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Doctor of Nursing Practice + M.A. Strategic Leadership

In the Doctor of Nursing Practice + M.A. Strategic Leadership program, you’ll build on your unique skills and experiences to become a leader of greater influence in your healthcare setting. A dual degree program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice + M.A. Strategic Leadership enables B.S.N. graduates to earn their master’s and doctorate degrees in as few as three years. Our mostly online format allows you to complete your coursework and practicum in your community, so you can immediately apply what you’re learning in the context where you’re already serving. Students can begin courses in fall or spring.


Online with Intensive

You'll complete coursework online, with 1 week of on-campus intensives.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.


Partially Online

Courses will be a mix of online and face to face sessions. You'll complete over half of your coursework online.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

3 years


  • Engaging Your Potential (LEAD607)

    Orientation to Bethel University Graduate School, the MBA and MA Strategic Leadership programs, and the career coaching process.

    0 credits

  • Organizational Diagnostics and Health (LEAD641)

    Examination of organizational health and the key systems necessary to build and sustain it. Assessment of one’s leadership characteristics and personal approach to organizational health and change. Use of research, theory, and faith and their roles in organizational effectiveness.

    3 credits

  • Leadership Formation and Strategic Talent Management (LEAD651)

    Creation of a personal leadership philosophy grounded in understanding of the importance of developing others. Recognition of one’s ability to both coach and to be coached. Understanding of foundational leadership processes, practices and strategies in effective talent management. Demonstration and recognition of the importance of culture, nondiscriminatory inclusion, and personal faith while providing recommendations to increase effectiveness.

    3 credits

  • Data Analytics for Leaders: Making Ethical Decisions (LEAD661)

    Exploration of data analytics relevant to the business setting. Analysis of methods to visualize and explain quantitative data. Synthesis of appropriate strategies to make ethical and effective data driven managerial decisions.

    3 credits

  • Integrative Team Capstone (LEAD795)

    Culmination of leadership courses as students continue in graduate work. Foundation for a collaborative project that synthesizes scholarship and practice around the development of a real-life business/leadership project. Exploration of interconnections within business and connections with other aspects of life.

    3 credits

  • Nursing Leadership Practicum (NURS630)

    Overview of the nursing research process and methodologies, with an emphasis on critical appraisal of evidence for improving nursing practice. Reflect on personal leadership capacities and the design of a specific plan for capacity increase. Apply leadership skills needed to coordinate care and plan for practice change to improve healthcare outcomes. 250 Practicum hours.

    5 credits

  • The Art and Science of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS800)

    Articulation of the DNP role in developing and evaluating approaches to practice and improving healthcare. Interrelationships between nursing knowledge, theory, and science and other disciplines to promote change. Analysis of evidence-based development, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare practices. Integration of ethical principles and Christian perspectives in analyzing knowledge and theories.

    3 credits

  • Evidence Appraisal and Translation Science (NURS805)

    Skills for critically appraising existing evidence as a basis for improved healthcare practice in light of effectiveness, ethical principles, and Christian perspectives. Examination of methods to measure outcomes and to translate and implement evidence. Overview of designing guidelines that improve healthcare practice and outcomes. Introduction to the process of dissemination.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS887

  • Healthcare Policy and Advocacy (NURS810)

    Examination of healthcare policy process at the institutional, local, state, regional, federal, and international levels. Preparation to design, influence, implement, and advocate for health care policies to strengthen the nursing profession and to improve the health status of populations.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS890

  • Healthcare Economics and Finance (NURS815)

    Utilization of healthcare economics and finance to examine complex strategic and operational decisions related to improving health outcomes within systems of care. Analyze basic economics and financial concepts to formulate healthcare strategies as applicable to the healthcare industry.

    3 credits

  • Population Health and Epidemiology (NURS820)

    Utilization of epidemiology to promote leadership in clinical prevention and population health. Analysis of the impact policies, socioeconomic status, and the environment have on diverse populations within the framework of healthcare access, quality of care, and cultural sensitivity.

    3 credits

  • Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration (NURS825)

    Examination of critical topics related to leadership principles and organizational systems; including improving clinical practice management, patient safety, interprofessional collaboration, and health outcomes. Designed to facilitate the development of the skills needed to coordinate care and lead practice change and reduce healthcare disparities.

    4 credits

  • Healthcare Innovations and Informatics (NURS835)

    Examination of information management and technology systems to promote safe, quality, and cost-effective healthcare. Development of knowledge and technical skills related to the fields of informatics and healthcare innovations. Explore standards, clinical decision support systems, data management systems, big data, and patient care technologies.

    3 credits

  • DNP Practicum I (NURS840)

    Enhancement of knowledge and clinical expertise through interaction with experts in the DNP project area of study. Synthesis of DNP leadership roles with assessment, intervention, evaluation and collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes.

    2 credits

  • DNP Practicum II (NURS841)

    Enhancement of knowledge and clinical expertise through interaction with experts in the DNP project area of study. Synthesis of DNP leadership roles with assessment, intervention, evaluation and collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes.

    1 credits

  • DNP Practicum III (NURS842)

    Enhancement of knowledge and clinical expertise through interaction with experts in the DNP project area of study. Synthesis of DNP leadership roles with assessment, intervention, evaluation and collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes.

    2 credits

  • Elective Practicum (NURS843)

    Enhancement of knowledge and clinical expertise through interaction with experts in the DNP project area of study. Demonstrate synthesis of DNP leadership roles with assessment, intervention, evaluation and collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes.

    2-3 credits

  • Application of Biostatistics for Healthcare (NURS850)

    Biostatistical skills for critical appraisal of literature, including factors that contribute to validity, reliability, and generalizability of research. Interpretation of statistical output from scientific data sets using biostatistical skills. Appraisal of the rigor and appropriateness of biostatistical methods used in relation to the findings in selected research studies.

    2 credits

  • DNP Project I: Idea Generation and Literature Appraisal (NURS887)

    Development of a relevant question to improve practice guidelines, practice, or the practice environment. Critical evaluation of literature to determine the best evidence. Consideration of diverse cultures, vulnerable and underserved communities. Leadership skills for collaboration with interprofessional teams. Synthesis of evidence to create the critical appraisal for the DNP project.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS805;NURS840

  • DNP Project II: Implementation Plan (NURS888)

    Integration of theories from nursing and other disciplines to develop an implementation plan. Development of evidence-based intervention for nursing practice using implementation science and technology. Consideration of diverse, vulnerable and underserved communities. Leadership skills to collaborate with interprofessional teams. Application of ethical principles and Christian perspectives to the implementation plan.

    2 credits

  • DNP Project III: Implementation (NURS889)

    Application of the critical appraisal of the literature to improve practice and clinical outcomes. Collaboration with an interprofessional team to implement the DNP project. Application of ethical principles, Christian perspectives and leadership skills throughout the project implementation process.

    1 credits

  • DNP Project IV: Analysis (NURS890)

    Synthesize and lay the foundation for future research by using evidence to improve either practice or clinical outcomes. Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation plan and the DNP project and disseminate the findings.

    1 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS810

  • Managing Projects & Quality Initiatives (SLDR615)

    Introduction to project management theory, issues, challenges, and skills associated with project management. Analysis of connections among human behavior, knowledge, and processes that influence the success of projects in organizations. Assessment of projects, management, and tools for management based on best practice including the integration of cultural and diversity intelligence for competitive advantage in the marketplace.

    3 credits

  • Emerging Models of Work and Leadership (SLDR635)

    Exploration of emerging models of work and the leadership necessary to support them. Evaluation of leadership practices and how leadership must align to the needs of the work. Evaluation of the place of work and leadership in various community contexts.Alignment of leadership practice with faith commitments, justice, fairness, and the common good.

    3 credits

  • Beyond Diversity (SLDR640)

    This course examines diversity in the 21st century to include numerous and complex dimensions that relate to the workplace. Use of cultural intelligence resources, tools and assessments to increase personal awareness and an understanding of others. Synthesis of diversity theory, cultural intelligence theory, cooperation and competition theory, along with tools to build an inclusive and effective workplace. Construct an inclusive workplace model to increase innovation and creativity for competitive advantage in business.

    3 credits

  • Leading in Times of Crisis (SLDR645)

    Assessment of crisis situations and the variables contributing to particular episodes. Analysis of resources and opportunities available during crisis and their impact on a crisis situation. Synthesis of self-awareness, faith foundations, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills for the organization and direction of individuals and groups during times of intense difficulty.

    3 credits

  • Learning and Leading Through Conflict (SLDR650)

    Introduction to a systems view of conflict management. Integration of cognitive developmental theory and Christian spirituality with practical approaches to conflict management. Analysis of the relationships between mission, power, and respect in personal and organizational conflict contexts. Functional rehearsal of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods. Development of holistic approaches to leading others in the midst of conflict.

    3 credits

  • Followership: The Other Side of Leadership (SLDR660)

    Examination of followership. Overview of traditional views and attitudes toward followers. Analysis of Kelley’s model of followership types and the characteristics of an exemplary follower. Analysis of the relationship between leaders and followers and investigation into the relationship between followers and toxic leaders. Application of Values-Based Leadership including identification of traits and values of followers. Evaluation of personal followership style and development of a plan for improving abilities as a follower.

    3 credits

  • Portfolio Deliverable (SLDR789)

    Synthesis of key learning from the Master of Arts program, including a reconsideration of earlier work, leadership theories and growth concepts, and the development of a professional portfolio.

    0 credits


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