Doctor of Nursing Practice | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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    Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Starting Fall of 2022

    Advance Patient Care from the Top with an Executive Leadership DNP

    The demand for exceptional delivery of quality health care continues to grow as the nurse leader population approaches retirement and Baby Boomers require more and more-specialized care. Highly skilled nurses who can lead at the bedside and in the boardroom are more essential than ever to advancing patient-centered care in a climate of change and reform. The online Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice at Capital University, a trusted leader in holistic nurse education, will prepare you for your next level of practice as a nurse executive.

    Flexible. Comprehensive. Holistic.
    Our DNP Program in Executive Leadership features:

    • Online/Hybrid courses for more flexibility
    • Field experiences organized by faculty
    • Interdisciplinary perspectives from Nursing, Business, Law and Mathematics

     Learn more about advancing patient care from the top. Request additional information here.

    Differentiate Yourself from Other DNPs

    Callout-03The Institute of Medicine has issued a call to double the population of nurses with doctorates to address current and projected shortages in doctoral-prepared nurses to assume leadership, practice and faculty roles.

    Different from most DNP programs in Ohio and the U.S., which focus on advanced clinical practice, Capital’s Executive Leadership DNP targets the growing demand for nurses practicing as executives and leaders. Capital’s DNP delivers the advanced leadership skills nurses need to manage in an environment of health care change and challenge, including health policy design of innovative care settings, data and quality improvement science and reimbursement models.

    Our curriculum includes three executive leadership courses, three immersion experiences, a five-part practicum from conception to implementation and dissemination, and ethics. Faculty from Capital’s distinguished and accredited Nursing, MBA and Law School programs will teach the courses of our online Executive Leadership DNP through part- or full-time study, granting students access to reputation, expertise and networks.

    The Capital DNP is designed to prepare nurse-executives to positively impact patients, health care systems and policy ethically, innovatively and efficiently. Our online DNP will place primary focus on preparation of leadership and executive nursing practice, cultivating expertise in areas essential to the executive nurse, including:

    • health care finance
    • organizational leadership
    • health care policy, law and ethics
    • effective communication
    • innovation
    • data
    • technology

    Learn from an Accredited Leader in Nursing, Business and Legal Education

    Callout-02A leader in graduate and undergraduate education, Capital is among the top private universities in Ohio with long-established, accredited graduate programs in Nursing, Business and Law, whose faculty will teach in the DNP program.

    Our Nursing, Business and Law schools are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, Accreditation Council for Business School Programs and American Bar Association, respectively. Our Nursing Program also is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League of Nursing.

    Be Supported As You Learn

    Callout-01Your success is as important to us as your patients’ care is to you. Capital’s online Executive Leadership DNP provides a supportive learning environment that leverages the ideal blend of technology and personal interaction to optimize learning, practice, immersive experiences, leadership and networking. Our online DNP is flexible, relevant and affordable.

    In a cohort of no more than 15 students to ensure full faculty attention and customized learning, you’ll learn in a user-friendly online environment with dedicated technology and student support for learners. This model is inclusive, supportive and can be completed in two years of full-time study.

    Build Lasting Relationship and Networks

    Callout-04Earn your DNP online and hone your executive leadership skills in Columbus, a bustling capital city that’s home to six magnet hospitals, three of which are situated in a partnering Academic Health Center. Students will travel to Capital’s Columbus campus three times during the program to complete three on-campus immersion experiences. Guided by a faculty mentor, these experiences will transcend online learning to support students through the full gamut of project planning and implementation – from selection of a project topic relevant to the nurse’s executive leadership role to research, proposal writing, execution, evaluation, and presentation and dissemination of findings. Build lasting relationships with your cohort, their professors and professional networks.

  • Adult and Graduate Tuition and Fees

    Adult and Graduate Tuition and Fees
    Adult and Continuing Education $514 x credit hour
    Adult and Continuing Education (Social Work) $417 x credit hour
    Doctor of Nursing Practice $950 x credit hour
    Master of Arts in Education (includes endorsement) $632 x credit hour
    Master's Program in Music Education - Additional course fee of $347 for MM 681 $650 x credit hour
    Master's Program in Business Administration $710 x credit hour
    Master's Program in Nursing $650 x credit hour
    Accelerated BSN $578 x credit hour
    Capital Law School - JD Concentrations  
    Capital Law School - LL.M. $1,334 x credit hour
    Capital Law School - Master of Taxation $694 x credit hour
    Capital Law School - Master of Legal Studies $694 x credit hour
    Evening Paralegal Program $412 x credit hour
    Summer Immersion Paralegal Program $412 x credit hour
    Legal Nurse Consultant Program $412 x credit hour
    Life Care Planner $412 x credit hour
    Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University $624 x credit hour
    Health and Wellness (Full-time students only) $110/year
    Technology Fee $110/year
    Activity Fee $100/year
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