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DNP Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Systems-Level Leadership

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online doctoral degree program with a specialty area in Systems-Level Leadership that can be completed in 18 months. To complete the program in 18 months, students enroll in two 3-credit courses each term for six consecutive terms. A second option allows students to enroll in one 3-credit course each term and complete the program in 36 months. The program prepares students to lead healthcare organizations.

Program Highlights:

  • All courses are offered online
  • Access to courses 24/7
  • Four terms per year
  • No physical campus visits required
  • Full-time Program - 18 months
  • Part-time Program - 36 months
  • Up to 9 doctoral level credits may be transferred toward the DNP
  • High-quality, affordable DNP program

The 36-credit program focuses on the improvement of evidence-based outcomes using theoretical knowledge and systems-level initiatives to advance nurses to the highest level of nursing practice. The program prepares nurse leaders with competencies in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, economics and finance, healthcare policy and technology.

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  • MSN degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution and a nationally accredited school of nursing. (CCNE, CNEA or ACEN) OR BSN degree from a nationally accredited school of nursing and Master's degree in a related discipline from a regionally accredited higher education institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the Master's program
  • Names and contact information for two (2) academic and/or professional references.
  • Well-written statement of background and goals – (instructions)
  • Well-written scholarly essay – (instructions)
  • Relevant professional work experience recommended
  • Current valid unencumbered registered nurse license in the United States
  • Current résumé
  • A maximum of 9 doctoral level credit hours may be transferred into the DNP program from another DNP program. The allowance of any credits will be based upon review of syllabi by the School of Nursing.
  • A minimum of 27 DNP level credit hours must be completed at TESU in the DNP program to earn the DNP degree from TESU.
  • Courses transferred into the DNP program must have been completed at a regionally accredited higher education institution and a nationally accredited school of nursing (CCNE, CNEA or ACEN).
  • Courses transferred into the DNP program must have been completed at an equivalent accredited international institution of higher education and an equivalent accredited international school of nursing, if credits were earned outside the U.S.
  • The student must have earned a grade of B or higher for a course to be accepted as a transfer course into the DNP program.
  • Courses transferred into the DNP program must have been completed within five years of enrollment in the TESU program.
  • A minimum of 1000 post baccalaureate supervised clinical hours must be completed for the DNP degree; a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours must be completed during the DNP program at TESU. Students may be required to complete more than 500 hours at TESU based on the number of hours completed in the MSN degree, Master's degree or national advanced practice certification requirements.
  • Students admitted to the DNP program progress through the DNP curriculum with the cohort to which they were admitted.
  • DNP students who earn a grade lower than B in a DNP course, withdraw from a DNP course or who fail to enroll during a term will be assessed on an individual basis for their ability to remain in the DNP program.
  • The program must be completed within five years of admission into the program.
  1. Synthesize scholarly and evidence-based findings to transform nursing practice and organizational decision making.
  2. Integrate ethical decision making in research, systems evaluation, advanced clinical practice, and organizational decision making.
  3. Analyze, design, and integrate healthcare policies that influence organizational systems to meet the needs of diverse populations.
  4. Apply organizational and systems thinking that advance the design, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare initiatives to promote safe and quality outcomes.
  5. Communicate/collaborate with members of the interprofessional community to promote achievement of healthcare standards, advanced clinical practices, and quality healthcare for diverse populations.
  6. Apply information systems/technology to improve health and systems-level outcomes.

Two 3-credit courses per term / 18 month option (Begins in the October Term)

Term I

Term II

Term III

Term IV

Term V

Term VI

Total Credits: 36

One 3-credit course per term / 36 month option (Begins in the January and October Terms)

Term I

Term II

Term III

Term IV

Term V

Term VI

Term VII


Term IX

Term X

Term XI

Term XII

Total Credits: 36

  • DNP students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good standing at TESU to be certified for graduation.
  • All program requirements must be successfully completed, including the DNP project and all Scholarly Immersion Practicum Hours.

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Estimated Cost of Degree:


Based on:

  • $50 application fee
  • $798 per credit
  • $298 graduation fee

Excludes books or other fees
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Transfer Credits:

Up to 9 doctoral level credits

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