BSN to DNP, Health Systems Leadership

Contact Us

Julie Lehrer, DNP, APRN, CNP
Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Program, FNP Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

178, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6842
jlehrer@ashland.edu

Valerie Burris, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC
Health Systems Leadership Program Director,
 Assistant Professor
276, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6879
vburris@ashland.edu

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate program, nurses are able to:

  • Implement best practices to improve health care and health systems using analytical methods.
  • Assume leadership positions at the systems level, integrating nursing science with organizational leadership and ethics.
  • Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement projects in health care systems to promote safe, effective and efficient patient centered care.
  • Evaluate health care policy and systems that provide care for individuals, communities and populations.
  • Engage in interprofessional collaboration to promote health, reduce risk and improve outcomes in varied health care delivery systems.
  • Enhance the culture of safety in health systems through the application of information technologies.
  • Improve patient outcomes locally, nationally, and globally through research and health policy
  • Practice professional values and ethical behavior in nursing leadership
  • Design culturally competent, equitable health services for vulnerable populations.

Curriculum Guide

Core Requirements

  • DNP Role and Interprofessionalism (NUR 9110)
  • Scientific Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (NUR 9240)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics (NUR 9520)
  • Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice (NUR 9530)
  • Healthcare Informatics (NUR 9540)
  • Healthcare Delivery, Quality and Safety (NUR 9550)
  • Health Policy and Advocacy (NUR 9560)
  • Interprofessional Seminar (NUR 9580)
  • Scholarly Project (NUR 9810, NUR 9820)
  • Residency (NUR 9830, NUR 9840)

22 Credit Hours HSL Courses

  • The Healthcare Organization
    • (NUR 9575, NUR 9576)
  • Managing the Healthcare Organization
    • The Financial Perspective
    • (NUR 9577, NUR 9578)
  • Improving the Healthcare Organization
    • (NUR 9579, NUR 9582)
  • Healthcare Organization: Leadership,
  • Management and Communication (NUR 9581)

Transfer Credit Policy

A maximum of nine (9) graduate level credits from an accredited college or university may be transferred toward completion of the requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Official transcripts certifying graduate level courses completed at another institution prior to admission to Ashland University should be submitted at the time of application and will be evaluated by the DNP program director for acceptability as transfer credit.

Transfer credit will only be accepted for courses in which a grade of B (3.0 on 4.0 scale) or higher has been received. Courses taken over 5 years prior to admission may not be accepted.

The student is responsible for initiating the request for transfer credit. For each course for which the student requests transfer credit, the student must:

  • Complete a Request for transfer credit form as part of the DNP Admissions application identifying the institution attended, course title, semester and year completed, and the number of credits for which transfer is requested.
  • Attach a copy of the transcript, which includes the grade received for the requested transfer credits, and a detailed course description/outline.
  • Submit these materials to the office of Graduate Admissions with the application. The request will be forwarded to the DNP Program Director.
  • Approval/disapproval of accepted transfer credits will be included in the admission letter to the applicant.
  • Approved transfer credits will be forwarded to the College of Nursing & Health Sciences Administrative Assistant for Graduate Programs for inclusion in the student file and processing with the Office of Records and Registration.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Julie Lehrer, DNP, APRN, CNP
Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Program, FNP Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

178, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6842
jlehrer@ashland.edu

Valerie Burris, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC
Health Systems Leadership Program Director,
 Assistant Professor
276, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6879
vburris@ashland.edu

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate program, nurses are able to:

  • Implement best practices to improve health care and health systems using analytical methods.
  • Assume leadership positions at the systems level, integrating nursing science with organizational leadership and ethics.
  • Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement projects in health care systems to promote safe, effective and efficient patient centered care.
  • Evaluate health care policy and systems that provide care for individuals, communities and populations.
  • Engage in interprofessional collaboration to promote health, reduce risk and improve outcomes in varied health care delivery systems.
  • Enhance the culture of safety in health systems through the application of information technologies.
  • Improve patient outcomes locally, nationally, and globally through research and health policy
  • Practice professional values and ethical behavior in nursing leadership
  • Design culturally competent, equitable health services for vulnerable populations.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide

Core Requirements

  • DNP Role and Interprofessionalism (NUR 9110)
  • Scientific Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (NUR 9240)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics (NUR 9520)
  • Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice (NUR 9530)
  • Healthcare Informatics (NUR 9540)
  • Healthcare Delivery, Quality and Safety (NUR 9550)
  • Health Policy and Advocacy (NUR 9560)
  • Interprofessional Seminar (NUR 9580)
  • Scholarly Project (NUR 9810, NUR 9820)
  • Residency (NUR 9830, NUR 9840)

22 Credit Hours HSL Courses

  • The Healthcare Organization
    • (NUR 9575, NUR 9576)
  • Managing the Healthcare Organization
    • The Financial Perspective
    • (NUR 9577, NUR 9578)
  • Improving the Healthcare Organization
    • (NUR 9579, NUR 9582)
  • Healthcare Organization: Leadership,
  • Management and Communication (NUR 9581)

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Credit Policy

A maximum of nine (9) graduate level credits from an accredited college or university may be transferred toward completion of the requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Official transcripts certifying graduate level courses completed at another institution prior to admission to Ashland University should be submitted at the time of application and will be evaluated by the DNP program director for acceptability as transfer credit.

Transfer credit will only be accepted for courses in which a grade of B (3.0 on 4.0 scale) or higher has been received. Courses taken over 5 years prior to admission may not be accepted.

The student is responsible for initiating the request for transfer credit. For each course for which the student requests transfer credit, the student must:

  • Complete a Request for transfer credit form as part of the DNP Admissions application identifying the institution attended, course title, semester and year completed, and the number of credits for which transfer is requested.
  • Attach a copy of the transcript, which includes the grade received for the requested transfer credits, and a detailed course description/outline.
  • Submit these materials to the office of Graduate Admissions with the application. The request will be forwarded to the DNP Program Director.
  • Approval/disapproval of accepted transfer credits will be included in the admission letter to the applicant.
  • Approved transfer credits will be forwarded to the College of Nursing & Health Sciences Administrative Assistant for Graduate Programs for inclusion in the student file and processing with the Office of Records and Registration.


Proactively Leading Healthcare Forward

Are you looking to make a difference in the healthcare environment?

The BSN to Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Health Systems Leadership track prepares you for an executive leadership and management role that focuses on creating or redesigning healthcare systems to improve and guide care delivery in today’s complex environment.

What to Expect in the BSN to DNP Health Systems Leadership Track

The courses in the Health Systems Leadership program will equip you to lead in a variety of settings such as:
  • Chief Nursing, Chief Executive, or Quality officer of healthcare systems
  • Insurance companies
  • Health Policy development and advocacy
  • Durable medical goods and Pharmaceutical companies
  • Community, government and accrediting agencies

Benefits of the Health Systems Leadership Track

The Health Systems Leadership track is offered in an accessible online format with flexible scheduling to meet the needs of the working professional. Other program benefits include:

  • Earn your degree in nine semesters, or as little as three years
  • The BSN to DNP program consists of 57 credits hours (5-8 credits per semester) 
  • Collaborate with peers and faculty online and get access to online coursework 24/7
  • Complete your practice residency at area hospitals, clinics, or other healthcare facilities near you

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