Chief Nursing Officer Program

Elevate your impact as a nursing leader

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Course Dates


December 14, 2022

Course Duration


9 Months
Online and In-Person

Course Fee


US$18,500 US$16,500 US$200 application fee

Course Information Flexible payment available

Tuition Fee Benefit


The program fee is US$18,500. The amount payable after considering the tuition fee benefit is US$16,500.
This is only available to participants who apply by October 11, 2022.

Program Overview

The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Program from the Leadership Development Institute at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business leverages the unique blend of a leading business school and unparalleled expertise within the healthcare sector. The nine-month immersive learning journey is focused on providing the mindset, skills and frameworks required for you to succeed as a chief nursing officer or chief nursing executive, from strategy and change management to driving organizational effectiveness and leading teams effectively.

Customized Design for Your Success

The Chief Nursing Officer Program is designed with the needs of busy executives in mind. You will learn through online and interactive faculty sessions and guest lectures from global healthcare executives. The flexible nature of the program allows you to customize your learning journey for maximum impact.


The self-paced modules provide the flexibility to accommodate learning around your busy work schedule with a weekly commitment of three to five hours.


A community learning experience facilitates interactive discussions with peers, faculty and industry speakers - allowing you to implement program learnings in real-world scenarios.


The multimodular learning journey experience enables you to learn and grow as an executive developing business strategies to improve your personal and organizational goals.

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"Healthcare organizations are looking to nursing executives to provide strategic leadership in the C-suite that drives sustainable growth while meeting the highest standards for patient care. The Chief Nursing Officer Program has been designed by thought leaders at the intersection of business and healthcare to offer practical skills and frameworks to address today's problems and innovate for the future."
Maritza Salazar Campo, PhD
Faculty Director, Chief Nursing Officer Program; Assistant Professor of Organization & Management, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine; Director of Team Science, Institute for Clinical and Translational Medicine, UCI School of Medicine

What you will learn in this program

The program will help you:

  • Lead and inspire nursing colleagues around a shared vision that reflects the unique needs of patient care delivery and how to address them
  • Develop financial business acumen, understand payer landscapes, business models and the competitive healthcare environment and maximize the chief nursing officer's influence on the healthcare system's financial well-being
  • Cultivate and leverage external relationships at the local and national level on healthcare policy, value-based care and trends in healthcare delivery
  • Provide strategic and executive leadership for the healthcare system that addresses current and anticipated organizational, population and patient needs
  • Innovate and improve healthcare delivery models to promote equity, access and quality in healthcare services
  • Gain technical knowledge of clinical data and analytics to drive better strategic growth decisions
  • Empower the clinical staff with confidence, resilience and psychological safety to promote more effective decision making and patient care
  • Develop strategies for building and leading high performance teams, overcoming obstacles to effective teamwork and enabling them to impact patient and healthcare outcomes

Key Program Features

Core Curriculum

Kick-start your program journey with 18 weeks of in-depth core sessions exploring healthcare leadership, strategy execution, team management, finance and operations.

Self-Paced Learning

Access recorded sessions that provide the flexibility to learn at your own pace and at your own convenience.

Expert Faculty

Learn from leading experts who are thought leaders and experienced practitioners with in-depth experience.

Professional Development Workbook

Curate program insights to develop a Professional Development Workbook that will serve as a toolkit.

Flexible Learning Journey

Customize the learning journey with a choice of two electives to gain relevant skill sets specific to career goals.

Success Coach

Craft your learning journey through regular check-in sessions with a dedicated success coach.

Conference and Networking Event

Connect with high-achieving peers from around the globe and build a lifelong network of leaders.


The program’s curriculum is structured around three overarching areas of nursing leadership that are crucial for success at the executive level. You will learn the skills needed to define strategic priorities that address current and anticipated organizational, population and patient needs. Through engaging core modules, you will enhance your strategic and leadership skills, develop business acumen and explore best practices in financial planning and team management.
  • Strategy and Change Management

    • Leading in Times of Transition
    • Creating an Innovation Culture
    • The Impact of External Forces on Healthcare
    • The Impact of Internal Forces on Healthcare
    • Leading Across the Organization: Managing Interdisciplinary Relationships
    • Leading Across the Organization: The 5S Framework

    Driving Organizational Effectiveness

    • Creating a Winning Strategy
    • Managing the Execution of Strategy
    • Healthcare Executives as Change Agents
    • Managing Shifting Priorities in Healthcare
    • Effective Change Management and Implementation

    Workforce Planning and Organizational Management

    • Budget Management and Healthcare System Financial Planning
    • Empowering Your Leadership Team
    • Engaging, Retaining and Developing Talent
    • Leading and Promoting Thriving Cultures

    • Agile and Sustainable Healthcare Management
    • Accelerating Your Personal Brand for Healthcare Leaders
    • Reimagining the Patient Care Experience
    • Economics of Healthcare: Financing the Future

    The online program includes an optional two-day conference and networking event on the UCI campus in Irvine, California.

Professional Development Workbook

As a key part of the program, you will work on a Professional Development Workbook, which will allow you to curate your insights through prescribed activities and apply it as a tool kit in your role as a nursing leader.

Meet the Faculty

The program is designed and taught by thought leaders who have a deep understanding of the business of healthcare and the challenges faced by nursing executives. They bring to the curriculum cutting-edge scholarship, extensive experience in the healthcare industry and insights into the skill set and frameworks needed to be successful as a chief nursing officer.

Faculty Member Maritza Salazar Campo, PhD

Maritza Salazar Campo, PhD

Faculty Director, Chief Nursing Officer Program; Assistant Professor of Organization & Management, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine; Director of Team Science, Institute for Clinical and Translational Medicine, UCI School of Medicine

Ian O. Williamson, PhD

Dean of The UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Faculty Member Richard Afable, MD and MPH

Richard Afable, MD and MPH

President and Board Chair, MindOC/BeWellOC; President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph Hoag Health (Retired); Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Catholic Health East (Retired)

Faculty Member Pat Patton

Pat Patton, DNP, MSN, RN

System Chief Nurse Executive, UCSF Health; Former Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, UCI Health

John Joseph, PhD

Associate Professor of Strategy at The UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Faculty Member Alpesh N. Amin

Alpesh N. Amin

Professor, Medicine UCI School of Medicine; Chair, Department of Medicine; Executive Director, Hospitalist Program UCI School of Medicine

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Romilla A. Batra, MD and MBA

Chief Medical Officer, SCAN Health Plan; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Faculty Member Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones

Senior EVP of Operations (Retired), CommonSpirit Health

Faculty Member Sasha Strauss

Sasha Strauss

Founder, CEO Innovation Protocol


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Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate by the Leadership Development Institute at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. The certificate will be a recognition of your achievement in the Chief Nursing Officer Program. Participants will also be granted status as UCI Paul Merage School of Business alumni.

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Who Is It For?

The Chief Nursing Officer Program is ideal for:

  • Current nursing executives who are looking to expand their business skills
  • Aspiring nurse executives who are preparing for C-suite challenges
  • Senior nursing leaders who want to upskill into their next role and extend their impact

Participants are expected to have:

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in nursing and management roles combined
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Application Details

program fee

US$18,500 US$16,500

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$200
program fee

US$18,500 US$17,500

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$300
program fee


The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$300

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