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Purdue University Global | Executive Leader Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Purdue University Global's Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses who are looking to advance in their field to be a manager or leader in a medical setting. Read more about the Purdue University Global Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate in Nursing.

Official Program Name:

Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate in Nursing

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Graduate Certificate

Program Requirements:

Those interested in this program need to be practicing registered nurses (RN's). Prospective students should also be looking to advance their career and take on more leadership position. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Prepare to take on administrative, managerial, and leadership roles in a broad range of health care settings. Complete most of the program's six courses online, on your schedule.

• Program Highlights: Study leadership, organizational theory, finance, strategic planning, budgeting, human resources management, information technology, and administration specific to health care systems.

• Certifications: Prepare for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Nurse Executive or Nurse Executive, Advanced certification exams or the American Organization for Nursing Leadership's Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) exam.*

• Clinicals: Complete a clinical practice experience to gain real-world experience applying what you learn.†

• Choose How You Learn: The ExcelTrack™ option offers a faster and more affordable way to earn your certificate.‡

Program is not available in all states. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

*Eligibility depends on the level of leadership within your organization. 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.

Some Purdue University Global programs are not 100% online; some programs require you to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment. Contact an Admissions Advisor for additional information.

ExcelTrack™ is designed to advance your progress based on existing knowledge; however, degree pace and time and cost savings will vary by individual. Students must enroll in a minimum number of credits per term to remain eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Financial Information section of the University Catalog for additional information.

Learning Format:


Program Length/ Total Credits Required:

30 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for an Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate in Nursing:

This program involves six courses covering topics that can build managerial and leadership skills for Registered Nurses. Coursework will involve personnel management topics as well as organizational behavior. The program culminates with an evidence-based project. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Certificate Requirements (30 credits)

  • Leadership, Organizational Theory, and Behavior
  • Health Care Finance, Strategic Planning, and Budgeting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Innovation in Health Care Information Technology - Administrative and Advanced Practice Priorities
  • Executive Leader Practicum
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students completing Purdue University Global's Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate in Nursing could choose to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This more advanced degree could help further build knowledge and skills and potentially be more competitive in the job market.

Professional degree options for graduates could include but are not limited to:

  • Master's of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Career Paths:

Purdue University Global's Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate in Nursing program focuses on giving Registered Nurses the skills they need to help move them up in their careers. Within the program, students will learn leadership and managerial techniques to help prepare them for work in many different healthcare settings and roles.

Graduates of the Purdue University Global Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate in Nursing program could pursue positions that include:

  • Nurse Executive
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Educator
  • RN Case Manager

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