Executive Nurse Administrator

Executive Nurse Administrators (ENA) serve as leaders who represent their profession and advocate for nursing and healthcare systems that provide excellence in care and improve health, patient safety and quality.

Program Information

The Executive Nurse Administration program doctorally prepares Registered Nurses at the highest level of leadership and scientific inquiry.  Graduates gain knowledge and skill to orchestrate and influence the work of others at various levels of the healthcare environment.  The program focuses on professionalism, leadership, communication, advocacy, quality enhancement, and patient safety. Classes are online. In the last year of the program, the student will partake in a practice immersion experience to build and assimilate knowledge of the nurse administrator role at a high level of complexity.

BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in the specialty area of Executive Nurse Administration must have a minimum of one year of nursing experience prior to starting the clinical portion of their program. Management experience is not a requirement.

Executive Nurse Administrators FAQ

Clinical Orientation

Students are not required to travel to campus for orientation; orientation to the program occurs through a web conference.

Clinical Affiliations

Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

DNP Residency

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete an evidence-based scholarly project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care and patient outcomes. Residency requirements for the scholarly project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.


MSN to DNP for Executive Nurse Administrator

Fall Entry

Spring Entry

MSN to DNP Adding Executive Nurse Administrator Certification

Fall Entry

Spring Entry

BSN to DNP Pathway

Fall Entry

Spring Entry


Please feel free to contact Dr. Bridget Moore for more information about this specialty: bmoore@southalabama.edu.