Healthcare Systems Leadership

Profound and unprecedented change in health care has created a need for knowledgeable and innovative clinical leaders. Career opportunities for nurses with 21st century leadership skills have never been greater. The healthcare systems leadership program is designed to prepare students to assume leadership and care management roles across the continuum of care delivery in the emerging health care delivery system.

The curriculum includes course work that integrates nursing, business, informatics, and health services administration to provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced analytical and communication skills. Leadership development is enhanced by exposure to diverse perspectives, a knowledge of theory and research, and a critical understanding of professional practice issues.

Students complete practicum courses in a variety of settings and specialty areas. Hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, home health agencies, public health agencies, and community based agencies are used to develop a student experience consonant with the individual's career path and learning objectives.

Faculty believe in the principles of adult learning, with individualized, interactive experiences designed to foster lifelong learning. Courses in the healthcare systems leadership program combine distance learning with traditional classroom experiences. Students enrolling in this program must have access to e-mail and the world wide web to complete the distance learning assignments.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the D.N.P. Program, the School of Nursing and Health Professions requires the following:

  • 3.0 GPA overall
  • A written goal statement
  • Three signed letters of recommendation
  • A resume
  • An official transcript from the college or university from which the highest nursing degree was received
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination - General Test) scores
  • A completed application form and fee
  • For international students, an official TOEFL score (600 minimum score on the paper test) and a Certificate of Finance
  • For Registered Nurses, a valid license in California.

Learning Outcomes for Health Care Systems Leadership Specialty

  1. Design and implement systems for the delivery of health care to manage or provide quality nursing care to individual clients from a variety of social and ethnic backgrounds and/or groups of clients or organizations.
  2. Collaborate, negotiate, refer and consult with and delegate to other health care professionals to resolve complex problems related to client-care situations and/or health care delivery systems.
  3. Demonstrate reasoning skills required to manage the problems encountered in practice, incorporating knowledge from research, theory and previous clinical experience.
  4. Pursue the investigation of a researchable nursing problem as the basis for improved nursing practice.
  5. Interpret the role and functions of the nurse prepared at the master's level to other nurses, other health care providers and consumers.
  6. Assume the role of administrator, manager or case manager in a nursing or health care facility.

This specialty is available in the

  • B.S.N. to D.N.P
  • D.N.P. Completion Program