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Nursing - Executive Health Systems Leadership

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This program is pioneering healthcare leadership innovation and theory application to develop and implement strategies supporting quality outcomes and organizational goals in complex health systems.


Prepare to meet national health care needs as the demand for nurses with executive leadership skills continues to grow.

You will develop advanced competencies necessary to thrive in senior leadership roles, including: Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Associate Chief Nursing Officer (ACNO), 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.

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.

Career Level: Graduate
Degree: Doctor of Nursing Practice
College: College of Nursing

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $975
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The following courses are part of the core curriculum in this degree program:

  • NURS665 Advancing Innovations through Effective Design focuses on applying principles of entrepreneurship, innovation and ingenuity to develop and implement strategies designed to support patient outcomes and organizational priorities in complex health care systems.
  • NURS667 Resourcing for Growth and Sustainability will focus on assessing, developing and evaluating business programs and organization systems to support healthcare sustainability.
  • NURS668 Influential Leadership in Health Systems is a theory-based course integrating change theory and principles of emotional intelligence to influence effective healthcare leadership in complex healthcare systems.
  • NURS669 Health Systems Executive Leadership Synthesis will focus on strategies for building collaborative interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships to create and sustain a trusting environment within the health system, as well as strategies to develop effective partnerships with the external community.
Student taking a UA Online course