As a top-notch nurse leader, you are already in the action. This degree will help to keep you there and contributing even more.
Shenandoah University’s DNP in Health Systems Leadership is designed for nurses in health care systems, who want to create and advance a culture where high-quality care emerges naturally from an optimized practice environment.
Our predominately online program offers deep insight into the pressing issues of the rapidly changing world of health care and culminates in a degree that’s quickly becoming the new gold standard for nurse leaders.
It’s a degree you can earn with a BSN, or as a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree in nursing or an MBA. We offer schedules for full-time and part-time students as well.
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“My passion in nursing really lies on the management/leadership level,” says the DNP program’s first student, Elizabeth Sibert ’08, BSN, RN who is studying for the DNP on a part-time basis while working full time as an emergency room case manager in the Care Coordination Department at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
This degree, Sibert said, will position DNPs with extensive clinical experience at the executive level in health care. These leaders will understand what nurses encounter every day and can pinpoint areas that need improvement while also seeing the broad health care picture. And, Sibert is going to earn the valuable degree on the schedule she requires. “Shenandoah’s been really great at working with me to build a conducive schedule. It’s definitely feasible.”
Alumni are eligible for a tuition discount.
Nursing at Shenandoah
Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing's programs are challenging, but the rewards of completing your degree and entering this critical profession are many. We are committed to providing an outstanding education to nurses at all levels— from people entering the profession with a Bachelor's degree in nursing, to advanced practice nurses seeking doctoral-level training. Our programs are dynamic and responsive to the needs of our students and the health care industry. Shenandoah Nursing offers classes in Winchester at the Health and Life Sciences Building, and in Fairfax at the Shenandoah Northern Virginia campus. We're excited to share our programs with you.
The curricula for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs combine important knowledge and skills with a friendly and caring spirit. Students like you share diverse backgrounds and personal and professional experiences with seasoned teaching faculty and clinical preceptors, who contribute to robust classroom discussions and enriching and exciting clinical interactions. Our goal is to prepare and challenge you for that next step in your professional career.
You will take courses in nursing research, theory and data analysis, and in business, covering the foundations of finance, marketing, economics and accounting, as well as organizational structure and behavior. A host of specialty courses, specific to the health care environment, form the heart of the program. These include:
- Healthcare Quality Measurements and Methods
- Supply Chain and Logistics Management for Healthcare Systems
- Health Systems Leadership in High-Performance Organizations
- Negotiations, Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Healthcare
- Business Forecasting in Healthcare and Accountable Care Organizations
- Populations Theory and Collaboration Across Settings
- Emergency Preparedness-Disaster Management – Health Systems Focus
Full- and part-time are schedules available. You can also begin your studies by earning a certificate in health system leadership. Certificate coursework is transferable toward earning your DNP.
There’s a special bond between Shenandoah University students and their professors. You’ll enjoy close relationships with faculty members who will mentor you in and out of the classroom. This remains a hallmark of our nursing education.
Shenandoah’s experienced and practicing faculty take every opportunity to provide you with the academic foundation you’ll need to meet the standards and rising expectations for practice in the nursing profession. They provide an environment where you can be inquisitive, grow and excel.
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We’re excited you’re interested in one of our graduate nursing programs! Shenandoah reviews applications on a rolling basis, which means we will begin evaluating your application once all your documentation has been submitted. Students submitting completed applications before our priority deadlines will be considered first.