Online Executive Leader Postgraduate Certificate for Nurses

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Program at a Glance
  • Pursue administrative or managerial positions and leadership roles in a range of health care settings.
  • Gain valuable real-world experience by completing a clinical experience and capstone course.
  • Prepare for the certification examinations.
  • Start when it's convenient for you and complete most of your coursework online.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Nursing Executive Leader Postgraduate Certificate Overview

Are you a registered nurse interested in pursuing a more rewarding position focused on leadership in nursing? Consider earning your Executive Leader Postgraduate Certificate online at Purdue Global.

This postgraduate certificate program in nursing focuses on the principles of personnel management, policy development and implementation, budgeting, and the use of information technology in advanced nursing roles.

Study topics such as

  • Leadership, organizational theory, and behaviors
  • Finance and strategic planning in health care
  • Human resources management
  • Innovation in health care IT

As part of the nursing executive leadership postgraduate certificate program, you will complete a clinical experience and work with a preceptor who is an experienced nurse administrator in a contemporary health care setting.

Prepare for Future Studies

Interested in earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)? Clinical hours completed in the postgraduate certificate program can apply toward the requirements of a Purdue Global DNP. Learn more about the DNP.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: At this time, residents of Tennessee and Puerto Rico may not enroll in this program.

Prepare for Nurse Executive Certification

Earning this postgraduate certificate can help you prepare to take the following certification exams*:

  • ANCC's Nursing Executive
  • ANCC's Nursing Executive, Advanced
  • AONL's Certified in Executive Nursing Practice

Eligibility is dependent on your level of leadership with your organization.

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Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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Nursing Leadership Career Opportunities

This nursing executive leadership certificate program is designed to help professional nurses like you pursue managerial positions and leadership roles in settings such as hospitals, community health clinics, long-term care facilities, and other health care systems.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Learning
  2. Active Listening
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Social Perceptiveness
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

Build on your master's degree in nursing by completing six courses focused on nursing administration, including clinical and capstone courses.

Sample Courses
  • Leadership, Organizational Theory, and Behavior
  • Health Care Finance, Strategic Planning, and Budgeting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Innovation in Health Care Information Technology
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits30
  • Total Credits30

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

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*Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs.