You are here

MSN to DNP, Health Systems Leadership

Mastering Healthcare Leadership

Are you a practicing nurse looking to take a leadership role in order to affect change?

The MS/MSN 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.

Contact Us

Lisa Young
Director of the Doctor of Nursing Program, Assistant Professor of Nursing
279, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6844
lyoung3@ashland.edu

Dr. Valerie Burris
Health Systems Leadership Program Director, Assistant Professor
276, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6879
vburris@ashland.edu

Julie Lehrer, DNP, RN,
FNP Director, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
178, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6842
jlehrer@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.
  • Use nursing knowledge to stimulate research, affect health policy and improve patient outcomes locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Demonstrate 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)
  • 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)
  • MSN-DNP Residency (NUR 9831)

Contact Us

Lisa Young
Director of the Doctor of Nursing Program, Assistant Professor of Nursing
279, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6844
lyoung3@ashland.edu

Dr. Valerie Burris
Health Systems Leadership Program Director, Assistant Professor
276, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6879
vburris@ashland.edu

Julie Lehrer, DNP, RN,
FNP Director, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
178, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6842
jlehrer@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.
  • Use nursing knowledge to stimulate research, affect health policy and improve patient outcomes locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Demonstrate 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)
  • 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)
  • MSN-DNP Residency (NUR 9831)

What to Expect in the MS/MSN to DNP Health Systems Leadership Track

The Health Systems Leadership track prepares nurses to be leaders in any setting related to healthcare. Graduates of this program lead the charge in a host of capacities including chief nursing officers and quality control managers in various settings such as:

  • Primary and acute care
  • Research facilities
  • Professional, government and accrediting agencies
  • Non-profit healthcare

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 in as little as three years
  • The MSN to DNP program consists of 45-54 credit hours 
  • 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

Financial Aid

Financial Aid