL 614Nurse Leadership Practicum IV2.0602.0
NGNL 615Nurse Leadership Practicum V2.0602.0
NGNL 616ANurse Leadership Practicum VI22.0602.0
NGNL 616BNurse Leadership Practicum VI23.0903.0
NGNL 616CNurse Leadership Practicum VI23.0903.0
D.N.P. Project
NGRD 667Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquiry Proposal Project1.8201.2403.0
NGRD 669ADNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669BDNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669CDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0802.0
NGRD 669DDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669EDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669FDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
Overall Totals80.881035.21080116.0

Fulfills service learning requirement.


Course is not required for students who pass the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam or the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) exam.


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

Four (4 ) years (15 academic quarters)—based on less than full-time enrollment.