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 option are delivered via a hybrid Teaching Weekend intensive format hosted at the Galleria Park Hotel in Downtown San Francisco. All classes and meetings/events (unless directed otherwise) are held onsite at the hotel.
  • Students attend classes in-person only two (2) times each semester, Thursday–Saturday (Thursday lunch/afternoon class, Friday all day, and Saturday mornings). In-class time is supplemented with online coursework through the University's learning management system, Canvas.

Teaching Intensives

  • Two (2) "Teaching Weekends" each semester, held at the hotel where cohort members stay while in the city
  • These sessions provide time for you to work together intensively and receive feedback from faculty and peer executives from around the country


Morning arrival Breakfast and morning class Morning class
Lunch and first class Lunch Free afternoon for group work/travel
Early evening reception Afternoon class  

2020 Schedule


  • Orientation: January 24, 2020
  • February 20-22, 2020
  • April 16-18, 2020


  • June 11-13, 2020
  • July 16-18, 2020


  • September 17-19, 2020
  • November 5-7, 2020
  • *December 9-11, 2020

Estimated Cost

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the university tuition and fees schedule.

  • 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