Health Systems Leadership with Coaching
Integration of Professional Life Coaching

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Overview of the Master’s in Nursing - Health Systems Leadership with Life Coaching

Integration of professional life coaching services empowers nurse leaders to become more confident, and adaptable professionals, impacting resiliency and fulfillment as a leader in health care. Equipped with coaching skills, nurses lead effectively and promote high-quality patient care. An MSN-HSL degree, uniquely blended with professional life coaching, supports personal and career growth, contributes to positive work environments, and ultimately benefits the entire healthcare system.

What makes this program different?

  • Flexible
    • 100% online with online-onsite blended options for cohorts (offered at 10 regional IWU education centers located in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio or at your healthcare organization site, depending on availability).
    • Multiple start dates available
  • Professional Alignment
    • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)- Nurse Executive Certification
    • International Coaching Federation (ICF)-Life Coaching Certification
  • Accelerated
    • 34 credits / 2 years
  • Affordable
    • High value, low cost-- Ranked at 6th - place for “Best Bang for the Buck” Colleges across the Midwest
    • IWU graduates achieve a 58% higher rate of income than the national median at 10 years postgraduation
    • $595/credit with an all-in, transparent, total cost of $22,460 ($20,230 tuition / $2,230 fees); Ask about a discount for partner organizations, including professional memberships!
    • Eligible for financial aid and military-preferred tuition benefits
  • Personalized
    • 1:1 professional life coaching sessions
    • Engaged faculty mentors
    • No-hassle, on-time, automatic delivery of textbooks delivered to your home
  • Practical
    • Hands-on practicum, customized for the approved location of YOUR choice
    • Practicum experience averages <10 hrs/week
  • Specialized
    • Holistic faith-integrated program designed to support you personally and professionally. Nationally ranked at 7th -place of Best Christian Colleges and Universities.
    • Incorporation of professional life coaching content, with up to 6 credits that can apply toward the Life Coaching certificate program that will prepare you for an ICF certification
    • Inclusion of principles of AACN’s Nurse Executive, preparing you for the credentials of NE-BC after board certification.
  • Trusted
    • IWU has been a brick-and-mortar college since 1920 — 100 years as an institution and 2+ decades providing online education
    • Nursing degrees and certificates at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and IWU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1966. All Nursing programs meet the state regulations where offered. Memberships are held in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
    • Nationally ranked university with a 12th -place ranking on Newsweek and Statista's list of America's Top Online Colleges of 2023 out of 200 colleges and universities and a 3rd place ranking of nursing programs throughout Indiana

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Become an advanced practitioner in the field
  • Think/act on today’s issues in healthcare organizations
  • Develop leadership skills in order to evaluate and resolve ethical issues in the system
  • Integrate your faith into your nursing career and coursework

Career Options

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34 Total
$595/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

8 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • May apply to complete a post graduate certificate in a masters nursing major for which they do not already hold a degree.
  • Must meet masters nursing admission requirements for the major program.
  • Must submit an official transcript showing completion of a masters or doctoral degree in nursing.
  • A criminal history background check (at the student's expense) must be completed upon admission to any track of the Masters Nursing program. A criminal background check must be completed within six weeks following the start of the program. Upon request, documentation of background checks, required health information, immunization information, drug screening results, and other required information may be provided to healthcare facilities where the student will be completing clinical/practicum requirements as part of their required course of study. Progression in the program is dependent on the results of the reports.

To assist in the decision-making process, the Division of Masters Nursing reserves the right to require the applicant to:

  • Interview

Acceptance into any Masters Nursing program will remain valid for a period of 18 months.

  • Successful completion of the specific curriculum as described below.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B" in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to nine hours of post-baccalaureate credit from a regionally accredited college or university provided that:

  • The course is clearly comparable to one of the BDNP course offerings based on course description and learning outcomes.
  • The course is at the 600 or higher for any doctoral level courses and was not part of the baccalaureate degree requirements.
  • A grade of “B” or higher was earned in the course.
  • The course was completed within the past five years.
  • The course reflects current knowledge and best practice.
  • The course reflects higher order thinking, study, and assessment requirements of the scholarship of discovery.
  • Courses containing practicum requirements may not be met by transfer course (NP practicum courses, graduate level health assessment, graduate level healthcare policy, cultural healthcare and all DNP project courses). All DNP project work must be original and accomplished exclusively during IWU DNP enrollment.



Residency for the doctoral program is satisfied by attending three onsite residencies. Students are expected to be in attendance throughout the residency and are not allowed an absence from required workshops, events, or class sessions that are scheduled during the residency. If a student does need to withdraw from a residency, and the withdrawal date is less than 10 days from the start date of the residency, residency fees are non-refundable. Business casual is the expected attire. Students are expected to follow the community lifestyle statement of the university while on campus. This includes refraining from the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, use of firearms, and unethical or illegal activities.

  • Residency I – Orientation to the DNP Program and DNP Scholarly Project requirements
  • Residency II –DNP Scholarly Project Proposal presentation
  • Residency III – Final DNP Scholarly Project presentation and other required activities


Progression Requirements
  • All courses must be successfully completed in the sequence prescribed by the program's requirements. Failure to successfully complete a course will result in an administrative withdrawal from the program.
  • Each course must be satisfactorily completed with a grade of “B” or above before progressing into the next course.
  • Doctoral Nursing Students will be academically dismissed upon receipt of a second unsatisfactory grade.
  • Students must maintain an RN license that is active and unencumbered at all times during enrollment in the program. Students must have a valid unencumbered RN license in the state(s) of the practicum sites. If students have multiple state licenses, all must be unencumbered. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the School of Nursing if the status of his or her RN license changes. Students will be administratively withdrawn from the program at any point if this status is not maintained.
  • A transcultural healthcare experience is required.
  • Students must meet all practicum agency requirements. Nurse Practitioner students must have health clearance and documentation of TB, Rubella, and Hepatitis B status; and meet any other requirements of the practicum site before any client contact. A second criminal background check and drug screen (at the student's expense) will be required for all Nurse Practitioner students prior to the first practicum course. Progression in the program is dependent on the results of the reports.
  • Any student found to have falsified practicum hours will be immediately dismissed and not allowed to re-enter any graduate nursing program at IWU.
  • Students who maintain continuous enrollment, who make normal progress toward a degree, and who earn their degree within the major program's maximum time from the date of enrollment may meet the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog under which they enrolled.


Practicum Hours

A minimum of 1000 graduate level practicum hours are required to be eligible for graduation. Practicum hours will be a culmination of hours completed during the BDNP program.

Practicum hours may be accrued by completion of work or projects as approved by the course faculty or the Dean of the Division of Doctoral Programs or designated academic leader. Further explanation of practicum hours can be found in the DNP Project Manual and NP Clinical Guidelines.


Degree Completion Limits

The BDNP program is designed with a lock-step curriculum to be completed in approximately 48 months. The program requirements must be completed within 78 months from start date. Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment with their original cohort and curriculum will be required to join a new cohort (as space is available), adapt to all new curricular requirements, changes to the DNP Scholarly Project Manual, and any NO Clinical Guideline changes, and will incur any changes in program cost. Any exceptions to this policy must be requested in writing to the Dean of the Division of Doctoral Programs or designated academic leader with the final decision resting with the Student Life Council.


DNP Project Continuation

Doctoral students not completing the Scholarly Project by the end of DNP-812 will be required to maintain continuous enrollment. Students will enroll in a one-hour DNP Project Continuation course (DNP-900) continuously until the DNP Project is successfully defended. Students will pay the one-credit-hour course tuition, a $500 additional DNP Project Advisor fee, and any other required fees to maintain continuous enrollment. Each continuation course will be 10 weeks in length. The maximum number of continuation courses will be seven.


The Post-baccalaureate Clinical Nurse Educator’s Certificate at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ( IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The School of Nursing is also a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties,

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024