Program Overview

The Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (ELDNP) options maximize professional performance without putting your career on hold with a hybrid Teaching Weekend model. Upon completion of the program, you will have completed the required coursework and clinical hours to meet the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Watch an informational webinar that covers an overview of the program, unique features, admission requirements and more.

Course Delivery

  • Courses for the EL- DNP are delivered via a hybrid teaching-intensive format hosted at USF's Downtown Campus (101 Howard Street). In-class time is supplemented with online coursework through the University's learning management system, Canvas.
  • Teaching-Intensives:
    • Students attend classes in-person two times each semester, Thursday–Friday.
    • These sessions provide time for students to work together intensively and with faculty and peer executives from around the country.
    • The Grand Hyatt Hotel is reserved for students. Students arrive in San Francisco the Wednesday prior to the teaching-intensive and check out Friday evening. Students coming from over 200 miles, can stay Friday night at the hotel.

Sample Schedule for Teaching Intensives

DAY 1: Thursday DAY 2: Friday
Breakfast and morning class Breakfast and morning class
Lunch  Lunch
Afternoon class Afternoon class

2021 Summer and Fall Schedule

  • June 10-11: (cohorts 11 and 12)
  • July 15-16: (cohorts 11 and 12)
  • September 9-10: (cohort 12)
  • November 4-5: (cohort 12)
  • December 15-17: (cohort 11)

Estimated Cost


Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found by visiting Tuition and Fees for Graduate Programs.

  • The amount listed on the tuition and fees schedule is inclusive of tuition and fees, supplemental learning materials, hotel accommodations, most meals, and transportation between hotel and university during teaching intensives.
  • You are responsible for travel to San Francisco and transportation to and from the hotel and airport.

Course Details

You can complete the Executive Leadership option in two (2) years, or six (6) semesters, depending on how many are taken per semester. There are a total of 42–59 credits major option to confer the DNP Degree.

Each student receives an individualized Plan of Study upon entry into the program. Your transcripts from previous institutions as well as practice hours will be reviewed as part of the plan development process.

Informational Webinar


State Authorization

Please check our State Authorization Status List for the states and territories from which we can enroll students in specific online degree programs.

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-4124