Executive Certificate in Nursing Educational Leadership Leading Care to a Higher Standard


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total

Do you want to take your expertise in nursing further but aren’t ready to commit to a doctoral degree? Liberty’s 100% online Executive Certificate in Nursing Educational Leadership can help you gain new, advanced skills you can use to boost your career while preparing yourself for a PhD. Through this executive certificate, you will conduct original research and generate new ideas as well as design, implement, and communicate findings to programs for nurses — including college nursing programs.

Our Executive Certificate programs are designed to align with Liberty’s doctoral programs to maximize transfer credit. This format allows you to transfer the 21 credit hours from the Executive Certificate in Nursing Educational Leadership into our PhD in Nursing – Nursing Education.

Liberty’s Executive Certificate in Nursing Educational Leadership can give you the in-depth academic studies in nursing you need to work toward your career and long-term education goals.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Liberty University’s online Executive Certificate in Nursing Educational Leadership is the best path forward if you want to engage in doctoral-level nursing studies but are not prepared to pursue a full PhD program. With 21 credit hours in advanced nursing education training, you will build on your master’s-level studies and earn a postgraduate credential that can open new doors for your career.

At Liberty, our mission is Training Champions for Christ. That means each of your professors will provide a balanced approach to nursing practice and education – all rooted in a biblical worldview. Your professors are professionals who have doctoral degrees in nursing or a related field and have experience engaging in sound scholarship and nursing best practices.

Each course in your Executive Certificate in Nursing Educational Leadership is 100% online with 8-week courses and no set login times. This flexibility allows you to pursue your certificate while maintaining your commitments to your family, career, and community.

In this program, you’ll learn to design and lead effective nursing education programs for the next generation of medical professionals. Your coursework will help you become a confident leader equipped to implement change and improvements to nursing education. Through multi-disciplinary courses and online interaction with your professors throughout the program, you will develop the skills you need to lead and collaborate with healthcare teams and create positive change.

Through this Executive Certificate, you will study essential topics that will help you to:

  • Act as a professional nursing leader, role model, and mentor for those who wish to pursue advancement in nursing.
  • Advocate for policies and programs that improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.
  • Apply ethical decision-making and values to the nursing profession based on a biblical worldview.
  • Educate the next generation of nurse scholars to add to the global community of nursing professionals.
  • Synthesize the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of nursing in the practice of research.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Executive Certificate Full Time $595/Credit
Executive Certificate Part Time $650/Credit
Military Executive Certificate $300/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $300 per credit hour for Executive Certificate courses
  • Roll credits into the corresponding doctoral degree
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)