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Prepare to Take on Top Positions in Nursing Leadership

Transform your passion and experience as a nurse into a thriving career leading teams, driving an organization’s success, and improving patient outcomes. Purdue University Northwest’s online Nurse Executive MSN helps you gain the skills, knowledge, and credentials to pursue managerial positions in nursing.

Earn a Valuable Nursing Credential From PNW, an Affordable and Reputable Institution

Online Flexibility and Convenience
Complete your coursework 100% online. Your MSN Nurse Executive practicum can be conducted 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 are experienced as chief nursing executives and nurse leaders in clinical practice.

Affordable Tuition

The Purdue Northwest MSN is surprisingly affordable compared to other universities:

  • Save with cost-effective tuition—$467.44/credit
  • Transfer up to 9 credits
  • Utilize federal financial aid
  • $1,000 scholarship available for Purdue Northwest RN-to-BSN alumni

See Notes and Conditions below.

Build Nursing Leadership Expertise in:

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

The online nurse executive curriculum is aligned to the Quality Matters™ evidence-based practices in online course quality and delivery. Highly interactive courses provide ample opportunities for engagement.

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

  • 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
  • Nurse Executive Practicum
  • Human Resource Management

MSN Nurse Executive 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.

The Demand for Nurse Executives Is Growing

From 2016 to 2026, employment of health care executives is projected to grow 20%, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Are you considering other nursing career paths? Explore our PNW Nurse Educator Concentration.

See Notes and Conditions below.

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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. 

Tuition and Fees: Tuition includes fees, with the exception of differential fees. Differential fees are $208.72 when registered for less than 8 hours and $265.55 for 8 hours or more and are assessed once each traditional semester. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Board of Trustees.

Employment Projections: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers. 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.