DNP Nursing Leadership & Innovations in Health Care

Students who pursue the Nursing Leadership and Innovations in Health Care emphasis area will be prepared to take on roles as advanced nursing leaders, impact systems by providing quality outcomes and the ability to lead change within the clinical, political or academic environments.

Career Opportunities

  • Primary care provider
  • Health care services coordinator
  • Institutional health care consultant
  • Research nurse
  • Clinical instructor

Nursing Leadership & Innovations FAQS

Yes. Individuals with a master’s degree in nursing or related field may apply to the Leadership DNP.

Yes. The number of clinical hours to be completed depends upon the hours completed in one’s master’s program. The approximate number of clinical hours to be completed is 510-1020. Hours spent on working toward the DNP scholarly project are included in this total.

Acceptable preceptors for Leadership DNP students must be individuals with advanced degrees who are experts in the student’s leadership interest area.

Preferred preceptors would include working professionals who are educationally prepared as a DNP graduate However, due to the limited number of current DNP graduates other potential clinical leadership preceptors may include: advanced practice nurses or other professionals with doctoral degrees; an advanced practice nurse with considerable leadership expertise; a nurse with a high level administrative position as the director, vice president, president, or CEO within a health care organization; a doctorally prepared nurse educator, or a nurse with an advanced business or policy degree. Preceptors with an advanced degree in areas such as public health or business administration may also be considered as leadership preceptors if this matches student’s leadership interests and academic goals.

A total of 38.5 to 47 credit hours are required to complete the degree. Credit hours vary depending upon review of transcripts and previously completed clinical hours.

Depending upon the student’s current work environment or work history, students may be qualified for certification in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) and/or Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML), and/or Nurse Executive Board Certified (NE-BC).

For more information, visit the AONE Certifications website or ANCC

DNP Certification in Leadership

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers certification as an Advanced Nurse Executive to recognize excellence in nurse leaders and administrators. Students who have completed a master’s degree in the nurse leader area of study and have two years or more of full-time employment within the past five years in an administrative position at the nurse executive level OR a faculty position teaching graduate students executive level nursing administration are eligible to sit for the exam.

American Organization for Nursing Leadership also offers a certification as Certified Nurse Manager and Leader and The Executive Nursing Practice Certification.

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The DNP at the Sinclair School is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Plan of Study

The Nursing Leadership and Innovations in Health Care emphasis area will prepare the learner to discover innovative technologies and techniques to improve the delivery of care as well as use innovative concepts and pursue entrepreneurial endeavors to enhance health care.