Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

Do you want to pursue a more rewarding position in health care that includes a greater amount of responsibility? If you’re wondering how to become a nurse administrator, consider earning your Executive Leader Graduate Certificate online at Kaplan University.

The Executive Leader Graduate Certificate is a nursing leadership certificate 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.

Prepare for Nurse Executive Certification

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).

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

This program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge to pursue career advancement in the field of nursing administration.*

Prepare for Future Studies

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.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Concentration Requirements

    Total Concentration Requirements Credits: 30

    Total Program Credits: 30

    • MN 512: LEADERSHIP, ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY, AND BEHAVIOR Change

      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 environments.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      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

    • MN 513: HEALTH CARE FINANCE, STRATEGIC PLANNING, AND BUDGETING Change

      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 variations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      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

    • MN 514: HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT Change

      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 offered.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      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

    • MN 515: INNOVATION IN HEALTH CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY—ADMINISTRATIVE AND ADVANCED PRACTICE PRIORITIES Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      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

    • MN 520: EXECUTIVE LEADER PRACTICUM Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      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

    • MN 600: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE PROJECT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      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

Curriculum: Concentration

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*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 be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Kaplan University program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible 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.