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.

Students must attend a one- or two- day, on-campus orientation in the first fall semester of their program and return to campus to defend their DNP project in the final semester of their program. For more information, visit theĀ On-Campus Requirement page.



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