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Transformative Leadership: Systems DNP Curriculum

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The Transformative Leadership: Population Heath DNP program equips you to improve health outcomes as a leader on a systems level.  

Graduates meet the following outcomes:

  • Integrate science-based theories and data-based concepts to develop, critically appraise and implement practice approaches that improve health care and health care systems 
  • Apply organizational theories and systems thinking to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness and safety outcomes of practice decisions and initiatives 
  • Apply effective strategies for managing the ethical dilemmas inherent in patient care, the health care organization and research 
  • Apply knowledge of informatics to monitor and improve outcomes, programs and systems of care 
  • Provide leadership in influencing policies on the financing, regulation and delivery of health care 
  • Lead interprofessional teams to improve patient and population health outcomes 
  • Function independently in an advanced nursing role to improve health outcomes in a specialty area of practice 

Graduates Meet the Following Standards

You must complete a minimum of 35 term hours for graduation. 


Clinical and DNP Project Experience 

MSN clinical specialty educational programs need to have provided at least 500 clock hours of supervised and specialty practicum. Our program provides over 500 hours of supervised specialty practicum. Students complete 252 DNP project hours. 

Thus, you will meet the national requirements of a minimum of 1,000 hours of specialty practicum to earn the DNP degree.  

See Program Prerequisites for more information.

You are not required to be certified in a clinical specialty.

Course Curriculum 

MSN to DNP Curriculum

DNP core  

  • NSG - 600 Leadership in Evolving Health Care Environments (Credits: 3) 
  • NSG - 602 Health Care Economics, Policy and Finance (Credits: 3) 
  • NSG - 608 Program Evaluation (Credits: 3) 
  • NSG - 610 DNP Project Planning and Implementation (Credits: 3) 
  • NSG - 615 DNP Project Proposal Seminar (Credits: 2) 

Subtotal: 14

Population/role cognates

  • NSG - 611 Financial and Business Concepts (Credits: 3) 
  • NSG - 612 Applied Organizational Analysis and Management of Human Resources (Credits: 3) 
  • NSG - 613 Data and Decision Making for Strategic Outcomes Management (Credits: 3) 
  • NSG - 614 The Leader and Policy, Politics, Power and Ethics (Credits: 3) 
  • NSG - 616 Advanced Nurse Leadership (Credits: 3) 

Subtotal: 15

DNP practica and project

  • NSG - 606 DNP Specialty Practicum (Credits: 1-12)
    • Credit hours: 1, Clock hours: 84 
  • NSG - 607 DNP Immersion Residency (Credits: 1-14) 
    • Credit hours: 2, Clock hours: 168 
  • NSG - 609A DNP Project Practicum A (Credits: 1) 
    • Clock hours: 84 
  • NSG - 609B DNP Project Practicum B (Credits: 1)  
    • Clock hours: 84 
  • NSG - 609C DNP Project Practicum C (Credits: 1)  
    • Clock hours: 84 

Subtotal: 6 

Total: 35 


Upon review of an individual’s academic portfolio, additional courses or clinical hours may be required. 

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