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Healthcare Leadership: Nursing, Certificate

College of Nursing

Prepare for a leadership role in a health organization or in managing the delivery of nursing and health care services across diverse health care settings.

This certificate program is for students who hold a master’s degree in nursing and choose to pursue additional knowledge in the area of health care leadership. It can be completed within one year, either through full-time or part-time study. Graduates of the program may be eligible to sit for certification examination as a nurse manager or nurse executive.

Program Highlights

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    Leadership Development

    Prepare for organizational leadership by learning the principles and skills of health care in varied settings.

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    Management Skills

    Understand aspects of organizational management such as budgeting, strategic planning and managing change.

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    Learn strategies to boost engagement and satisfaction with content focused on the employee experience.

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    Flexible Pathway

    Attend full or part time and online with flexible yet comprehensive training that prepares you for leadership roles.

What You’ll Study

The program’s curriculum is designed to prepare professional nurses for leadership roles and to work within interdisciplinary teams to improve system and population health services in a variety of health care settings.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions


    Creating a financial plan by estimating expenses and revenues to allocate resources effectively

    Business Writing

    Creating clear and effective written communication for business purposes

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions


    Directing and overseeing the activities and resources to achieve specific goals

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Nursing Leadership Role
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Executive

Workplace Settings

  • Health Care Administration
  • Hospital Leadership
  • Team Leadership

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

I live on the west coast and was a little apprehensive about the distance. I quickly learned there is a true sense of community in the program. The program is run so efficiently, and every member of the faculty and staff embrace us as adult learners.

Allison Williams
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