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BSN-DNP Executive Leadership Track

The ability to serve as an executive leader within the hospital or academic setting requires a breadth of knowledge and skills that encompasses several disciplines. To prepare future nursing leaders for these high profile positions within hospitals or academic institutions, this track offers the nurse the opportunity to serve alongside leaders of healthcare or academic institutions in gaining the knowledge, skills, and wisdom needed to lead healthcare institutions in the future. The student will strengthen their understanding of the profession of nursing while gaining business principles to support the future leadership role.

Are You Eligible? Program Admission Requirements

  • Current unencumbered RN and APN licensure (if applicable) in state of residence
  • Eligible for licensure as registered nurse and APN (if applicable) in Tennessee
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from an accredited program or with a previously earned Bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. Applicant must complete or show evidence of completion of the following courses if their degree is in a field other than nursing:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and 2 - 8 hours
    • Microbiology - 3 or 4 hours
    • Pathophysiology - 3 hours
    • Any undergraduate statistics course - 3 hours
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Interview with the Nursing Graduate Admissions Selection Committee
  • International students must complete TOEFL with WES evaluations of transcripts
  • Statement of past clinical and/or work experiences, scholarly activities, and community service that supports future goals in obtaining a practice doctorate
  • One year of critical care experience (Nurse Anesthesia Applicants Only)

2015-2016 Tuition Rates

Program Offerings and Deadlines

Priority Application deadline of March 1 is noted for acceptance into this track that begins in the fall of each year.

BSN-DNP Curriculum Model

Year 1

Fall I
NUR 720 Faith and Science 3
NUR 515 Advanced Nursing Statistics for the Health Sciences 3
NUR 525 Intro to Administration Practice 3
NUR 593 Nursing Administration Practicum l (80 clinical hours) 1
Spring I
NUR 533 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 715 Technological Transformations of Healthcare 3
NUR 528 Nursing Administration and the Law 3
NUR 693A Nursing Administration Practicum ll (120 clinical hours) 2
Summer I
NUR 559 Role Development and Collaborative Strategies in Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NUR 695B Nursing Administration Practicum lll (80 clinical hours) 2

Year 2

Fall II
NUR 710 Methods for Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 730 Epidemiology 3
NUR 535 Nursing Quality Management 3
NUR 572 Nursing Administration Residency (120 clinical hours) 2
Spring II
NUR 793 DNP Project Development 3
NUR 725 Healthcare Policy and Economics 3
NUR 615 Nursing Resource Management 3
Summer II
NUR 735 Fellowship I (180 clinical hours) 2
NUR 705 Organizational Leadership and Management 3
NUR 745 Leadership and Teaching Practice Strategies 3

Year 3

Fall III
NUR 791 DNP Project Implementation 3
NUR 738 Fellowship II (240 clinical hours) 3
Spring III
NUR 794 DNP Project Completion 3
NUR 739 Fellowship III (240 clinical hours) 3
Summer III
NUR 728 Transitions to DNP Practice 3

Total Credit Hours: 68

Total Months: 36

Total Clinical Hours: 1060

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions Checklist

  1. Applications:
    • All non-traditional nursing students must complete the Union University School of Nursing's applications only. You are not required to apply to the university separately. DNP Graduate Application (.pdf)
    • If you are not a U.S. citizen, an international application (.pdf) must be completed and submitted with your DNP Graduate Application (.pdf). All international transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited evaluating agency found at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services' website:
  2. Personal Statement: Please provide a statement of professional goals. Topics to be included are:
    • Why you wish to become a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Administrator/Leader
    • What you plan to do with this degree, including long term goals
    • How you have prepared for success in this program
  3. Application Fee: The application fee is $75 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order with your paper application.
  4. Transcripts: Official Transcripts from ALL colleges attended. (Official means they are received at Union University in a sealed envelope from the college you attended). We will accept official transcripts sent electronically through eSCRIP-SAFE. If you attended an international college, you will need to have those transcripts evaluated by one of the agencies found on
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional/academic reference specifying the applicant's capabilities for graduate study to include one letter of reference from the current supervisor. Letter of Recommendation forms are a part of the Union University Graduate Studies Application.
  6. Provide proof of BSN or MSN degree completion, if applicable.
  7. Provide proof of current RN Licensure.
  8. Provide proof of Undergraduate Statistics.
  9. Submission of a Curriculum Vitae.
  10. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. All application documents must be received prior to the application deadlines. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible for admission.

*Please allow 2-4 weeks after application packet has been submitted to be received in the Office of Admissions and up to 2 weeks to process application. Applicant will be notified by email when application has been processed.

*Upon acceptance into the program, the following items must be completed:

  • Current CPR Health Care Provider Certification
  • Immunization Records
  • Clear urine drug screen
  • Clear criminal background check
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