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

Doctor of Nursing Practice Healthcare Systems Leadership (BSN to DNP)

The BSN to DNP Healthcare 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.

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Executive Leadership DNP Information

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.

Nursing graduate student in class 150The program comprises 69 credits 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.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Each track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, (Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Systems Leadership, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) is included in the accreditation of the DNP 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 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.

More Information

Please contact Tamara White, Graduate Enrollment Manager, in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at (415) 422-3627 or