USD Launches Certificate Program for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

Nurses and health care professionals who want to start or expand a business can take advantage of a new certificate program for entrepreneurs at the University of San Diego.

The program, a joint effort between the University of San Diego School of Business and Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, will teach nurses and health care professionals how to create a business plan and other key entrepreneurial skills. Participants also will have the opportunity to make a “Shark Tank”-style presentation to a group of investment professionals at the end of the course.

“We know there are many talented nurses and health care professionals who have new and innovative ideas for products and services to improve our health care system and this program will give them the tools they need to make their dream a reality,” said Sally Brosz Hardin, Dean of the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing.

The program includes eight seminar-style workshops offered every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon beginning Oct. 8, 2016 through Feb. 4, 2017. Taught by experts from the University of San Diego, workshops will cover marketing, financing, negotiation, leadership, and other skills. Participants will learn how to understand market demographics, use social media, and create a financing and operational plan.

“What sets our program apart is the opportunity leave with a comprehensive plan that has been vetted by real-world investors and venture capitalists,” said Jaime Alonso Gómez, Dean of the School of Business.

The cost of the program is $2,500. For more information and registration go to or call (619) 260-4548.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.