A Doctor of Nursing Practice in Healthcare Leadership comes with the confidence and authenticity needed for the highest levels of practice. Our fully online asynchronous program with optional synchronous sessions allows you to complete the DNP program on a timeline that works best for your life. Learn from experts in the field, perform an evidence-based quality improvement project catered to your preferences, and walk alongside a mentor throughout the process.
A DNP in Healthcare Leadership will build on your expertise and prepare you for leadership, management, high-level decision making that will affect the direction of entire teams or departments of nurses. PLNU values your calling, meeting it with leadership and practical skills you’ll need to grow into prominent roles within complex health systems.
While a Ph.D. in Nursing is most suited for advancement in research and academia, a DNP is ideal for professionals who want to expand their expertise working chiefly as effective leaders within health care organizations.
Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to take the national certification exams, such as Nurse Manager and Leader Certification, Executive Nursing Practice Certification, or Nurse Executive Advanced Certification.
How to Earn Your DNP
MSN to DNP in Healthcare Leadership
If you already have an MSN degree, you can earn your DNP in healthcare leadership in as few as 24 months. This fully asynchronous online program is 34 units and requires 1000 clinical hours related to your DNP project and direct patient care clinical hours completed during your MSN program.
The School of Nursing will assist San Diego residents with clinical placements, however, out-of-state students will need to find their own placements. PLNU will create a legal MOU with all placement sites in or outside of San Diego.
You have the flexibility to complete your required clinical or research-based project catered to your preferences and passions. Based on your project, you will be able to select a mentor who will work alongside you.
The Pathway to Your DNP
Learn more about the path you can take to earn your DNP in Healthcare Leadership at Point Loma.
|MSN - DNP
|Who is it for?
Nurses with an MS degree looking to earn a DNP.
|Number of Units
6 semesters (24 months)
|Fall with Spring and Summer early start options
Online asynchronous with in-person clinicals
|The online program allows for flexibility in the completion of courses, residency hours, and ability to perform a DNP project catered to your preferences.
|Typical # of Students in Class
Classes are intentionally small. Most education classes will generally have between 15 and 20 students.
|Degree Needed to Apply
Masters of Science in Nursing
Speak with your admissions counselor to identify where you are at.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Point Loma Nazarene University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Which DNP is right for me?
PLNU offers three DNP programs including:
- DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
- DNP Healthcare Leadership
- DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist
Each program is geared to equip you with skills needed for specific nursing roles. While FNPs perform primary care for patients, CNSs provide specialized clinical care for specific patient populations. A DNP in Healthcare Leadership will prepare you to effectively lead entire teams or departments of nurses.