Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

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

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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 usd.edu/nursing.


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

  • Conferred Master of Science Nursing (from an accredited institution) 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)
    • USD Nursing may accept up to 280 supervised clinical practice hours from the student’s master’s program

Required Courses in Major Area: 36-43 credit hours

General Application Requirements

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

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here: link.usd.edu/grad-catalog

Location Matters for Non-Licensure Track Programs

This program is not designed or advertised to lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

USD is permitted to operate under the terms of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) policies and standards in offering online courses/degree programs to residents in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  Online courses/programs may also be offered to residents of California (a non-SARA state) because it does not regulate out-of-state public institutions.

Additionally, this program is authorized to offer supervised field study experiences (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) in South Dakota. Please be aware that there may be some restrictions on your ability to engage in supervised field study outside of South Dakota. Please contact a program representative if you have questions regarding supervised field study.

Distance education courses or programs will not be offered outside of the United States without prior written approval from the University, which may be withheld for any reason. If you are taking distance courses while physically located outside of the United States, it is your responsibility to confirm the following: (a) if the country will recognize an online degree; (b) the availability of supervised field study opportunities in the country; and (c) if the country charges any additional taxes, withholdings or fees associated with online distance education programs.

For more information, please visit USD’s State Authorization page or contact your admissions counselor.


Department of Nursing
605-658-5600 | nursing@usd.edu | usd.edu/nursing

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad


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