BSN to DNP, Health Systems Leadership

The DNP Health Systems Leadership track prepares nursing leaders to function at the highest level of practice in the health care environment.  The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and College of Business and Economics partnered to provide a program with strong scientific basis for nursing practice and healthcare organization.  Emphasis is on leadership development, management of healthcare organizations, healthcare informatics, policy, evidence based practice, communication, ethics and advocacy.  Students prepare for executive nursing leadership positions in the healthcare environment.

The Capstone Project is an integral part of the total program of study as well as the culminating activity. The project represents an original application of knowledge in the area of student specialization. The target benefits of the intervention or innovation designed by the student will focus on health care organizations.

Admission Requirements

  • RN Licensure
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • 3 Recommendation Letters
  • 2-3 page paper describing a clinical area of interest for DNP Project.
  • Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • Interview

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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Doctor of Nursing Practice - Health Systems Leadership the student will be able to:

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

Faculty Spotlight

J. Owens
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2003 15 years, nursing education program experience-RN-BSN, MS, DNP Certified Nurse Educator since 2012 Experienced in curriculum development: web-based or...Read more