Doctor of Nursing Practice / Executive Leadership
University of Pennsylvania

Program Details

Nursing professionals with leadership experience can pursue this online DNP in Executive Leadership to strengthen their executive-level abilities in order to lead healthcare systems and bring about organizational change. Graduates will possess the knowledge and skills to revolutionize care delivery models to improve patient and organizational outcomes.

The interdisciplinary curriculum of this online nursing administration degree includes content from Wharton Executive Education and the Perelman School of Medicine. Students study subject areas including strategic planning, healthcare innovation, policy advocacy, and more. The program culminates with the creation of a systems-level, evidence-based project to be implemented within the student’s own organization. 

Graduates will be well suited for a variety of healthcare leadership roles, such as:

  • Chief nursing officer
  • Clinical director
  • Healthcare consultant
  • Project director
  • Practice leader

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

University of Pennsylvania is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.2 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s)

Additional Info

  • Requires two on-campus intensives
  • Must have a BSN and master's degree in Nursing or related field, with completion of graduate-level research methods course with grade B or higher
  • Two years of leadership and fiscal management experience or graduate coursework in finance/accounting required, with 5+ years experience preferred
  • Submit evidence of official RN and APRN licenses