Nursing Administration

The Nursing Administration Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses to facilitate and deliver quality patient care while coordinating actions in the workplace and managing and leading a team of health care workers and professionals.

Career Overview

Nurse administrators are strategic leaders. They work interprofessionally with health professionals in other disciplines to ensure quality patient care and improve work environments. Most often, nurse administrators work in a hospital setting, but some work in other health care agencies and organizations.

Prior Experience

A minimum of one year of nursing practice is recommended for admission to the program. Nurses who do not have a year of clinical experience can enter the program on a part-time basis and begin didactic courses while continuing to gain work experience.

Clinical Hours

A minimum of 504 clinical hours will be completed in the Nursing Administration specialty in a variety of organizations. These hours are separate from hours dedicated to the DNP project. Experienced nurse administrators serve as preceptors and work with students one-on-one to guide them through their nursing administration clinical experiences.

Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration or Master of Health Administration could receive advanced standing for previous coursework.


The program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis and is offered in a hybrid format with periodic meetings on campus. Full-time students can complete the program in eight semesters following the below schema. Individulized part-time schemas are developed by a specialty coordinator.

The program requires students to attend classes onsite for one week each semester.


Full-Time Semester Schema
Fall Semester 1 Spring Semester 1
Summer Semester 1

NDNP 8002 (3 Credits)
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for EBP

NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)
Informatics for DNP Practice

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

NDNP 9005 (2 Credits)
Optional Doctoral Writing Elective

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare

NDNP 8010 (3 Credits)
Finance and Economics of Healthcare

ANNA 8002 (3 Credits)
Nursing Administration Seminar

Fall Semester 2
Spring Semester 2
Summer Semester 2

ANNA 8010 (3 Credits)
Health Planning and Analysis

NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
Essentials of Research Methods for EBP

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Healthcare Policy for the Doctorally Prepared Nurse

ANNA 8020 (3 Credits)
Nursing Administration Practicum I: Applied Leadership

NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs & Projects

NURS 8012 (3 Credits)
Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

NURS 8010 (3 Credits)
Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations

ANNA 8022 (3 Credits)
Nursing Administration Practicul II: Resource Management

ANNA 8004 (4 Credits)
Organizing and Managing Health Care Organizations

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum I

Fall Semester 3 Spring Semester 3

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum II

ANNA 8024 (3 Credits)
Nursing Administration Practicum III: Systems Effectiveness

ANNA 8006 (3 Credits)
Strategic Leadership and Management in Nursing Administration

NDNP 9038 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum III

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Leadership Seminar

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)

DNP Writing Seminar



If you have specific questions about the program, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or