New Executive Leadership Certificate Prepares Tomorrow’s Leaders Today


Challenges for senior nursing leaders in management roles are ever-changing.  From project planning to human resource issues to financial planning, the demands of management are increasing. Earning a C-suite role is a career goal for many nurses.  While all nurses are educated in patient care, now Duke offers a certificate to assist senior-level nurse leaders succeed in management. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program announces the launch of the Executive Leadership Certificate.  Much like our Executive Leadership Specialty, this Certificate is for nurses who already hold a DNP.  This nine-credit Certificate provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills for leading complex teams and organizations.  This certificate is unique because it was created especially for the senior nurse leader in complex organizations.

The certificate consists of three courses and can be completed in one year. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Lead complex organizations by understanding people, environments, strategic planning and the advanced use of multiple sources of data and to initiate change,
  • Forecast and monitor trends in patient care, health care legislation and more,
  • Develop skills in designing, implementing and evaluating care of populations to meet organizational goals, and;
  • Comfortably and authoritatively, manage urgent care situations, such as illness outbreaks, organizational emergencies or workforce issues.

The ideal candidate for this certificate is a senior nurse leader who has five to ten years of progressive and professional leadership experience, holds a DNP degree, has fiscal management experience and has completed a graduate-level finance and advance leadership course or training.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Executive Leadership Certificate. 

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