School of Nursing Graduate Level Programs

Post Masters to DNP : Health Systems Leadership

DNP Health Systems Leadership

Cleveland State University's Post masters Health Systems Leadership program offers online classes for the working nurse executive.

To meet the ever chaning demands of our nation's complex health care system, CSU is offering an post masters to DNP program to prepare graduates for leadership positions in health care organizations.

Click here to review the course outline for this program

Program Offerings:
  • Part time to accommodate the demands of your work schedule
  • Online learning format
  • Completed in 6 consecutive semesters
  • Affordable tuition
  • All courses are taught by our full time doctorally prepared faculty

Program Goals

  1. Synthesize knowledge derived from nursing science from other scientific disciplines as the basis for advanced nursing practice and innovative approaches to improve the health of individuals, aggregates and populations. (AACN Essential 1: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice; Essential #7: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health; Essential #8: Advanced Nursing Practice.) 
  2. Employ organizational and systems leadership to improve the quality and safety of individuals, aggregates, and populations. (AACN Essential 2: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking.) 
  3. Integrate clinical scholarship and utilization of analytical methods to identify best nursing practices. (AACN Essential 3: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice.) 
  4. Demonstrate leadership in the systems level evaluation, development, and implementation of information systems and related technologies for healthcare delivery that optimize outcomes for individuals, aggregates, and populations. (AACN Essential 4: Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care.) 
  5. Engage in advocacy by influencing policy throughout the various stages of the policy-making process at the institutional, local, state, national and/or global levels. (AACN Essential 5: Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care.) 
  6. Facilitate collaboration among inter-professional teams to ensure high-quality patient, system or population health outcomes. (AACN Essential 6: Inter-professional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes.)
Program Requirements:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 in your Mater of Nursing degree
  • One year experience working as an RN
  • Statistics course completed within the last five years with a grade of B or better
Application Submission Process:
  • Apply to the College of Graduate Studies;  Deadline to apply is April 15 for the Fall semester. After April 15, applications will be considered on a space-availability basis.
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions
  • Three (3) professional letters of recommendation
  • CV/Resume
  • 500 word essay addressing career goals

All applicants will interview with a School of Nursing faculty member

All application materials must be submitted to:

Cleveland State University
Application Processing Center
Office of University Registrar
1836 Euclid Avenue, UN 443
Cleveland, OH 44115