AANP Executive Leadership Program

Applications closed on April 15, 2020, at 5 p.m. CT.

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) and offering approximately 50 contact hours of continuing education, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) Executive Leadership Program includes:

  • Two weeks at George Washington University with content and coaching by top experts.
  • Week 1: Monday, August 3–Friday, August 7, 2020.
  • Week 2: Monday, October 26–Friday, October 30, 2020.
  • Webinar: September 17, 2020.
  • Additional time requirements include assignments, reading and individual coaching.

Program Objectives

  1. Utilize the roles of leadership to assist participants in developing the mindset and presence of an executive leader (discussed in Week 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 Week 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 Week 1 and 2).
  4. Apply knowledge of political advocacy in health care to advocate with congressional delegations on behalf of AANP (discussed in Week 2).


  • Must be an AANP member with at least one year of continuous membership since January 1, 2019.
  • Must have completed the prerequisite 12-module AANP Introductory Certificate on Leadership course before April 8, 2020.
  • Must have at least one year's experience as a practicing nurse practitioner (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.
  • All costs associated with travel and meals.

Program cost includes:

  • Hotel costs, not including incidentals, and a celebratory dinner in Washington D.C. will be provided by AANP.
  • 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 references on letterhead. One reference must be your current supervisor. The supervisor reference 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/resume.