Our Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (ELDNP) program is the first of its kind in the nation. Launched in 2011, the program is the perfect fit for working professionals interested in broader, more strategic thinking.

The ELDNP curriculum focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship, financial management, labor relations, risk management, evidence-based practice, information technology, and health care policy.

The Executive Leader DNP program is designed for nurse executives at the division level or above with supervisory oversight of a group of essential services or functions. It comprises 32 credits over the course of approximately two years of study, with the addition of two-to-three teaching intensives per semester. Clinical practice, combined with both classroom and computer-assisted coursework, allows current nurse executives to maintain their professional life while obtaining the ELDNP. It is offered at the USF main campus only.


The ELDNP curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials for the Doctor of Nursing Practice, in addition to the AONE Core Competencies for Nursing Executives. The curriculum also maintains the standards and expectations set by the Council on Graduate Education for Administrative Nursing (CGEAN), the American Nurses Association, and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Health Leadership Competency Model.


Admission to the program is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant's ability to undertake doctoral study and of their contributions to the discipline of nursing as evidence by the following:

  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from colleges/universities attended are accepted at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required upon admission.
  • Recommended Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume
  • Documentation of RN license
  • A completed application form and fee:
  • TOEFL scores if needed (international students)

Use the online application form to upload copies of transcripts and all documents, and to provide names and email addresses of recommenders. Mailed materials will not be accepted, everything should be submitted online.