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Capital University Targets C-Suite with New Online Executive Leadership Doctorate in Nursing
As the complexities of the U.S. health care system deepen and the demand for innovative, patient-centered solutions increases, Capital University, a comprehensive private university in Columbus, Ohio, is expanding its graduate nursing portfolio with a new online Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to prepare executive nurses to extend their expertise from the bedside to the boardroom.
Applications are now being accepted for the Executive Leadership DNP, which will begin this fall. Different from most DNP programs in the Ohio and the U.S., which focus on advancing clinical practice for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists and midwives, the Executive Leadership DNP leverages the university’s strength and reputation for nurse, business and legal education to fill a void. With primary focus on executive leadership development, this program will meet a growing demand for DNP-prepared executive nurses who practice by advancing patient-centered care holistically from the C-Suite.
- Ann Peden, Ph.D.
“The Columbus Region, home to six Magnet-designated hospitals, continues to be a market leader in advancing medicine, research, innovation, and exceptional patient care and outcomes. This is a testament to its excellence in nurse education, administration and leadership,” said Ann Peden, Ph.D., dean of nursing. “Capital is a proud contributor to this esteemed reputation and partner in holistic education that prepares nurses for exceptional practice on behalf of their patients, their families and the industry. With the Executive Leadership DNP, Capital nurses will be among the best-prepared executives to lead change, innovation and reform by providing creative, ethical solutions to the many issues confronting the modern health care system.”
Nurses at the bedside, in leadership positions and as faculty continue to be in shortage. According to the American Nurses Association, there will be 100,000 RN jobs available per year through 2022 – far more vacancies than any other profession. At the same time, the nurse leader population is aging, increasing demand for DNP-prepared nurses. In the current workforce, 55 percent of Registered Nurses are 50 or older and approaching retirement. This is the group of experienced nurses who typically hold leadership positions in health care organizations.
The 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.
Capital’s Executive Leadership DNP delivers the advanced leadership skills nurses need to manage in an environment of health care change and challenges that include the design of innovative care settings, data and quality improvement science and reimbursement models. The Executive Leadership DNP will build on Capital’s respected Master of Science in Nursing program with education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership, and health policy and ethics. Its curriculum includes three executive leadership courses, three immersion experiences, and a five-part DNP project practicum that guides students from project conception to implementation and dissemination. Faculty from Capital’s nursing, MBA, computer science and law school programs have supported program creation and course design promoting cross-disciplinary learning.
Offered in both full- and part-time formats, DNP students earn 35 credit hours and with full time enrollment can graduate in two years, or five semesters. Admission requirements include a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited college or university and MSN GPA of 3.3 on a 4-point scale. Students are not required to take the GRE or GMAT.
The Executive Leadership DNP is the newest in the university’s growing graduate program portfolio and its first fully online doctorate. Capital announced the launch of its the Master of Legal Studies in September to extend legal education to the growing number of professionals and recent college graduates whose positions increasingly intersect with regulations and legal teams.
For more on the program of to request information, visit capital.edu/dnp.