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College of Nursing:
Post-Master’s Certificate in Nurse Executive

Post-Master’s Certificate in Nurse Executive

This certificate program prepares nurses for leadership positions in complex healthcare systems. Students who complete this certificate program are ready to make a difference in organizations by addressing pressing issues such as workforce development, resources, integration of technology, and the maintenance and improvement of quality care.

Note on Licensure

The post-master's certificate program in Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, or Nursing Informatics is not a licensure-leading program and will not prepare students as nurse practitioners.

Note on CCNE Certification

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Certificate Requirements

  • 28 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 credits)
  • Specialization courses (25 credits)
  • Optional practicum (5 credits)



  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Term Course Credits
Quarter 1

NURS 6002 - Perspectives on Graduate Study for Advanced Nursing Practice


NURS 6003 - Perspectives on Graduate Study for Advanced Nursing Practice

3 credits

NURS 6201 - Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare

5 credits
Quarter 2

NURS 6211 - Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery

5 credits

NURS 6221 - Managing Human Resources

5 credits
Quarter 3+

NURS 6231 - Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes

5 credits

NURS 6241 - Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations

5 credits

NURS 6600 - Capstone Synthesis Practicum

5 credits
(3 didactic;
2 practicum)

Note on Field Experience and Relocating

Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their student success advisor or Tempo coach prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program.  They can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their student success advisor or Tempo coach immediately when considering relocating.