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Health Leadership and Practice

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As a student in Clarke’s DNP-HLP program, you will find creative solutions to health care challenges with hands-on thinking and develop personal leadership skills that inspire innovation.

The Health Leadership and Practice (HLP) tract consists of 81 credits and can be completed in three years full-time or five years part-time. Classes are hybrid, meeting face-to-face the first and third Thursdays of each month. Cohorts are limited to 20 students. Students will complete 1,000 clinical hours specific to their concentration.

Students choosing the HLP concentration are prepared for roles in leadership both in and outside the hospital environment. For example, they can run a nurse-managed clinic, work in public health or nonprofit, or administrate a long-term care facility.

Graduate DNP-HLP students are competent, compassionate caregivers who will:

  • Provide excellent patient care using evidence-based practice
  • Collaborate with inter-professional teams
  • Apply ethical perspectives to decision-making
  • Advocate health care access for all
  • Manage the business of health care effectively
  • Inform practice with current research
  • Use technology to support practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the issues and trends related to health care and socio-economic policies

Career Opportunities 

  • Our DNP-HLP program is designed to prepare you for a future serving in a multitude of leadership positions, including:
    • The hospital or clinical setting
    • Long-term care facility
    • Health department
    • Visiting Nurse Association
    • Non-profits
    • State Nurses Association
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Hospice
    • Treatment facilities
    • Public policy and lobbyist