Program Description

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.

Program Website

Program Length

3 years and 9 months full-time, 5 years part-time

Possible Careers

Middle and Upper Management positions in nursing and healthcare settings, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Management Director in various settings, Various Nursing Leadership positions

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2023 Sep 1, 2022 Apr 1, 2023
Winter of 2024 Jul 1, 2022 Aug 1, 2023

Admissions 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 on the website.


  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • GPA of 3.0, both cumulative and in nursing courses
  • Current United States RN license before application*
  • One year of RN experience in the area of desired clinical concentration is strongly advised for application competitiveness
  • Application with personal statement
  • Three electronic recommendations (recommenders will receive an email once application is submitted) – preferred: spiritual advisor, professor, current work supervisor
  • Official transcripts for all college credits
  • Interview by faculty members in the School of Nursing

*California RN license required before start of classes

State Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The California Board of Registered Nursing granted continuing approval in 2010 to the School of Nursing.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $31,110 $33,855 $33,855
Fees $2,925 $2,925 $2,925
Books & Supplies $1,500 $900 $200
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $100
Total $35,635 $37,680 $36,980


Tuition/Fees is an estimation based on 3 quarters with an average of 10 units (2 classes) per quarter. Living Expenses is calculated for financial aid purposes and is based on 3 quarters (9 months). Actual amounts may vary.

70-75% of LLU Nursing students receive financial aid.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 9 9 9
Room & Board $15,885 $15,885 $15,885
Transportation $3,150 $3,150 $3,150
Personal Expenses $2,250 $2,250 $2,250


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.