Nurse Executive Leadership

Nurse Executive Leadership

The Nursing Executive Leadership specialization prepares you with skills in organizational behavior, clinical operations, quality measurement and risk management, fiscal operations and systematic change, and human resource development. You will also learn the latest in technology to ensure you have the skills necessary to manage departments or nursing units within the health care setting.

Becoming an Executive Nurse Professional

When you graduate, you will have the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to engage in an advanced practice role. You will graduate with the ability to:

  • Build leadership alliances for collaborative action and change around health issues
  • Encompass concepts of fiscal and human resources in designing quality care measures
  • Influence the health policy making process through the involvement and leadership of nurses having diverse perspectives
  • Integrate advanced core competencies and clinical expertise to evaluate nursing care delivery systems
  • Lead in a manner that recognizes the cultural and spiritual context of that health community and environment.
  • Integrate principles of evidence-based related practice in the design and implementation of nursing and health care delivery programs
  • Incorporate ethical precepts in leadership and management practices
  • Incorporate administrative and leadership theories in the design, development implementation and evaluation of quality nursing and health care delivery programs

Program Overview

The Nurse Executive Leadership specialization is a two-and-a-half year program if completed within consecutive semesters. The program, however, must be completed within four years if you decide to take time off. Since most of our students are full-time registered nurses, we have created a schedule that is convenient for your busy schedule. Classes are once a week or on weekends, giving you the ability to pursue your MSN degree. Cohorts begin every fall semester and last for seven semesters.

If you already have acquired a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, we offer a 30% tuition discount for the Master of Science in Nursing program.


The course plan for the Nurse Executive specialization is congruent with the criteria for Nursing Administration Education (AACN/AONE). Graduates meeting all other eligibility requirements are eligible to sit for the Nurse Administration and/or Advanced national certification examination.

References: Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership and Management, and Master’s Nursing Education for Nursing Administration Advanced Practice, June 1995; Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators 2nd Edition, ANA 2004; AONE Nurse Executive Competencies 2005.