Students who elect the Nursing Leadership program are prepared for administrative and leadership positions in a health care setting. In addition to the core courses, content focuses on elements of a nursing care system; the responsibilities of the Nursing Leader in research, education, and clinical practice; human resource management; fiscal accountability; information and project management; the functions of the Nursing Leader in the organization and system; and on issues and trends in nursing organizational management. Clinical practicums in advanced nursing for the Nursing Leader emphasize management of clients, nurses, other health care personnel and resources. The Nursing Leadership Practicums offer students the opportunity to apply nursing leadership and administrative principles under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. Students who choose the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program in this area complete additional coursework in the areas of applied biostatistics, epidemiological approaches population health, select electives, and a clinical scholarship project conducted within the clinical setting. Graduates with the MS and DNP award are eligible to take the American Organization of Nurse Executives exam to become certified as an Executive in Nursing Practice (CENP) exam after two years of practice as a nurse executive. The Graduate Certificate (GC) is for nurses who have completed a previous graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited graduate nursing program and desire to prepare to take the American Organization of Nurse Executives Certified in Executive in Nursing Practice (CENP) exam after two years of practice as a nurse executive.