Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice

June 2: Webinar Information Session

Learn how you can continue to work and advance your education with a Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Join us on June 2 from 5-6 p.m. PDT for a virtual information session, hearing from the program directors and admissions team.

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Offered In

Downtown San Francisco at the Galleria Park Hotel

As the first of its kind in the nation, USF's Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (ELDNP) program set the standard — and raised it — preparing nurse executives to take on multidimensional responsibilities in health care.

The Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum is practice-based, emphasizing entrepreneurship, financial management, labor relations, risk management, information technology and health care policy. Over the course of two years, students learn to apply research to clinical nursing practice and ethical decision-making at the highest administrative levels.

The ELDNP curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials for the Doctor of Nursing Practice, and 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.

The ELDNP program has reinvigorated my passion for excellence in nursing practice and for life-long learning. I found the content to be relevant and presented in a manner that optimized my learning.

The faculty in the program guided and encouraged me to stretch throughout the program. I have been treated with respect and professionalism by each of my instructors and was eager to graduate so that they were no longer my “professor”, rather “colleagues and friends”. I know this is a direct reflection on the leadership and the talented faculty that USF have invited to be the foundation of the program. – Sandra Gregg, Executive Leadership Class of 2015


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Each plan of study for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, (Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) is included in the accreditation of the DNP program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-3627