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Do you want to pursue a more responsible, rewarding position in health care? Consider earning your Executive Leader Graduate Certificate online at Kaplan University.
The Executive Leader Graduate Certificate is 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.
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).†
This program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge to pursue career advancement in the field of nursing administration.*
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 Kaplan University.
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Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
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May 17, 2017
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Jun 07, 2017
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Aug 02, 2017
This course exposes students to organizational
theory and behavior and competencies essential for successful
leadership and management roles in a global health care delivery
system. There is emphasis on self-analysis and strategies for
best practice to effectively implement key leadership and
management concepts in dynamic health care
Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing
Total Program Credits: 30
This course examines macro- and microeconomics
in profit and nonprofit health care organizations for
nonfinancial managers. An analysis of decision making and
strategic planning focuses the nursing leader toward plans that
effectively promote success in dynamic health care environments.
Conceptual and descriptive approaches are utilized to provide an
overview of current practices and notable advances in strategic
management. A budget is created within a case study model,
allowing analysis of potential and actual budget
This course presents a managerial overview of
various aspects of personnel management in a fiscally responsible
environment. Activities are designed to familiarize students with
recruiting, training, and retaining the best employees; ensuring
high performance; and conforming practices to various
regulations. Exercises designed to develop ability in personnel
policy development and implementation are
This course focuses on the strategic application of information technology in health care organizations by administrative and advanced practice nursing leaders. Students will explain the role of executive-level practitioner management in planning and operationalizing technologies to enhance health care technology data efficiency; evaluate the challenges of virtualization management models and the requirements for innovative and effective alternatives in health care reform; and critique the legal and ethical oversight responsibilities of the executive nurse when engaging and managing a comprehensive, systematic electronic medical record project.
This practicum (90 hours) provides you with a mentored learning experience in the content area and site selected by you and approved by the Practicum Coordinator.
Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses
As a culmination of the theories in nursing, evidence-based decision making, health policy, finance, health care delivery systems, practice issues, ethics, health promotion, disease prevention, and biostatistics, you will develop a manuscript eligible for publication in a professional nursing journal. The content of this manuscript will reflect your clinical project paper and its outcomes from your prior nursing courses.
Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses; students may not concurrently register for MN 519, MN 520, MN 534, or MN 599
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of their program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an Admissions Advisor. Not all programs are available for enrollment at the Kaplan University Learning Center.
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Kaplan University tuition reductions (including military servicemember, spouse, and veterans tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined.
Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
* Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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