Nurse Executive Certificate Courses

All nurse executive certificate students are required to complete specific coursework. The following plan represents progression for the online post-master's certificate as a nurse executive.  There are a total of 14 credit hours to complete.

Professional Curriculum

NRS 550

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR & STRUCTURE

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This course explores behavioral science literature and theories that are relevant to the study of individual and group behavior within healthcare organizations. This course will promote an understanding of how and why people and groups behave the way they do in the workplace. Theories and concepts related to motivation, change, chaos, complexity, crisis, communication, team building, healthy work environments, toxic organizations, conflict resolution, and organizational development, structure and culture will be explored.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission.

NRS 552

ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE I: LEADING AN ORGANIZATION

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The major focus of this course will be the planning, organizing, and coordinating aspects of management. The role of the nurse executive from the perspective of transformational, quantum, and organizational leadership theories will be explored. The concepts of creating a vision, planning, power, risk-taking, decision-making, reflective practice, emotional intelligence and competence, forces of magnetism, AONE and IOM competencies, and personal and professional responsibility and accountability will be discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 550, or by permission.

NRS 558

ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE III: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT & ECONOMICS

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The history of health care reimbursement, economics and health care, accounting principles and information systems for data retrieval will serve as the introduction to budget principles, development, variances, and strategies. Strategic management, business plans, cost-benefit analysis, cost- effectiveness analysis, collective bargaining, productivity, marketing, staffing, and patient classification systems will be discussed from a financial perspective. Students will use Excel for solving financial problems and budgeting exercises.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: All program course work except 559 or by permission. Pre/Co requisites: NRS 592

NRS 559

PRACTICUM: MANAGEMENT, IMPROVEMENT, AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS

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Each student will choose a health care setting (acute care, long term care, etc.) to work 126 contact hours with a nurse executive/administrator who will serve as a preceptor. Throughout this course, the student will synthesize management and leadership principles into the nurse executive role. The student must identify a project or topic for improvement, develop a strategy for improvement, use evidence and theory to support the proposed improvement strategy, implement and evaluate the improvement strategy and share the findings and outcomes of the project.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: All program course work or by permission. Pre/Co requisites: NRS 594