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AANP Executive Leadership Program

The application period for the 2021 American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) Executive Leadership Program is closed.

Equipping the Next Generation of Nurse Practitioner (NP) Leaders!

You are already an inspiration to your patients and a pillar in your community, but now it's time to take your leadership skills to the next level! In partnership with curriculum from The George Washington University (GWU) School of Nursing and offering approximately 50 contact hours of continuing education (CE), the AANP Executive Leadership Program includes two weeks of content and ongoing coaching by top experts.

  • Week 1: April 12–16, 2021, presented virtually.
  • Week 2: June 10–14, 2021, presented virtually.
  • Webinar: May 19, 2021.

AANP is committed to diversity and inclusion when selecting participants for this program and encourages applicants from a multitude of diverse life experiences and backgrounds to apply.

The application period for the 2021 AANP Executive Leadership Program is now closed. Please stay tuned for details about the 2022 program!

Program Objectives

  1. Utilize the roles of leadership to assist participants in developing the mindset and presence of an executive leader (discussed in Weeks 1 and 2, the webinar and ongoing coaching).
  2. Demonstrate the skills of leading self, leading people, managing thinking and applying knowledge and experience (discussed in Weeks 1 and 2, the webinar and ongoing coaching).
  3. Plan and facilitate systematic change to improve patient and business outcomes at the organizational level (discussed in Weeks 1 and 2).
  4. Apply knowledge of political advocacy in health care to advocate with congressional delegations on behalf of AANP (discussed in Week 1).


  • Must be an AANP member with at least one year of continuous membership.
  • Must have completed the prerequisite 12-module AANP Introductory Certificate on Leadership course before November 11, 2020. For this prerequisite course to be considered complete, applicants must complete each individual module, submit the required evaluation and have a certificate generated.
  • Must have at least one year's experience as a practicing NP.
  • Must not be an AANP staff member.
  • Cannot be a current or past board member or elected official of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the American College of Nurse Practitioners.

Program Cost and Details

  • Nonrefundable $1,000 participant fee, due upon selection to the program.

Program cost includes:

  • A welcome bag that includes the three required reading books and additional GWU gifts.
  • A 360 Feedback Tool that will guide you in providing objective performance feedback to your staff members, colleagues and co-workers.

Supporting Documents

  • Two current, professional letters of reference must be provided, written on the referrer’s letterhead. One reference must be your current supervisor, whose letter must address the following:
    • Identify how long they have known the candidate.
    • Speak to the applicant's leadership potential and provide examples.
    • Confirm their understanding and support of the time commitments required by the program.
  • Current CV or resume.