May 30, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing Practice-Organizational and System Leadership (D.N.P.)

Program Overview

The DNP with organizational and system leadership specialization meets the growing demand for leadership at the organizational and systems level. Ideal for nurses in mid-level nursing management for preparation to lead within complex health systems in roles of administration, executive leadership and academic faculty. It delivers concepts from nursing science and other related disciplines in areas of finance, information systems technology, patient care improvement, health care business, population health concepts and health services resources. The DNP program has a virtual residency leadership experience during BADM 761. Learn more at


Doctorate in Nursing Practice (D.N.P.): Total 69-76 credit hours

  • Conferred Master of Science Nursing (from an accredited institution) 33 credit hours


  • Conferred Master’s in a health-related field (must be a licensed Registered Nurse) 33 credit hours
  • Required courses in major area 36-43 credit hours
    • Minimum of 1,000 clinical hours is required (students must take 1-7 clinical credits to meet the minimum 1,000 clinical hours required for the program if they have not met this requirement)

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit:

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Department of Nursing
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Graduate Admissions 
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