Chamberlain Expands Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program to Include Healthcare Systems Leadership Specialty Track — November 5, 2013

Contact: Susie White
For Chamberlain College of Nursing


Specialty track allows master’s-prepared nurses to customize doctoral education for any specialization

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Nov. 5, 2013 – Chamberlain College of Nursing launches its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track for master’s-prepared nurses who want to pursue advanced leadership roles within their chosen specialty. The new specialty track allows students to customize their experience based on their credentials and career goals and tailor their practicum to any specialization, such as nursing informatics, health policy, practice administration or higher education administration. The Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track joins the Advanced Practice Leadership specialty track for advanced practice registered nurses in rounding out Chamberlain’s DNP degree program.

“Chamberlain’s DNP Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track provides students with the opportunity to design a practice-focused doctoral education around their advanced leadership goals,” said Dr. Carole Eldridge, director of graduate programs for Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Nurses are a critical part of care teams that improve patient care through heightened engagement at the bedside and system-level reforms. Our doctoral program now provides nurses with two distinct pathways to lead change and elevate the level of patient care.”

Today, less than 1 percent of nurses in the U.S. hold doctoral degrees[1]. Citing the new challenges of today’s complex healthcare setting and diverse and growing patient population, the Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recommend doubling this number by 2020. The recommendations, outlined in the 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, emphasize the role of doctoral education in nurses’ ability to lead inter-professional teams in addressing these challenges.

Chamberlain is now accepting applications for the DNP Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track for courses beginning Jan. 6, 2014. The 12-course specialty track comprises 32 to 40 semester credit hours, including four evidence-based clinical project/practicum courses. The number of credit hours and project/practicum course hours vary depending on the amount of practicum hours completed during the student’s master’s program. Credit hours may be completed online in six semesters or two years of full-time study, offering a flexible option for actively practicing nurses.

The DNP curriculum addresses each of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s DNP Essentials recommended competencies for all graduates of a DNP program regardless of specialty or function[2]. For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s DNP degree program, visit


 About Chamberlain College of Nursing
For 125 years, Chamberlain College of Nursing has been at the forefront of excellence in nursing education. Chamberlain is increasing access to nursing education nationwide with campuses offering the three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible online programs such as the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and Graduate Certificates.

Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools HLC is one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791). The Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Columbus location is accredited with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.

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[1] Designing DNP Programs to Meet Required Competencies – Context for the Conversation. Rep. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, n.d. Web.

[2] The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Tech. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2006. Web.