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Nurse Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate

Aug. 16, 2023

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Prepare for Leadership in a Range of Health Care Settings

The Nurse Executive Leadership (NEL) post-MSN certificate, offered by the School of Nursing, is for professional nurses who have an MSN degree and are interested in leadership positions within health care. The program prepares nurses for careers in administration and management and includes educational concepts such as finance and budgeting, quality measures, improving the client experience, interprofessional collaboration, advanced information technology, and systems-based thinking. It will provide you with skills to pursue administrative or managerial positions and leadership roles in a range of health care settings. You will gain valuable hands-on experience in a clinical practicum with experienced nurse leader preceptors. Graduates of this program will meet all requirements to sit for national certification.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses

Start Date

August 16, 2023

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

WVU School of Nursing

Degree Awarded: Nursing Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate

Program Details

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This is a 22-credit hour program, consisting of six didactic and two three-credit clinical courses. All didactic courses are offered via a mix of synchronous and asynchronous, web-based modalities. Two semesters of clinical practicum are required for a total of 300 clinical hours. These hours will be completed with a nurse leader mentor in a healthcare setting. Preceptors will be selected based on direct experience with human resource management, budget & finance responsibilities, quality & safety responsibilities and interprofessional collaboration.

Graduates will be prepared for Nurse Executive Certification (NE-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or to become Certified Nurse Executive Practice (CNEP) through the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL).

At the completion of the Nurse Executive Leadership Post-Master’s Certificate, the graduate will be prepared to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive and systematic assessment of health and illness parameters in complex situations, incorporating diverse and culturally sensitive approaches.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate therapeutic interventions based on nursing science and other sciences.
  3. Develop and sustain therapeutic relationships and partnerships with patients (individual, family or group) and other professionals to facilitate optimal care and patient outcomes.
  4. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes.
  5. Guide, mentor, and support other nurses to achieve excellence in nursing practice.
  6. Educate and guide individuals and groups through complex health and situational transitions.

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Application Information


  • Hold a degree of Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) from a nationally accredited nursing program and regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on graduate degree work.
  • Hold an active, unrestricted RN license in the state where the student plans to complete clinical hours.
  • For the NEL Certificate Program: must have two years of practice experience at the RN level or higher.

To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.

Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing or any other nursing program will not be readmitted or considered for admission to the program.

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Depending on pre-requisites completed, entry term into the program will vary from student to student.

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  1. Click on the Apply Now button above.
  2. Please select the following options on the New Application screen:
    • Program Delivery Method: Online
    • Type of Student: Certificate
    • Which Program: Select your Post-MSN Program
  3. You will be asked to select a Progression Plan on the Nursing Application. The Post Graduate certificate is only offered as a full-time program.
  4. On the Supplemental Materials screen, you will upload the following:
    • Current curriculum vita or resume
    • Professional goals statement. Click here for guidelines on writing the essay

Computer Application Checklist

Once the WVU application has been completed, you must complete and submit the Application Checklist, a tool designed to ensure you have submitted all required information for your application to be considered complete.

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  1. It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to
  2. Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be sent directly to: WVU Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510.
  3. Applicants who completed prior education outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Please request a “course-by-course” International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP).


Students will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Nursing GPA
  • Work Experience
  • Professional Writing Statement Score
  • Overall GPA


Students are required to attend an online orientation session prior to the start of the semester.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Nurse Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate requires 22 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $743.

Total Degree Cost

$16,346 – Residents and Non-Residents

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Students enrolled in certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Visit Student Financial Support & Services for additional information.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Nurse Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Nurse Practitioner
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Acute Care Nurse
Projected Growth: 11% higher *Bright Outlook

Nursing Professor
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Medical and Health Services Manager
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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