Chatham University

BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Executive Track

Chatham's exclusive BSN to DNP Executive Track is designed for nurses holding BSN degrees who want to fast-track their careers and lead clinical change at the executive level. This competitive program focuses on leadership excellence; advocacy and policy; health promotion; and global health.

Program Structure

The BSN to DNP Executive Track allows the student to complete two graduate degrees in 53 credits. The MSN component prepares the student for nursing leadership roles and the DNP component has the student develop, complete and evaluate an executive level project to demonstrate the knowledge and skills of the terminal nursing degree. A total of 1,000 practice experience hours will be obtained.

This program allows the nurse to complete both MSN and DNP degrees through 53 credits compared to 60 if taking the programs separately. This represents an approximate savings of $8,000.

Educational Impact

"The BSN to DNP Executive track allows professional nurses embarking on a career in nursing administration to have a program specific to their educational needs and role development. This program allows them to fast-track their educations while continuing to work on their career goals, and provides a strong complement to executive mentoring and on-the-job training."

– Diane Hunker, Ph.D., M.B.A., R.N., Nursing Programs Director and Associate Professor

Additional Information


The RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Chatham University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Chatham University's Nursing Programs (RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP) are currently preparing for the reaccreditation process with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The on-site evaluation is scheduled for 3/18–3/20/2019. As part of the CCNE accreditation process, there is opportunity for program constituents (e.g., faculty teaching in, students enrolled in the program(s) under review) and other interested parties to submit, in writing, comments concerning the program's qualification for accreditation. Learn more about participation in the process – Notice to Constituents and Other Interested Parties »