• On-Campus Component
  • Cost
    $1,053.00 per credit (resident and nonresident)
  • Total Credits
  • Credential
    Doctorate Degree
  • Admission GPA
  • Application Deadlines
    Early Decision Review: January 2 | Final: March 1
  • Campus
    Twin Cities
  • College
    School of Nursing

The Health Innovation and Leadership specialty prepares nurses to be full interprofessional partners, to create innovative healing environments, and to transform health care systems locally, nationally, and internationally. Roles range from leading in formal executive positions to leadership at point-of-care delivery, from acute care to community care, and from leading individual quality and safety programs to national and international health care initiatives.

This program is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Health Innovation and Leadership are qualified to take the Certification for Executive Nursing Practice Exam (CENP) or the Certification for Nurse Managers and Leaders (CNML) exam upon graduation.

Program Format

The health innovation and leadership specialty of the DNP program is a three-year full-time program delivered online.

Students in this specialty are required to come to campus once each semester for a four-day session (Tuesday through Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses and meetings with your advisor. Students also complete 1,000 hours at practicum sites arranged by the school. All other work is completed online.

Recommended 3-Year Program Plan

Sample Courses

  • NURS 6600 – Health Systems and Care Models (3 cr)
  • NURS 7600 – Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (4 cr)
  • NURS 7202 – Moral and Ethical Positions and Actions in Nursing (2 cr)
  • NURS 7608 – Health Care Finance and Resource Management (3 cr)
  • NURS 7900 – Scholarly Teaching and Learning in Nursing (3 cr)

International Students

Applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents should understand that the University of Minnesota’s DNP program does not meet the requirements for eligibility needed to obtain the appropriate F-1 student visa or status because the DNP has limited (fewer than four) face-to-face on-site classes per DNP course. During the application process, we ask that international students use ECE or WES credential services for the evaluations.