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AANP Executive Leadership Program

Applications for the 2022 American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) Executive Leadership Program closed on November 10, 2021.

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: March 28-April 1, 2022, presented in person at the GWU campus in Ashburn, Virginia.
  • Week 2: June 6–10, 2022, presented virtually.
  • Webinar: May 11, 2022.

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.

Applications closed on November 10, 2021.

Program Objectives

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


  • Must be an AANP member with at least one year of continuous membership since October 1, 2020.
  • Must have completed the prerequisite 12-module AANP Leadership Certificate course on or before November 8, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CT. For this prerequisite course to be considered complete, applicants must complete each individual module, submit the required evaluation and have a certificate generated. This prerequisite course was presented in-person at the 2021 AANP Fall Conference.
  • Must have at least one year’s experience as a practicing NP.
  • Cannot 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:

  • Hotel costs, not including incidentals, and a celebratory dinner in Ashburn 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.

Participants are responsible to pay thier own airfare/travel and meal costs for the in-person week of study.

Supporting Documents

  • Two current, professional letters of reference must be provided, written on the referrer’s letterhead and signed. One reference must be your current supervisor, whose reference letter must address the following:
    • Identify how long they have known the applicant.
    • 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 that adheres to the provided template.