The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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Nursing Exec DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice Health Care Systems Leadership (BSN to DNP)

The BSN to DNP Health Care Systems Leadership program prepares registered nurses (RNs) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for various roles in health care leadership and as Clinical Nurse Leaders.


The next cohort begins in Fall 2014.
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Graduates of the program are equipped to design models of health care delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of diverse populations, and use technology and information to transform the field.

The program also integrates coursework in nursing, business, informatics, and health care administration, providing students with the advanced analytical and communication skills necessary to become successful leaders in health care. The curriculum is rigorous and gives students the opportunity to gain exposure to diverse perspectives, to be immersed in theory and research, and to obtain a critical understanding of professional practice issues.

Hospital administrator in the hallway 150The program comprises 69 units over the course of approximately four years of study. It’s part-time and flexible with classes held during one evening a week during the first two years then teaching weekends plus practicum hours. During the first two years of the program, students complete coursework in the Master of Science in Nursing/Clinical Nurse Leader curriculum. The remainder is dedicated to the doctoral degree. It is offered at the USF main campus only.

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Faculty Project Descriptions

For more information about the program, please contact Tamara White in the School of Nursing and Health Professions (San Francisco main campus) at (415) 422-3627 or twhite3@usfca.edu.

Accreditation

Graduates meet the outcome competencies and practice standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. In the program, students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, complete the DNP qualifying examination, and complete an evidence-based practice project (which replaces the dissertation). The program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.