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2022–2023 University Catalog/Handbook (Fall) NOT CURRENT 
2022–2023 University Catalog/Handbook (Fall) NOT CURRENT [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nurse Executive Certificate

Post-Graduate (PG) Nursing Certificates

The purpose of the PG Nursing Certificate programs is the following:

  • Provide an educational route to specialization in an area other than that obtained in the master’s program.
  • Strengthen or broaden the clinical, teaching, or leadership capabilities of masters prepared nurses who are planning a role expansion or role change.

The PG Nursing Certificate allows the learner to receive credit for prior graduate work while taking coursework that advances career opportunities.

Because of the efficient design, both MSN and DNP degree-holding students can take advantage of the PG Nursing Certificate option by adding it to their degree program or by taking the block of specialty courses alone.

The PG Nursing Certificate student is eligible for the same certification exams offered in each specialty and may have the same employment opportunities. Please note, the PG Nursing Certificate (Nurse Executive) program is not designed or intended to lead to professional licensure in any state.

Nurse Executive (NEx) Post-Graduate Certificate

The Nurse Executive role specialization will help prepare the graduate for a role as a manager, director, supervisor, or chief nursing officer. Nurse Executives will be responsible for human resource management, as well as healthcare finance and economic operations.

Graduates who complete the Nurse Executive role specialization are eligible to apply and take the examination for the following national certifications:

  • Nurse Executive-Advanced (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Admissions Requirements

See Admissions, Records, and Registration  for prerequisites and application information. 

Role Specialty Learning Outcomes for Nurse Executive 

  • Develop healthy workplace communities through effective communication, collaborative relationships, trust, conflict resolution, consensus building, and creation of a shared vision.
  • Utilize systems thinking and knowledge of delivery models and healthcare economics, policy, and governance to facilitate organizational compliance, performance, and growth.
  • Demonstrate leadership through modeling and emphasis on data-driven decision-making, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and patient safety.
  • Lead planned change necessary for the achievement of institutional and department goals.
  • Design strategies for the continuing development of staff for personal growth as well as improvement of patient and organizational outcomes.
  • Implement the role of a nurse leader, nurse manager, or nurse executive in a professional, respectful, and ethical manner.

Standard Occupational Classification codes for which program is intended to prepare graduates: Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary (25-1072); Registered Nurses (29-1141); Medical and Health Services Managers (11-9111)