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Applications Open for Executive Leadership Program

Executive Leadership

Media Contact: Bryan Black

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AUSTIN, TEXAS — Applications for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) Executive Leadership Program are now open. Presented in partnership with The George Washington University (GWU) School of Nursing, this program offers 50 contact hours of continuing education (CE) credit with in-person and online components that will equip AANP members with the advanced leadership skills needed to succeed in executive health care roles.

Completion of the AANP Introductory Certificate on Leadership by Nov. 7 is a prerequisite for applicants. This 12-module course is currently available in the AANP CE Center — exclusively for AANP members — and provides nurse practitioners (NPs) comprehensive training that will help them apply leadership theory within a variety of health care settings. AANP also offers a certificate course in educational leadership, which does not count as a prerequisite for this program.

“I encourage all eligible AANP members to apply for this unique opportunity, which will help further develop their leadership skills and prepare them to advance health care delivery within their communities,” said AANP President April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN. “The AANP Executive Leadership Program is a great way for NPs to connect with like-minded colleagues, learn collaboratively and emerge as more seasoned health care leaders.”

“I think this program has really helped me with communication — particularly how to take a communication style that’s not working and make it more effective,” said Kerrie Lasell, MSN, FNP-C, a participant in the 2021 program. “It’s all about understanding different styles and adapting your approach as needed. The executive leadership program has also made me hungry to learn more, do more and become more active through AANP.”

Applications for the 2023 AANP Executive Leadership Program close on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT). Those selected to participate will begin with an immersion at the GWU campus in Ashburn, Virginia, on March 27-31. Full details about the program — including eligibility requirements, participation dates, objectives and fees — are available on the AANP website.


The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 355,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NPs' patients and other health care consumers. To locate an NP in your community, visit For more information about NPs, visit

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