ELDNP Program Details

The Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (ELDNP) program maximizes professional performance without putting your career on hold with a combination of online and in-person teaching. For registered nurses with any master's degree, the program ranges in 37-59 total credit hours beyond the master's degree.

Upon completion of the program, you will complete the required coursework and clinical hours to meet the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Program Delivery

Teaching Intensives

  • Two "Teaching Weekends" each semester, held at the hotel where cohort members stay while in the city
  • These sessions provide time for you to work together intensively and receive feedback from faculty and peer executives from around the country

Sample Schedule for Teaching Intensives


  • Morning arrival
  • Lunch and first class at hotel
  • Early evening reception at hotel


  • Breakfast and morning class at hotel
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon class at hotel


  • Morning class at hotel
  • Free afternoon for group work/travel

Estimated Cost

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the university tuition and fees schedule.

  • $85,080 inclusive of tuition and fees, books and learning materials, hotel accommodations, most meals and transportation between hotel and university during teaching intensives
  • You are responsible for travel to San Francisco and transportation to hotel and airport

Course Details

You can complete the ELDNP Completion doctoral program in about 2.5 years, or 6 semesters, depending upon how many courses are taken in a semester.

Course descriptions are available in the catalog.

Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (ELDNP) Curriculum Pattern

Year 1
Semester 1
NURS 710E Scholarly Inquiry and Communication 4 credits
NURS 712E Population Focused System Improvement and Design 4 credits
NURS 790 Practicum I: Micro-System 1-5 credits
  Semester Total 9-13 credits
Year 1
Semester 2
NURS 720E Quality and Safety Improvement with Information Technology 4 credits
NURS 791 Practicum II Focus: MicroSystem 1-5 credits
  Semester Total 5-9 credits
Year 1
Semester 3
NURS 721E Legal and Risk Management in Administrative Practice 4 credits
NURS 749 Qualifying Project 1 credit
NURS 792 Practicum III: Meso-System 1-5 credits
  Semester Total 6-10 credits
Year 2
Semester 4
NURS 764E Advanced Management of Financial Resources 4 credits
NURS 742E Strategic Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship 4 credits
NURS 793 Practicum IV: Macro-System 1-5 credits
  Semester Total 9-13 credits
Year 2
Semester 5
NURS 754E Policy and Ethical Implications for Healthcare Outcomes 3 credits
NURS 794 Practicum V: Synthesis Integrated and Complex Organizations 1-5 credits
  Semester Total 4-8 credits
Year 3
Semester 6
NURS 789 DNP Project 1 credit
NURS 795 DNP Residency 3-5 credits
Semester Total
4-6 credits

37-59 credits

*DNP chairperson visits student workplace in fall year 1 and year 2.

Course descriptions are available in the catalog.