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Executive Nurse Leader

University of San Diego

12 months
1580 USD/credit 52140 USD/year
1580 USD/credit 52140 USD/year
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The fast-changing world of health care needs strong nurse leaders. It takes a unique combination of clinical expertise, visionary leadership and management skills. The Executive Nurse Leader program at University of San Diego prepares nurse leaders to guide and oversee the successful delivery of health care services, now and into the future.


Preparing you for a lifetime of leadership.

Our curriculum is based on the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Nurse Leader competencies. As a student in the Executive Nurse Leader program at University of San Diego, you’ll gain skills in everything from communication and quality management to partnership building and strategic planning. Our faculty of nurse scientists and advanced clinicians teach you how to design and implement policy, and how to apply information technology to nursing education.

Although executive nurse leaders engage in project management more than hands-on patient care, there is no substitute for the personal connection in nursing—starting right in the classroom. Our faculty of nurse scientists and advanced clinicians understand the power of compassion, and we go above and beyond in the way we work with you, and show up for you. Via our nursing consortium and extensive network of alumni, we partner you with opportunities not only at graduation, but throughout your career. For information on career opportunities for Nurse Leaders, read our Guide to Becoming an Executive Nurse Leader.

Program Outcomes

  • Communication and relationship management: Works within a collaborative and inter-professional environment to influence and improve patient experience of care, the health of populations, and reduce the per capita cost of healthcare.
  • Knowledge of health care environment: Apply high reliability concepts to improve organizational performance.
  • Influence Policy: Examine the effect of health policy on legal and regulatory processes of nursing practice, healthcare delivery, and outcomes.
  • Leadership: Use knowledge of classic and contemporary systems thinking in problem solving and decision making for a healthcare organization.
  • Professionalism: Identify a vision of nursing practice to promote the delivery of safe, timely, efficient, and patient centered healthcare.
  • Business Skills: Recognize the need for financial, resource, strategic, and information management as underpinning of a viable and sustainable healthcare organization.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research
  • Management of Health Care System Quality Outcomes and Patient Safety
  • Resource Management in Health Systems
  • Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy and Systems
  • Health Care Leadership, Values and Social Justice
  • Health Care Information Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are required to upload unofficial transcripts with the application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A resume describing the nature, scope and areas of responsibility of all your work experience is required
  • Applicants must submit proof of an active, unencumbered California RN license. International applicants must have an active, unencumbered California state registered nurse (RN) license at the time of application; domestic applicants with an out-of-state RN license must have an unencumbered, active California state registered nurse (RN) license upon enrollment
  • Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application
  • Foreign credentials/transcripts submitted with an application for graduate study are required to be evaluated by World Education Services
  • If you're from a non-English-speaking country, the TOEFL or the IELTS is required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1580 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    52140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1580 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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