Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice

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 program's curriculum is practice-based, emphasizing entrepreneurship, financial management, labor relations, risk management, information technology and health care policy. Over the course of two (2) years, students learn to apply research to clinical nursing practice and ethical decision-making at the highest administrative levels. The 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 (ANA), and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Health Leadership Competency Model.

...the program is designed for working professionals with an in person schedule that is realistic and coursework that is challenging, relevant to my job, and meaningful.

Pidge G. Gooch, MSN RN CENP, Current Student


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Students who graduate from the program are also eligible to receive the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.

Each DNP degree concentration (Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Population Health Leadership, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) is included in the accreditation of the DNP degree program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Graduates meet the outcome competencies and practice standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for the DNP. In the program, students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, complete the DNP qualifying examination, and complete an evidence-based practice project.

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