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Become An Expert and Make A Difference In Health Care

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with Organizational and System Leadership specialization meets the growing demand for nursing leadership that practice at the organizational and systems level. This program prepares nurses for a high-level career in the health care industry. Students will learn the skills needed to lead within complex systems, and they can hold administrative positions in hospital and ambulatory care, private consultation, clinics, government agencies, academia and businesses.

The Department of Nursing will collaborate with the USD Beacom School of Business to offer the DNP program, which broadens the perspectives of students and strengthens their ability to engage in interprofessional practice. The curriculum prepares students to incorporate principles from nursing science and other related disciplines in areas of finance, budget and policy, information systems technology, patient care improvement, health care business, population health and ethics into their practice.

Ideal for nurses in mid-level nursing management and management positions this degree will allow students to assume leadership roles within health care organizations. Students will earn the skills to succeed in health care.

  • Elevate the quality of health care
  • Improve patient safety
  • Shape and influence health care systems
  • Integrate health care technology and informatics
  • Lead transformative practice and organizational change

Eligible Doctor of Nursing Practice committee chairs will be assigned for project oversight.

Admission Requirements

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to Nursing in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

Please note: All courses in the DNP are subject to specific program fees.  Please visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

For more information about the online Doctor of Nursing Practice, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by email at

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