2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    
    Nov 28, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

Executive Leadership - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


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The Executive Leadership specialization in Walden’s online DNP program can academically prepare you to make an even greater impact on your patients’ healthcare experience. Gain the systems thinking, knowledge, and confidence to implement and lead quality improvement initiatives across teams and organizations. Become a catalyst for improved patient care and better patient outcomes.

Minimum Completion Requirements


  • 45 quarter credits
  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Core courses (30 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
  • Field experience (up to 8 cr., for students with fewer than 600 documented clinical hours)
  • Completion of DNP Project
    • Doctoral Mentoring (0 cr.)
    • Doctoral DNP Project Completion (if needed to complete DNP Project after all other coursework has been completed; 3 cr. per term, taken continuously until completion of the DNP Project)

Course Sequence


The course sequence is as follows.

Quarter Course Credits
1    5 cr.
   5 cr.
2   (1 quarter credit hour = 80 preceptor supervised clinical hours) 0–8 cr.
   5 cr.
3   (4 cr. didactic, 1 cr. practicum = 80 faculty supervised clinical hours) 5 cr.
  (taken as companion course throughout the program of study until project completed) 0 cr.
4    5 cr.
  (3 cr. didactic, 2 clinical hours = 160 preceptor supervised clinical hours) 5 cr.
5    5 cr.
  (3 cr. didactic, 2 clinical hours = 160 preceptor supervised clinical hours) 5 cr.
6    5 cr.
7+   (if needed to complete DNP Project after all other coursework has been completed) 3 cr. per term, taken continuously until completion of the DNP project

 

Note on Licensure


The Doctor of Nursing Practice Executive Leadership specialization is not a licensure program and will not prepare students as nurse practitioners.