Online Executive Nurse Leadership and Health Care Management Post-Master’s Certificate

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Transform health care through strategy, advocacy and efficiency.

Gain the skills to lead innovative health care systems by collaborating with other health care professionals, analyzing data to make data-driven decisions and promoting complex care services to people across the lifespan.

Choose Duquesne University’s Executive Nurse Leadership and Health Care Management Post-Master’s Certificate and build the skills necessary to adopt a holistic approach to identifying problems, formulating solutions and adapting to change in the health care environment.

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Learn from nurse faculty
who are leaders in advanced
practice nursing

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Collaborate with 12-15 students in your cohort

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Receive personalized support from a team of advisors – enrollment through graduation 

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Benefit from available
tuition discounts

Why earn an executive nurse leader certificate?

  • You have a desire to lead, support and guide nurses and other health care professionals to provide the best possible care.
  • You want to shape health care systems through innovative policies, strategic business practices and ethical management — ensuring nurses have a voice at the executive level.
  • You want to gain more expertise in how health care information is managed, analyzed and used to make decisions that affect the larger health care system.
  • You have a strong interest in developing your interpersonal relationships and building skills to collaborate with other health care professionals.

The smart choice: an online nurse leadership certificate program.

  • Complete coursework online. There are no campus visits required.
  • Learn from faculty mentors. You’ll have the name, number and email of a campus‑based faculty member to help guide your study.
  • Leverage a flexible learning environment. Work when and where it is most convenient for you.
  • Study at a respected school. Ranked #45 Best Online Graduate Nursing Program by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.

Where can you work as an executive nurse leader?

  • Health care organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Home health agencies
  • Academic institutions
  • Community health agencies
  • Consulting firms

What’s the career outlook for executive nurse leaders?

  • Careers in health care management are expected to grow 18% between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • According to an American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) 2019 salary report, over 90% of respondents earned a salary of $90,000 or more a year.
  • The same survey reported that 82% of respondents were either very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their job.

Why choose Duquesne for your ENL certificate?

As a student pursuing your post-master’s certificate in executive nurse leadership from Duquesne, you will gain an understanding of ways to ethically and strategically address health care concerns while implementing new strategies using a case-study approach.

Throughout your post-master’s certificate curriculum, you will strengthen your understanding of new technologies responsible for improving health care efficiency, and you will be exposed to the business side of the industry, allowing you to bridge the gap between nursing and effective management.

Online Executive Nurse Leadership and Health Care Management Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum

18 Credit Hours | 6 Courses

Duquesne University’s online Post-Master’s Certificate in Executive Nurse Leadership and Health Care Management offers students a blended curriculum of business and nursing courses. Graduates of this certificate program will be able to bring a nursing perspective to executive settings in health care organizations, hospitals and other agencies, with an understanding of business strategy development and implementation to ensure their organization runs efficiently without compromising patient care.

Executive Nurse Leadership and Health Care Management Post-Master's Certificate

GPNG 928Social Justice and Vulnerable Populations3 Credits
GPNS 956Nursing Informatics and Data Management3 Credits
MGMT 619Budgeting and Finance for Managers3 Credits
MGMT 620Business Strategy3 Credits
MGMT 601The Entrepreneurial Manager3 Credits
MGMT 609 Human Resource Management3 Credits

Online Executive Nurse Leadership Certificate Admissions

Admission Prerequisites

  • Hold a current, unencumbered RN license.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (nursing or non-nursing) from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher. BSN preferred.
  • Hold an MSN (required) from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Must have completed an undergraduate statistics course with a “C” or higher or a graduate statistics course with a “B” or higher.

Note: Prefer strong leadership experience.


  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Professional goal statement
  • Two professional references (one academic and one professional in a supervisory role)
  • Official transcript(s)
  • An interview may be required