Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Systems Leadership | Mount St. Joseph University
Adult students participating in class.

This program prepares graduates to lead at the highest level of advanced nursing practice.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides the terminal academic preparation for patient-focused advanced nursing practice. The post-master's DNP is designed to prepare nurses for leadership positions where they can create transformative change to improve the health and health care outcomes of individuals, families, groups and populations. This program focuses on development of advanced competencies for complex practice along with evidence-based practice utilization to meet the demands impacting quality patient care delivery, patient outcomes, and systems management.

The DNP practicum experience and DNP project are the culminating pieces which use evidence-based research for creating change in an organization.  In these courses, students will collaborate with experts in health care organizations and apply the knowledge learned throughout their curriculum. View the admission requirements for this program.

Doctoral Program Designed to Work around your Schedule and Needs

The part-time Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Health Systems Leadership  is designed to meet your professional and career needs in a flexible, dedicated, educational environment.

  • Complete program requires only six semesters, with classes beginning fall semester. You will enroll in two, concurrent 10-week courses each semester.
  • Blended learning format permits you to continue working while pursuing your degree.  You will attend on-campus classes at the beginning and end of each semester and complete the remainder of your course work with online classes that deliver the Mount's same exceptional level of academic excellence. 
  • Smaller class sizes provide more individualized learning and optimal professional opportunities.
  • Practicum experiences integrate knowledge learned in DNP course work and provide opportunities to collaborate with experts in health care organizations.
  • Proven cohort model allows you to establish lasting relationships with other students and professionals while providing the ongoing support you need to stay focused on achieving your degree.

Program Format:

This program offers the highest quality academic courses to address the eight DNP Essentials outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and includes courses in evidence-based practice, global health care policy, leadership theory, nursing informatics and epidemiology. In the final phases of the program you will complete practicum experiences and a DNP project related to your chosen area of specialty.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum*

Courses Include:

  • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Building Collaborative Relationships in Organizations
  • Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Global Health Care Policy
  • Nursing Practicum I, II, and DNP Project
  • Strategic Management and Financial Controls of Health Care Organizations
  • Theoretical & Philosophical Perspectives for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Transforming Health Care through Technology

*Vist for the most current course requirements and descriptions.

News and Updates

Authorization and Accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
P: (202) 887-6791

Ohio Board of Regents (OBR)

In July 2011, Mount St. Joseph University was granted authorization to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) by the Ohio Board of Regents.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

In March 2012, the College was further granted approval and extended accreditation to offer the DNP by the Higher Learning Commission.

The University receives its regional accreditation from:

     The Higher Learning Commission 
     230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
     Chicago, IL 60604

To learn more, contact: Higher Learning Commission
Copies of the University’s accreditation can be obtained through the Office of the President.


Stay up to date with the most recent nursing program news and events; visit the department of nursing page.



  • Photo of Nancy Hinzman Nancy Hinzman

    Assistant Dean, DNP Program Director, Associate Professor