The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing

ELDNP Program Overview

The Executive Leadership DNP program is a dynamic and engaging academic program that prepares the nurse executive for the multiple dimensions of administrative responsibilities within varied healthcare environments. Effective executive practice requires substantial knowledge of business, finance, labor relations, strategic leadership, organizational development, and healthcare policy, and the ELDNP is an advanced-level practice degree that emphasizes application of research to clinical nursing practice at the highest administrative levels.

Schedule and Format

Structured in an innovative hybrid format, students come to campus for a total of 12 teaching intensives during the 6 semesters, and engage with the content and their fellow students through meaningful computer-assisted activities in between the teaching intensives.

Sample Intensive Meeting Format:

Day 1: Arrive Thursday morning
Lunch and first class meeting at noon at hotel
Early evening reception at hotel
Day 2: Breakfast and class meeting at hotel
Afternoon class meeting at hotel
Day 3:
Breakfast at hotel
Morning class meeting at USF campus
Free afternoon for activities/return home

Curriculum Pattern and Course Descriptions


$80,340 inclusive of tuition and fees; books and learning materials; hotel accommodations, most meals, and transportation between hotel and University during teaching intensives.

Admission Requirements & Qualifications

This program is designed specifically for current nurse executives at the division level or above with supervisory oversight of a group of essential services or functions. Interested registered nurses with a master’s degree are invited to apply.

The following documents are required for application:

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

  • Copies of  transcripts from colleges/universities attended for all graduate-level degrees (MSN, MBA, JD).
  • 3 letters of recommendation (online submission)
  • Resume
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Documentation of valid RN license
  • Documentation of national certification


The DNP program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).



Clinical Practice Knowledge

Patient Care Delivery Models, Work Design, CaseManagement

Healthcare Economics and Policy


Evidence- based Practice and Outcomes

Patient Safety

Quality Improvement and Metrics


Effective Communication

Relationship Management

Staff Relationships

Ability to Influence Behaviors

Ability to Work with Diversity

Shared Decision-making

Community Involvement


Healthcare Financing

Human Resource Management and Development

Strategic Management


Information Management and Technology


Personal and Professional Accountability


Evidence-based Clinical and Management Practice

Advocacy for the Clinical Enterprise and for Nursing Practice

Active Membership in Professional Associations

Career Planning


Foundational Thinking Skills

Personal Journey Disciplines

Appreciation and Application of Systems Thinking

Succession Planning

Change Management