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Online Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Executive Leader

Through Benedictine University's online Post-Master's Nurse Executive Leader Certificate, you'll gain advanced knowledge to pursue career advancement opportunities in nursing management and executive leadership. Designed to provide the education necessary to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Nurse Executive Advanced Certification exam, you will develop a dynamic skill set that combines communication and conflict resolution, nursing leadership develop and systems thinking, and financial management and resource allocation. The post-master’s certificate program is ideal for master’s or doctoral prepared nurses who seek advanced nurse executive leadership education.

Quick Facts:

  • Complete in just 1.5 semesters
  • 3 courses
  • Affordable at $1,500 per course
  • No practicum component

Nurse administrators earn an average salary of $90,395.1

Graduates can find nurse executive leader positions in a variety of settings, including:

  • Healthcare organizations including out-patient clinics
  • Public health and community-based health organizations
  • Long-term and rehabilitative care settings

Advance Your Career in Nursing Leadership: Curriculum

In the online coursework, the program's vibrant faculty strive to build a caring and interactive academic community that will ensure a meaningful learning experience. We realize that a nurse executive leader certificate is valued by healthcare organizations, which is why our curriculum provides a real-world focus. The curriculum consists of three, 8-week courses that are typically offered during fall, spring and summer terms.

NRHL 6620 Building Effective Communication and Relationships (3 Credits)
This course covers knowledge and skills related to effective communication and relationship-building across various healthcare settings. Students study communication strategies to address nursing and organizational issues and conflicts, as well as advanced communication skills related to diversity in the workplace, generational benefits, recruitment and retention, collaborative decision-making and shared governance. Building trust and credible organizational relationships with key stakeholders is also emphasized.

Prerequisites: NRHL 5501, NRHL 5502, NRHL 5505 and NRHL 5506 or acceptance into the Post Master's Nurse Executive Leader Certificate program.

NRHL 6646 Leadership and Systems Thinking (3 Credits)
This course explores principles of nursing leadership and the skills required for nurse managers and executives to function effectively in complex healthcare environments. The student develops leadership self-awareness in order to effectively lead change, build strong cultures and effective teams, and resolve conflicts.

Prerequisites: NRHL 6620, NRHL 6622 and NRHL 6624 or acceptance into the Post Master's Nurse Executive Leader Certificate program.

NRHL 6648 Financial Management and Resource Allocation (3 Credits)
This course advances student knowledge regarding financial accounting, budgeting, cost analysis, planning and control, and management of financial resources. The role of nurse manager and executive leader as it relates to responsible financial management in healthcare is explored.

Prerequisites: NRHL 6646 or acceptance into the Post Master's Nurse Executive Leader Certificate program.