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An Opportunity to Make a Difference

With upper-level management positions serving as the driving force in improving the future of healthcare, this Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing program can help you lead and shape the industry. For nurses with a master’s degree, earning a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing adds greater depth and value to your portfolio and increases your level of professional respect and recognition.

Make a difference by developing in-demand skills in the areas of leadership and management. By completing this program, you can bring a much sought-after skill set to your organization. Gain knowledge of workforce development, resource alignment, and technology integration in order to maintain and improve patient care.

Help shape the healthcare industry and lead it into the 21st century and beyond. Among all the leadership roles in healthcare, a nurse manager has the most direct impact on the care and service that patients and families receive throughout their healthcare experience. In Walden’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Nurse Executive program, you can leverage your knowledge and experience to gain the advanced competencies needed to move into a leadership position.

Prepare to help ensure the delivery of safe, effective healthcare through coursework designed to hone skills in coaching, motivating, and leading a professional team while developing administrative expertise and decision-making skills in the areas of quality assurance and effective oversight of organizational resources. Optional fieldwork experience also provides an opportunity to apply your learning in a real-world environment.

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) believes that nurse managers at all levels must be competent in the following five attributes:

  • Communication and relationship-building, including influencing behaviors and supporting diversity.
  • Superior knowledge of the complex and ever-changing healthcare environment, including clinical practice, delivery models, healthcare economics, policy, governance, evidence-based practice, safety, risk management, and quality improvement.
  • Leadership, including foundational and systems thinking, succession planning, and change management.
  • Professionalism, including professional and personal accountability, career planning, ethics, and advocacy.
  • Business skills, including marketing and financial, human resource, strategic, and information management.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $2,000 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on October 10, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Completion Requirements

  • 28 quarter credits
  • Optional practicum (5 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum credits to completion. Credits to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 1-866-492-5336.


Course Code Title Credits
NURS 6002/6003

Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing

In this course students are introduced to Walden University and online learning. Students explore strategies for the successful participation in an online curriculum. Students also will receive a foundation for academic and professional success as scholar-practitioners and social change agents. Course assignments introduce students to resources that support success, development of graduate-level writing skills and use of APA Style, academic integrity, and the creation of a professional development plan based on each student’s chosen specialization. Additionally, information and requirements for the MSN Practicum are introduced.

3 cr.
NURS 6201

Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare

This course sets the foundational stage for the Nurse Executive specialty track. Students focus on theoretical and practical aspects of leadership in healthcare contexts, and they discuss professional standards of practice for nursing leadership. They explore components of the redesign or reformation of healthcare delivery and performance. Through this course, students synthesize the responsibilities of the nurse leader in the achievement of healthcare outcomes.


MSN Nurse Executive Specialization

  • NURS 6002 or NURS 6003
  • NURS 6050
  • NURS 6051
  • NURS 6052
  • NURS 6053

Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Executive

  • NURS 6002 or NURS 6003

(5 cr.)
NURS 6211

Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery

Students in this course examine the fundamentals of finance and economics in healthcare delivery. They explore different ways to analyze financial data and interpret the results of those analyses. They explore budgeting and financial management tools in the context of the nurse leader's role in the management of operational and capital resources. They examine the influence of policies and budgetary assumptions on the provision of health services. Students also explore budget and resource decisions contributing to the achievement of organizational outcomes within the context of providing efficient and cost-effective quality care.

(5 cr.)
NURS 6221

Managing Human Resources

Nursing leadership is grounded firmly in managing our most important resource—human capital. In this course, students address nurse executives' role and responsibilities in human resource management. Students explore recruitment and selection of human resources while ensuring current legal, ethical, professional, and practice systems and procedures align with organizational strategies, outcomes, policies and standards. They consider how to apply technology to support human resource functions. Additionally, students examine strategies to support positive organizational and nursing service goals. They also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion, staff engagement, and empowerment, as well as creating collaborative and supportive partnerships within organizations.

(5 cr.)
NURS 6231

Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes

The development of leadership strategies and competencies that support the healthcare organizational delivery of quality care is imperative to quality outcomes within healthcare systems. In this course, students use a systems approach to explore structures, processes, and outcomes that impact healthcare quality and ultimately improve patient experience and outcomes. Students learn how interdisciplinary collaboration is important to the development of quality and safety. Engaging in conceptual and application-based assignments, students focus on clinical and service quality planning and improvement initiatives; models, tools, and innovations for process improvement; and the importance and use of metrics in daily operations.

(5 cr.)
NURS 6241

Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations

Nurse leaders in healthcare organizations must be aware of and integrate strategic organizational goals. Students in this course use an interdisciplinary case study approach to address unmet organizational and/or professional needs through strategic planning processes. Students apply organizational, behavioral, political, leadership, and management knowledge and theory to planning, implementing, and evaluating strategically planned change. Through these applications, students learn to use a variety of administrative strategies within the context of supportive and collaborative interdisciplinary relationships to achieve desired health care outcomes that effect positive social change in patient and professional communities.

(5 cr.)


NURS 6600

Capstone Synthesis Practicum

Students in this course apply the MSN curriculum experience by translating knowledge into practice through participation in professional activities and the development of a culminating project. Students apply theory, principles, and concepts related to their area of specialization in order to enhance nursing practice and promote positive social change.

(5 cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 28 quarter credit hours $457 per quarter hour $12,796
Technology Fee Per quarter $165 $495


*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $500 to $700.

Admission Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 855-646-5286 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest.

Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.


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