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Why ODU for a Nurse or Health Care Executive Certificate?

Prepare for leadership in healthcare with this four-course graduate certificate. You'll learn the basics of leadership in complex organizations. This includes the best use of healthcare technology, the design and use of competitive resources, and management techniques.

These skills can help you take a leadership role as a nurse or health care executive. Transition to leadership within healthcare organizations, hospitals and ambulatory care settings.

Non-nurses can take this certificate to prepare for leadership roles in healthcare organizations. Nurses can use this certificate to prepare for management and administrative roles. Nurses can also apply some credits from this certificate toward ODU's Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Executive degree program.

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Where Business Meets Medicine

This program is not just for nurses. While this nurse executive certificate is perfect for nurses enrolled in the MBA program, non-nurses with a business background who want to advance in healthcare administration will also benefit. You'll learn the business aspects of nursing and healthcare, focusing on:

  • healthcare data and technology,
  • leadership,
  • effective financial and personnel management, and
  • evidence-based systems for quality healthcare.

Required Courses

  •  12 credit hours (four courses)
    • Leadership in Complex Systems and Organizations
    • Informatics and Healthcare Technology
    • Evidence-Based Management for Quality Healthcare
    • Competitive Resource Design and Utilization

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Fall 2020 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

Bright Outlook

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. As populations age and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for healthcare services.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nov. 2019

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How to Apply

This certificate is available to MBA, DNP and PhD students or by special permission of the Graduate Program Director.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.