DNP Nurse Executive Track

Are You Ready to Take Your Career to the Next Level?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program has implemented an Executive Nurse Leader track exclusively for chief nursing officers, vice presidents of nursing, other executive-level nurse leaders, and nurses directly in line for these positions. The DNP program at Augusta University, the flagship nursing college of the University System of Georgia and member of the only public academic health center in Georgia, provides a supportive and stimulating environment that allows you to learn from and network with colleagues and experts from across the country.

The 37-credit program is taught online, allowing you the flexibility of studying on your own time and balancing a busy work/life schedule. The curriculum meets the standards and expectation set by the Council on Graduate Education for Administrative Leadership (NCHL) Health Leadership Competency Model. 

With an emphasis on the competitive health care environment, the competencies represent the advanced skills, knowledge and personal characteristics necessary to support the effective performance of Healthcare Executive Practice, and are essential for effective performance at the next level of experience. They are: Strategic and Financial Management, Economics and Policy, Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving, Leadership/Influencing/Relationship Management, Performance Improvement/Metrics, and Evidence-Based Practice/Outcome Measurement and Research.

The breadth and depth of the program will provide the participant the requisite tools to succeed and advance in executive healthcare positions.

Course of Study

  • The DNP program integrates didactic and clinical instruction reinforced by clinical and lab experiences.

  • The DNP core courses provide the foundation of health care policy, evidence-based practice, leadership and systems management that prepares the advanced practice nurse to deliver optimal care in the ever-changing health care environment.

  • Students complete more than 1000 hours of clinical and simulated experiences which emphasize essential competencies to address the health care needs of patients and their families.

  • Study is rounded out by a practice-improvement project that integrates DNP Essentials in a practice setting.

Scholarship and Educational Opportunities

Complete applications fully processed into the system by the application deadline will receive consideration priority.  All required application materials and documents must be received in order for the application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.  Late supporting materials and applications received after the program deadline will result in application consideration on a space-available basis only. 

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Marguerite Murphy, DNP, RN
DNP Program Director - Acute Care Track

Karen Sturgill, MPA
Program Manager II

DNP Program Office
Phone: 706-721-3676