Nursing Administration

Nurse leaders are expected to lead and transform practice using evidence and effective collaboration in a variety of roles across complex health care systems. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the degree option that brings nurses to a similar level of education as the interprofessional peers they constantly work with – physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists and others.

Our Nursing Administration DNP is a practice degree focused on the translation and dissemination of evidence-based practice and decision-making into practice. It provides nurses with the resources and tools needed to strategically understand health care from different scopes and lenses, creating a broad base of knowledge that propels our students’ growth within their organizations. Graduates of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing DNP program are prepared to:

  • Use analytic methods to critically appraise existing evidence to assure the implementation and evaluation of evidence in practice and decision-making;
  • Design, implement and evaluate outcomes of practice, practice patterns, and systems of care within a practice setting, health care organization, system or community;
  • Guide the development of a well-prepared clinical and leadership workforce;
  • Lead the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international health policy;
  • Utilize interprofessional collaboration to achieve organizational or system goals.

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 the On-Campus Requirement page.



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