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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

i-LEAD Post-Master's Certificate

Earn a Certificate in Executive Leadership

The i-LEAD Program provides an opportunity for students who have earned a master's degree in nursing to continue their studies through our post-master's certificate in executive leadership.  This option allows master's-prepared nurses to advance their knowledge in economics and finance, organizational systems and leadership, and implementation of quality systems within organizations.  As part of the post-master's certificate course work, students will engage in an executive practicum designed as a capstone experience to integrate and apply executive competencies.

This post-master's certificate option is a total of 12 credit hours offered entirely online.  Students, both in-state and out-of-state, pay the same low tuition rate of $520.00 (2012-2013 AY) per credit hour.

Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Master's Certificate

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Analysis

Gainful Employment Disclosure-PDF

Program Plan

An overview of the i-LEAD courses, totaling 12 credit hours:

Course Title Credits
NURS 679X: Economics and Finance      3
NURS 6796: Executive Leadership      3
NURS 6797: Quality Management      3
NURS 6912: Executive Practicum      3
PMC total credit hours      12
NURS6796: Executive Leadership
NURS6797: Quality Management
NURS679X: Economics and Finance
NURS6912: Executive Practicum

Are all of the required option courses available online?
Will I be required to do any clinical experiences?
Will I be required to come to Denver to do the clinical internship?
Can I take a course before I apply?
Who can I contact to obtain more information?

You may contact Dr. Amy Barton, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Program Director for the i-LEAD master’s option by emailing Amy Barton.  You may also contact the i-LEAD Program Coordinator, Nicole Jackson, for additional information.


Amy Barton, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs:
Office of Clinical Affairs & Informatics Advisor
College of Nursing

Joan Nelson, DNP, RN, ANP
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Jane Carrington, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Gayle Preheim, EDD, NEA-BC,CNE
Associate Professor
BS Nursing Program
College of Nursing


College of Nursing
Former Executive Director of Nursing
University Hospital, Denver, CO



Diane Skiba, PhD, FACMI
Informatics Advisor
Health Care Informatics Option Coordinator
Project Director, I –Collaboratory
College of Nursing


Michael Galbraith, PhD., RN
Associate Professor
College of Nursing


Joyce Verran, PhD, RN, FAAN
Visiting Professor
College of Nursing


Jacqueline Jones, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
College of Nursing