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Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

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Do you want to pursue a more rewarding position in health care that includes a greater amount of responsibility? If you’re wondering how to become a nurse administrator, consider earning your Executive Leader Graduate Certificate online at Purdue Global.

The Executive Leader Graduate Certificate is a nursing leadership certificate designed to help professional nurses like you pursue managerial positions and leadership roles in hospitals, community health, long-term care facilities, and other health care systems.*

The Executive Leader Graduate Certificate program consists of 30 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be awarded a certificate.

At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the Executive Leader Graduate Certificate program: Missouri, Tennessee, and Washington.


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Prepare for Nurse Executive Certification.

Earning this graduate certificate could help prepare you to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Nursing Executive or Nursing Executive, Advanced Certification examinations (depending on your level of leadership with your organization).

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

This program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge to pursue career advancement in the field of nursing administration.*

Prepare for Future Studies

Credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward future graduate studies. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Purdue Global.

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How Do I Get Started?

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


Start Date

December 05, 2018

Start Date

February 27, 2019

Start Date

May 15, 2019

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July 31, 2019

Start Date

October 16, 2019

What Courses Will I Take?

This certificate program allows you to build on your master's degree in nursing by completing six courses focused on nursing administration, including practicum and capstone courses. Courses include:

  • 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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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits30
  • Total Credits30

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Helpful Information

Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

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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.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.