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Executive Leadership (EL) Track


The Executive Leadership role impacts and improves systems and processes to benefit patient outcomes, preparing students to practice as nurse managers, directors and in other nursing leadership positions across various settings. Upon completion of the EL track, the graduate will have the academic qualifications for certification as a nurse executive. Certification examinations given by either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) require appropriate employment experience to be eligible to take the certification exams.

In addition to the 18 credit hours of core, students complete 17 credit hours in specialty courses that provide the foundation for administrative role functions. Students complete 225 practicum hours in this specialty track.

Program of Study for the Executive Leadership Track

I. Core Courses (18 credit hours)

  • NURSG 504: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURSG 544: Epidemiology and Population Based Health Care (3)
  • NURSG 509: Nursing Inquiry (3)
  • NURSG 517: Health Care Systems and Financing (3)
  • NURSG 553: Culture, Communication and Conflict Resolution in Interprofessional Practice (3)
  • NURSG 557: Information Technology and Health Care Outcomes (3)

II. Specialty Courses (17 credit hours)

  • NURSG 545: Executive Leader Role (2)
  • NURSG 558: Advanced Health Care Finance (3)
  • NURSG 568: Advanced Health and Social Policy (3)
  • NURSG 605: Administrative Leadership I (2)
  • NURGP 605: Administrative Leadership I Practicum (1)
  • NURSG 606: Administrative Leadership II (2)
  • NURGP 606: Administrative Leadership II Practicum (1)
  • NURSG 607: Administrative Leadership Capstone (2)
  • NURGP 607: Administrative Leadership Capstone Practicum (1)

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences reserves the right to amend policies and procedures, and other program information as necessary. All changes will be communicated promptly.