Executive Health Systems Leadership
Doctor of Nursing Practice
of All Higher-Ed Institutions
-Center for World University Rankings, 2022
in the Nation Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
- U.S. News & World Report, 2021
College of Nursing
The Executive Health Systems Leadership (EHSL) DNP prepares you to meet national healthcare needs as the demand for nurses with executive leadership skills grows.
You will develop the advanced competencies necessary to thrive in senior leadership roles, including Chief Nursing Officer, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Clinical Nursing Director, Director of Nursing Professional Practice, Director of Quality, strategic program developers, and other leadership initiatives.
At the University of Arizona, we are pioneering a focus on innovation in executive healthcare leadership. Emphasis is placed on health system assessment, creative planning, and leveraging health system resources to achieve optimal organizational outcomes. Through the EHSL DNP specialty, you'll learn to generate and disseminate nursing practice knowledge to stimulate research and improve clinical outcomes, engage in and lead collaborative practice teams, and influence clinical practice transformation and policy initiatives.
To complete this program, online students must also fulfill the following in-person requirements alongside on-campus DNP students:
- 1,000 practicum hours supervised by faculty or preceptors on-site
- Resident Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) in Tucson, Arizona
Eligibility: This program is designed for working professionals holding a master’s degree in nursing, or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognized nursing leadership position.
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.
Applying Applications must be submitted through NursingCAS and the University of Arizona Graduate College
Nursing CAS Application
Create Your Account
Create a NursingCAS account or sign in with your username and password. Once you create an account, you can access your application as often as you need.
Review the program materials section of NursingCAS to learn more about the specific admissions criteria, requirements and deadlines for your program. Collect and submit any required supporting materials, such as personal statements, documents and certification data.
Send your official transcripts and test scores to NursingCAS and complete your application. Once you have submitted your application and any additional supporting materials, monitor your application status in your NursingCAS account and follow-up on any necessary actions.
University of Arizona Graduate College Application
Go to GradApp
To complete your online application, go to the online portal and either enter your NetID or create a new account.
Create Your Account
After you have created a GradApp account, you can begin your application. Remember to choose Arizona Online as your campus.
Choose your area of specialty and follow the instructions to complete the application for that specialty.