Online Nurse Executive Program: Master of Science in Nursing

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It’s Your Time to Become a Leader in Health Care

Transform your passion and experience as a nurse into a thriving career leading teams, driving an organization’s success and improving patient care in your community. The online Nurse Executive MSN at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) helps you gain the skills, knowledge and credentials to pursue top leadership positions in nursing. Are you ready to power onward at PNW?

Earn a Valuable Nursing Degree From an Affordable and Reputable Institution

Online Flexibility and Convenience

Complete your coursework 100% online and conduct your practicum where you work.

Accelerated Degree Plan

Graduate with your MSN in just 12 months of full-time study or under 2 years if you attend part time.

Faculty Experience

Learn from PNW faculty who have extensive experience as chief nursing executives and nurse leaders in clinical practice.

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Build Your Expertise in:

  • Policy development
  • Financial management
  • Organization building
  • Nursing informatics
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Systems management
  • Human resources management

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Tuition You Can Afford

Discover just how affordable the Purdue Northwest online Nurse Executive MSN can be. With our program, you can:

  • Save with cost-effective tuition—$512.16 per credit
  • Transfer up to 9 credits
  • Utilize federal financial aid
  • Earn a $1,000 scholarship, available for Purdue Northwest RN-to-BSN alumni and employees of partner institutions
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MSN Program Accredited by ACEN

The baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s certificate nursing programs at Purdue University Northwest at the Hammond and Westville campuses located in Hammond and Westville are accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s certificate nursing programs is continuing accreditation.

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Nurse Executive Curriculum

Our curriculum has earned a certification of quality from Quality Matters™ (QM). The interactive, engaging courses have been evaluated by a team of experts, meet rigorous standards for online instruction and support student learning and success.

  • Core Courses

    Core Course Requirements

    • Foundations of Advanced Practice in Nursing
    • Healthcare Organization, Policy and Economics
    • Informatics in Nursing              
    • Research and Evidence Based Nursing Practice
    • Sociocultural Influences on Health
    • Theoretical and Ethical Reasoning in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Nurse Executive Courses

    Nurse Executive Courses

    • Concepts for the Nurse Executive Creating an Environment for Professional Practice
    • Role of the Nurse Executive in Creating an Environment for Professional Practice
    • Healthcare Financial Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Nurse Executive Practicum
  • Nurse Executive Program Outcomes

    Nurse Executive MSN Program Outcomes

    • Synthesize advanced nursing knowledge, patient preferences and best available evidence to make decisions for practice.
    • Provide leadership to influence delivery of health care to diverse populations in increasingly complex environments.
    • Operationalize role competencies appropriate to executive nursing.
    • Evolve a professional philosophy that reflects the humanistic values of nursing and a commitment to the discipline.

Meet the Growing Demand for Nurse Executives

From 2021 to 2031, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28%—much faster than average for all occupations. Learn more about the vital role of nurse executives within health care organizations.

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Nurse Executive Tuition


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It's Your Time.
Power Onward at PNW.


100% Online: MSN program includes a practicum experience that must be completed in a real-world health care environment. Students may complete their University-approved practicum where they work, but they cannot complete hours on work time or under their current supervisor.

Employment Projections: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, Most New Jobs, and Fastest-Growing Occupations. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

MSN Alumni Scholarship: Must have completed the PNW RN-to-BSN to be eligible for scholarship.

MSN Transfer Credits: Transfer dependent on program approval. Courses must fulfill curriculum requirements and must have been taken at a university that has national nursing accreditation. A grade of the equivalent of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) or higher must be present for any transfer course and faculty will review syllabi for equivalence. NUR 51000, Research and Evidence Based Nursing Practice, all advanced core courses, and all specialty courses (applies to all concentrations) must be taken at PNW.

MSN Tuition and Fees: Students will incur differential fees, in addition to tuition, based on the number of credits taken per term. Differential fees are $221.25 when registered for less than 8 hours and $281.50 for 8 hours or more and are assessed once each traditional semester. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Board of Trustees.

Textbook Fee: The instructional material access fee is $299 per semester. The fee is not included in total tuition. All students are automatically entered into the access program and must opt out if they do not want to participate. For more information, visit