2019-2020 Catalog 
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2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Executive Leadership, DNP

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The Executive Leadership DNP curriculum focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship, financial management, labor relations, risk management, evidence-based practice, information technology, and health care policy.

The Executive Leader DNP program is designed for master’s-prepared nurse executives at the division level or above with supervisory oversight of a group of essential services or functions. It comprises didactic and practica courses over two (2) years of study, or six (6) semesters (fall, spring, and summer). Two (2) in-person intensives are required each semester (Thursday-Saturday). A total of 42-59 credits are needed to confer the DNP degree for the EL DNP option. Clinical practice, combined with both classroom and computer-assisted coursework, allows current nurse executives to maintain their professional life while obtaining the EL DNP. It is offered at a boutique hotel in downtown San Francisco only.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at the University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The EL DNP program is included in the accreditation of the DNP degree program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. The EL DNP curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials for the Doctor of Nursing Practice, in addition to 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.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Combine knowledge in nursing, ethics, and the medical sciences to develop and evaluate practices and models of patient care delivery.
  • Develop and evaluate effective strategies for managing ethical dilemmas present across the health care, technology, and research fields.
  • Use analytic methods to design, implement, and evaluate best-practice models for patient care and care delivery.
  • Effectively develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to advance the field and systems of health care delivery.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and international health policy.
  • Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in health care.
  • Advance the effective use of health care information systems to ensure high-quality outcomes.
  • Effectively lead quality improvement and patient safety initiatives.
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with health care teams in developing and implementing organizational and practice models, health policy, and standards of care.
  • Analyze and synthesize various data related to patient health information.
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of health in complex situations, incorporating diverse approaches to design, implement, and evaluate interventions.
  • Analyze the relationship among practical, organizational, population, fiscal, and policy issues to educate individuals and colleagues effectively.
  • Develop relationships and partnerships with patients and other professionals to facilitate optimal patient care outcomes.
  • Advance the mission and core values of the University of San Francisco.

Major Requirements (41 units min.)

Complete a minimum of 41 units of Executive Leadership courses (600:7999). See adviser for course selection.

Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (ELDNP) Sample Curriculum | 41-59 Units

Semester 1 | 8-11 Units

Semester 2 | 8-11 Units

Semester 3 | 7-10 Units

Semester 4 | 8-11 Units

Semester 5 | 7-10 Units

Semester 6 | 3-6 Units



DNP chairperson visits student workplace in fall year 1 and year 2.

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