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Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice with a Concentration in Nurse Executive (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice- Post-Master's Nurse Executive

Janice Hawkins, Program Director

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed for nurses that are seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice.  DNP-prepared nurses are equipped to serve as clinical experts, change agents, and advocates in addressing healthcare in our nation.  Specific areas of focus include: advanced practice skills, healthcare policy, organizational and systems leadership, interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based research, healthcare technology, informatics, and patient advocacy.  The DNP program at ODU is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Nurse Executive role prepares top level nurse executives for leadership positions in a health system. The program outcomes are consistent with the American Organization of Nurse Executive guidelines for nurse executive practice. Content focuses on executive leadership skills, working with vulnerable populations, fiscal and human resource management, quality magnet achievement, emerging technology, and organizational research in clinical issues. Students participate in executive internships throughout the program in their home area.

To graduate from Old Dominion University’s DNP Program, a student must have successfully completed all required course work, including prerequisite courses of NURS 800 and 809, an evidence-based research project and all clinical practicum. Students must successfully complete 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice. The DNP program provides a minimum of 560 clinical hours within four practicum courses. MSN courses with a supervised clinical practicum component will be considered for transfer credit toward the total clinical hour requirement. A review of MSN transcripts or course descriptions/syllabi will be used to determine whether clinical hours are acceptable for transfer. Students entering the Nurse Executive DNP program, who require additional clinical hours, will be advised of their options by the Program Director. The DNP - Post-Master's Nurse Executive track is offered in a hybrid format.