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  • Earn your certificate in as little as 12 months with our streamlined curriculum
  • Gain real-world experience with 135 precepted clinical hours
  • Student-centric approach to learning designed for your success
  • Access to comprehensive Career Services support beyond graduation
  • Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

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Post-Master's Nurse Leader Certificate


A nurse leader, or nurse executive, is responsible for the administration and management of patient care services. This can be in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics and home health. Nurse leaders direct the planning and development of policies and procedures for healthcare organizations, while focusing on improving the quality of patient care.

Our Post-Master’s Nurse Leader program helps prepare you for a variety of new nursing opportunities, opening the door to more advanced leadership roles. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for nurses is expected to increase by 7% between 2019 and 2029, faster than average for all occupations.1

Graduates of the MSN-Nurse Leader program will have the foundation necessary to take on a wide range of positions, including:

  • Executive Director
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Department Head

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,

Our post-master’s certificate programs are designed for working professionals with asynchronous online classes that let you study when and where it’s convenient for you.

Our streamlined curriculum allows you to earn your certificate in as little as one year.

Get access to one-on-one support every step of your journey, from no-cost tutoring and writing center to a designated Student Success advisor.

Gain hands-on experience through 135 hours of practice experience through clinical placement practicums.

Why Do Students Choose WCU for their Post-Master’s Certificate?

  • Earn your certificate in as little as one year
  • 135 hours of precepted clinical experience
  • Year-round admissions with classes starting every eight weeks
  • Student-centric approach to learning
  • 24-hour access to library and courses

Online Environment

At WCU, you are not alone. WCU offers you the support and guidance to help achieve your professional goals. Our online classes are energizing, engaging and enriched with video content, simulations, adaptive quizzing, and on-the-go resources — to help you stay connected wherever you are. WCU's online programs are simple to navigate and easy to use while we support you with clear and continuous access to your instructors, peers, student services and our 24/7 technical support.

Support Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of classes. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Our Career Services Department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals to enhance our students’ prospects for securing employment and achieving professional success.

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

Admissions Requirement

Applicants for the Nurse Leader (Post-Master's) Certificate Program must:

  1. Have graduated from an accredited master's or doctoral program in nursing.
  2. Provide proof of a current unobstructed Registered Nurse (RN) license from the United States.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions recognized by the United States Department of Education. Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts should refer to the International Admissions section of the catalog.
  4. Have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0.
  5. One year of direct patient care nursing experience within the past five years is preferred.
  6. English proficiency for all applicants whose first language is not English will be required. Consult with Nursing and Student Affairs for any questions.

Note: Applicants with a cumulative graduate GPA of 2.7 to 2.99 may be considered for admission on probation, but must achieve a "B" (3.0) or better in the first 6 credits in the certificate program to be removed from probation. Students who do not achieve a "B" or better in the first 6 credits will be dismissed from the certificate program.

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Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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