The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions

Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice for the Nurse Executive (ELDNP)

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.

Graduate student takes notes in class

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 units 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.

More Information

For more information about the program, please contact Susana Torres in the School of Nursing and Health Professions (San Francisco main campus) at (415) 422-2806 or


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.