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

As of the Fall 2023 admission cycle, the program will be transitioned to hybrid format and no longer be offered as 100% online. To learn more about the hybrid DNP program, click here.

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.

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.1

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.2

Additional roles for graduates of the online DNP program:

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

Guidance Beyond Graduation

More than 98 percent of Sacred Heart alumni are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation.

Our Center for Career & Professional Development provides support to help you find your next opportunity and continue to grow outside of class.

Handshake Access

Tap into our online recruiting system exclusively for Sacred Heart students, featuring job opportunities from 10,000+ employers.

Career Coaching

Work one-on-one with a Sacred Heart career counselor to define your professional goals, practice for upcoming job interviews and more.

Extensive Network

Meet potential employers and connect with a network of 35,000+ Sacred Heart alumni in person and on LinkedIn.

Résumé Workshops

Get your résumé, cover letter and LinkedIn profile critiqued by peers and career-development experts to stand out from your competition.


  1. “Nursing Director Salary in the United States,” Retrieved November 30, 2021, from
  2. “Vice President Healthcare Salaries,” Retrieved November 30, 2021, from