Master of Science in Nursing Program

Executive Nurse Leader

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The curriculum for the ENL Program is based on the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Nurse Executive Competencies with the intent of providing innovative and visionary nurse leaders to shape the future of health care delivery and services. The courses address the following competencies: professionalism, communication and relationship management, business skills and principles, and knowledge of the health care environment. Leadership is a thread throughout all courses in the program. Upon completion of the program and based on previous work experience eligibility criteria, graduates are able to seek certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Nursing Executive practice, Advanced Nursing Executive practice; and from the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) in Executive Nursing Practice, or Nurse Manager and Leader.

Total Units: 33

If you have any questions about the ENL program, please contact Cathleen Mumper, Director of Student Services, at (619) 260-4548 or

Ricky Padilla, MSN, RN, CCRN

"The Master of Science in Nursing, Executive Nurse Leader (ENL) program has set a trajectory for me both professionally and academically.  The ENL emphasis specifically offers a wide array of knowledge which can pertain to entry level nurse managers and even nurses in senior administrative positions.  My entire experience at USD has been phenomenal and I have formed life-long relationships with staff, faculty, and students."
-Ricky Padilla, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN