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Doctor of Nursing Practice – Educational Leadership Specialization

Pursue Your Online DNP in Nursing Education Leadership Online

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with an Educational Leadership Specialization at Post University covers six key competencies useful to today’s nurse educators and nursing education leaders: leadership, finance and fund development, new models of curriculum development and delivery, education policy, education research, and strategic planning. It offers the learning experiences you could use to build and enhance your teaching and leadership skills for acute-care or hospital-based nursing education departments, schools, and systems.  

As one of the few DNP online programs to feature a specialization in educational leadership, this specialization is an investment in yourself so you can invest more of yourself in others. 

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ACEN Programmatic Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program with four specialization options is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

DNP Online Program At A Glance

Zero Residency Requirements

6 Start Dates Per Year

8-Week Courses

42 Credit Hours
28-Month Program

Zero Residency Requirements

6 Start Dates Per Year

8-Week Courses

42 Credit Hours
28-Month Program

Practice-Focused Curriculum for Real-World Skills 

Coursework for your doctorate in nursing education specialization is designed to help you build the foundation of best practices, insights, and practical skills necessary to: 

  • Evaluate curricula in order to meet the needs of communities of interest 
  • Explain how technology and simulation can be effectively integrated into a nursing curriculum at all levels 
  • Propose how technology and simulation can be effectively integrated into nursing education 
  • Plan for use of economic and human resources to maximize the potential of a program or school 
  • Create an assessment plan for a nursing program that provides direction for program improvement as well as meets state and accreditation requirements 

Overall, coursework for this doctoral degree covers a wide range of issues that impact nursing and healthcare, including nursing leadership and education. It also provides a comprehensive review of issues that challenge educating others in these areas. 

Curriculum, Course Descriptions, & Program Outcomes

Please see the University Catalog for the online DNP – Educational Leadership Specialization’s curriculum with course descriptions and program outcomes.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Online Admissions Requirements

For your convenience, the DNP program offers six start dates per year. Prior to beginning your doctoral degree in nursing, you must have the following:

  • Current, active, unrestricted U.S. RN license
  • A master’s degree in nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • View the full list of the Nursing Admissions Requirements

Our online DNP admissions team is available to walk you through the application process and answer any questions on DNP program requirements. Contact us to learn more!

If you are interested in the DNP with the executive leadership or informatics leadership specializations, you are not required to have an MSN degree. However, you must hold a master’s in another discipline and complete a three-course bridge option and 400 practice hours. For more information about our bridge option please call our admissions team at 866.922.5690.

Tuition & Payment Options

View the Tuition and Fees section for information for the online DNP degree program costs.

We offer several funding options as you pursue your education. Please see the Scholarships and Other Ways to Save section to learn more about our:

  • External Scholarships
  • Nursing Tuition Reductions
  • Education Partnership Program Tuition Reduction
  • Post Eagle Program (Military)
  • Payment Plans
  • And more!


This program is not currently eligible for Title IV funding for new enrollments.

What Our Students Are Saying 

“I really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend the DNP – Educational Leadership Specialization. It worked for my life and my schedule, and I came away a better nurse and professor because of it.” 

Debbie D’Arcy

DNP - Educational Leadership Specialization

Pursue Your DNP – Educational Leadership Specialization Online at Post! 

At Post University, we are focused on your success, in and out of the classroom. It begins with a student success advisor who will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and help you address any challenges throughout your doctor of nursing practice journey. We are here to help you achieve your DNP – Educational Leadership Specialization goals. 

Ready to help make the nursing world a better, healthier place? Contact us to explore what it takes to be successful in our doctorate in nursing education online program. 

This program is not currently eligible for Title IV funding for new enrollments.