Online Nurse Executive Program: Master of Science in Nursing

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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. Invest in your growth and  prepare  to be a leader with PNW.

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

Online Flexibility and Convenience

Complete your coursework 100% online and conduct your MSN Nurse Executive 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 are experienced as chief nursing executives and nurse leaders in clinical practice.

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Build Nursing Leadership Expertise in:

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

Affordable Tuition

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

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

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) granted continuing accreditation to the baccalaureate, master's and post-master's certificate programs with the next evaluation visit scheduled for Fall 2027.
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Nurse Executive Concentration Curriculum

The online nurse executive curriculum is aligned to the Quality Matters™ (QM) evidence-based practices in online course quality and delivery. The QM designation ensures that our courses have been evaluated by a team of experts, meet rigorous standards for online instruction, and support student learning and success. Our courses are also highly interactive, so you have ample opportunities to engage with your classmates and make professional connections.

  • 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
    • Nurse Executive Practicum
    • Human Resource Management
  • Program Outcomes

    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 2019 to 2029, employment of health care executives is projected to grow 32%, 8 times the average for all occupations. Learn more about the vital role of nurse executives within health care organizations.

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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.

Tuition and Fees: Tuition includes fees, with the exception of differential fees. Differential fees are $211.75 when registered for less than 8 hours and $269.40 for 8 hours or more and are assessed once each traditional semester. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Board of Trustees.