Concentration Overview

The interactive online Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Executive Program (DNP-NEP) at Augusta University’s College of Nursing (CON) will advance the future of nursing and healthcare leadership in Georgia and beyond. The DNP-NEP is designed exclusively for chief nursing officers, vice presidents of nursing and other nurse leaders aspiring to assume nurse executive-level positions in hospital systems or rural and/or public health settings. 

The DNP-NEP prepares current and future nurse executives to perform with business acumen, empathy and self-leadership while navigating the pressures of today’s competitive local and global health care environments. The curriculum and competencies, based on the standards and competencies of the Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing, the American Association of Nurse Leaders, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership,and the Public Health Foundation reflect the advanced skills, technical understanding and personal development required for effective healthcare executive practice.

This concentration only admits students in the Fall.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Augusta University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Applications for Fall 2022 admission will be open August 30, 2021 - June 15, 2022.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice


Program Manager

Debbie Weaver

Concentration Coordinator

Michelle Cox-Henley

Innovative group and individual learning in the integration of advanced systems science, health policy, finance, and human resource optimization to achieve highest quality healthcare.

Students will meet a required 1,000 hours of executive training experiences, which includes hours in previous leadership programs. DNP-NE students can be awarded 500 hours if they are certified as a Nurse Executive, with a certification that requires a Masters Degree.

Curriculum (full-time) Curriculum (part-time)

  • Online learning
  • Attend full time or part time (and work while you attend school)
  • Interactive web-based classes taught by experienced online instructors
  • Capstone/practice project completed in your area of expertise
  • Opportunity to study with faculty who are practice experts
  • Scientific/Social/Psychological Foundation: Integrates and applies nursing and foundational sciences to effectively practice in complex, evolving healthcare systems
  • Safe Quality Care Within Healthcare Systems: Analyze and effect quality outcomes in healthcare system
  • Evidenced Based Practice/Research: Improve healthcare outcomes with application of evidence in the healthcare environment
  • Health Care Technology/Informatics: Analyzes and facilitates the use of information systems/ technology to monitor and improve patient care outcomes and healthcare systems.
  • Health Care Policy: Analyzes the multiple levels of policy to advocate for issues which have actual or potential impact on nursing and healthcare outcomes.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration/Communication: Employs strategies to lead develop and contribute toward productive interprofessional teams for the improvement of healthcare outcomes.
  • Population Health: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesize and apply theory, models, and research to impact health care of diverse populations.
  • Professional Practice: Utilizes the competencies of an advanced practice expert to design, implement and evaluate evidence based care within specialty.