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Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Career Outlook

Find opportunity as a leader across the health care industry.

Empower yourself to make the maximum amount of impact across population health outcomes with the Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Sacred Heart University. You’ll gain the skills to become a nursing leader in an area of your choice in a variety of roles.

Facing a rapid expansion of knowledge, increased complexity of patient care and shortages in personnel, leaders who can navigate a changing health care environment will find high demand throughout the industry.

Follow your passion where it leads you with our DNP, whether you want to provide advanced direct services as a midwife or anesthetist or create systemic change at the executive level.

Director of Nursing:


As a director of nursing, you would guide the operations of a health care organization and a team of nursing leaders with complex roles. Manage policies and budgets, oversee personnel and organizational structure, and ensure high standards of care.2

Executive VP in Health Care:


As an executive in the health care industry, you could be part of an executive team driving an organization’s strategy. Whether in the for-profit or nonprofit sector, you would provide valuable health care expertise to meet business- and mission-focused goals while steering operational excellence.3

Additional roles for graduates of the online DNP program:

  • Certified registered nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Certified nurse midwife
  • Health care lobbyist
  • Clinical researcher
  • Advanced practice registered nurse

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A Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice can unlock the door to many lucrative and rewarding career opportunities. Use the visualization below to explore career outcomes on both a national and local level.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 2, 2019, from
  2. (2019 September 26). Nursing Director Salary in the United States. Retrieved October 2, 2019, from
  3. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved October 17, 2019.