Online Executive Leader Postgraduate Certificate for Nurses

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Total Courses
Cost per Credit
11 months
Average Completion*
15–18 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Nurse Executive Leader Certificate Overview

Are you an RN interested in pursuing a more rewarding leadership position? It’s time to earn an executive leader certificate and move your career forward. You’re worth it.

  • Pursue administrative or managerial positions and leadership roles in a range of health care settings.
  • Complete your coursework online and start whenever it's convenient for you.
  • Gain valuable real-world experience by completing clinicals locally or even at your place of work.
  • Prepare for nurse executive certification examinations.
  • Study topics such as:
    • Leadership and organizational theory and behaviors
    • Finance, budgeting, and strategic planning in health care
    • Human resources and personnel management
    • Innovation and health care information technology
    • Policy development and implementation
View Program Detail Plan and Policies

Note: At this time, residents of Tennessee may not enroll in this program. In addition, international students are not eligible to enroll in this program.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Get a Head Start on Your DNP

Interested in earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)? You can use the clinical hours from your certificate toward the requirements of our DNP. Learn more about the DNP.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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Admissions Requirements

A master's degree with an upper-level major in nursing and an approved criminal background check is required. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your master's degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Additional requirements apply. Refer to the program-specific policy page in the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

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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Program Requirements

Core Credits
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

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

Pursue Valuable Industry Certifications

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. See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Graduate tuition savings for military include a 17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and, 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

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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.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

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Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Certification Exams: 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.

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