School of Nursing

Nurse Executive Role Specialty

As a nurse executive, you’ll have the opportunity to innovate new processes, influence policies, and improve patient care. As you lead diverse teams and mentor staff, you can advance the role of nursing in your healthcare organization.

Nurse Executive Role Specialty at a Glance:

  • Online coursework + optional on-campus immersions
  • 36 credit hours + 225 practicum contact hours
  • 6 trimesters (2 years), although acceleration options are available*
  • Sept., Jan. & May start dates, plus midterm starts

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, traditional vs. accelerated pathway, credits transferred and other factors.

Become a Leader in your Organization

Become a Leader in your Organization

In our Nurse Executive role specialty, you’ll learn strategies for managing financial and IT operations; designing operational and clinical processes; and creating a healthy, collaborative workplace culture. You’ll prepare for a role as a manager, director, supervisor, chief nursing officer, and more. Nurse executives work across large and small clinical organizations.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)BSN-entry DNP, and Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate students at USAHS may choose to pursue the Nurse Executive role specialty.

On-Campus Immersions

To accelerate course completion and meet your faculty and peers, you may choose to participate in one or more optional on-campus or virtual immersion weekends. These weekends are a chance for you to broaden your perspective by collaborating with your interprofessional peers, hone your presentation skills, network with alumni and healthcare professionals, meet one-on-one with your program director, and more.


As a role specialty within the MSN, this program requires 225 clock hours of practica over two courses, scheduled in the final two terms. (Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate students in this role specialty do not complete practica.) You can complete your practica with preceptors who meet accreditation and state licensure requirements. You’ll gain experiential knowledge about the role of a nurse executive from a mentor who is working in this capacity. A dedicated advisor will work with you to secure practica sites. (Students should plan on the need to travel and on some occasions, relocate for practica.)


Graduates of our Nurse Executive specialty will be ready to pursue the Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification (NEA-BC), administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Nurse Executive Role Specialty Learning Outcomes

In addition to the program learning outcomes, graduates of the Nurse Executive role specialty will be able to:

  • Develop healthy workplace communities through effective communication, collaborative relationships, trust, conflict resolution, consensus building, and creation of a shared vision.
  • Utilize systems thinking and knowledge of delivery models and healthcare economics, policy, and governance to facilitate organizational compliance, performance, and growth.
  • Demonstrate leadership through modeling and emphasis on data-driven decision-making, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and patient safety.

  • Lead planned change necessary for the achievement of institutional and department goals.
  • Design strategies for the continuing development of staff for personal growth as well as the improvement of patient and organizational outcomes.
  • Implement the role of a nurse leader, nurse manager, or nurse executive in a professional, respectful, and ethical manner.

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