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.
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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrate reasoning skills required to manage the
problems encountered in practice, incorporating knowledge from research,
theory and previous clinical experience.
- Pursue the investigation of a researchable nursing
problem as the basis for improved nursing practice.
- Interpret the role and functions of the nurse
prepared at the master's level to other nurses, other health care
providers and consumers.
- 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