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Doctor of Nursing Practice in Leadership (DNP)

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree emphasizes the highest level of education in order to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing roles.  The DNP offered by Edgewood College is in indirect care (Leadership).  Graduates of this program bring the best practices to managing health services, having competence in care systems management, and providing evidence-based care and translational research methods.

A rounded curriculum will include preparation in:

  • epidemiology, biostatistics, healthcare finance, informatics, and quality management
  • a capstone project
  • a customized practicum experience (500-1000 hours based on previous practicum experience in a master’s program)

Edgewood College's DNP in Leadership is a 30 credit program.  BSN-prepared candidates with a master's degree in fields other than nursing may be considered for admission. Transcripts of students whose master’s degrees are from disciplines other than nursing are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to assure attainment of prerequisite knowledge and leadership experience. Additional course work beyond the 30 credit requirement may be necessary to meet all of the essentials of doctoral education for advanced practice in leadership.

BSN-prepared candidates may be considered for the DNP program by first successfully completing the MSN degree in either track (administration or education). 


My DNP education at Edgewood College expanded my thinking from the bedside and organizational perspective to a broad population health, policy and research view. I use my DNP knowledge and skills daily as I consider nursing practice and programming, quality improvement and leading others. The Edgewood program is supportive of working adults with professors who care about your professional interests and individual development. The program is a journey of personal, scholarly and professional growth which made me a better nursing leader.
Karil Walther DNP, RN NEA-BC; RN Director of Clinical Support for Ambulatory Operations at UW Health.
Fact Sheet - Doctor of Nursing Practice in Leadership

Henry Predolin School of Nursing


The baccalaureate, master’s degree in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs at Edgewood College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

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