New Graduate Program

At Loma Linda University School of Nursing we strive to offer programs that will continue raising the standard across healthcare institutions everywhere. We’ve spent the last few years preparing to offer students a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree specializing in Nurse Leadership.

Graduate Student wearing a white coat

Nurse Leadership

The Nursing Leadership program prepares students for important roles ensuring quality performance in high-level patient care, as well as support nurses’ practice, student education, and a culture of research. The nurse leader sets the vision for nursing practice in the delivery of safe, timely, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care. Working within a collaborative and inter-professional environment, the nurse in executive practice is influential in improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of health care.

The curriculum draws from the practice of nursing, management and related fields, and includes administrative, research and clinical components. The program provides for learning in an environment that fosters autonomy, flexibility and creative scholarship.

An intensive practicum provides the opportunity to develop and test skills in real-life settings with an emphasis on critical thinking.

Admission requirements:

The criteria for admission to the DNP program must be met before consideration for the Nurse Leadership concentration. Once the DNP criteria for admission have been met, admission criteria for this concentration must be met and are listed below.

Doctor of Nursing Practice degree general admission criteria

The following criteria are required for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in nursing:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program (or its equivalent).
  2. A 3.00 undergraduate G.P.A. (on a 4.00 scale), both cumulative and in the nursing major.
  3. A standardized interview with two graduate nursing faculty members.
  4. Current California registered nurse license before enrollment in clinical nursing courses.
  5. Nursing experience in the area of the desired major prior to beginning graduate study.
  6. Prerequisites: undergraduate statistics and research.

In addition to the requirements for admission to the DNP program, the requirements for admission into the Nurse Leadership Concentration include:

  1. Minimum 6 months nursing experience in a leadership role is preferred
  2. Each applicant’s clinical experience will be individually evaluated
  3. Interview by faculty members in the School of Nursing