The graduate certificate in Nursing Leadership is designed to support master’s-prepared nurses in being effective leaders in the nursing profession. It also helps to prepare these nurses to be an agent of change in the delivery of healthcare, offering a focus in leadership, human resource management, and operational quality. The transformational changes occurring in healthcare today make advanced degree nursing practice essential to the provision of safe, patient-centered care.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Certificate Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Apply ethical principles to advanced professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills supportive of safe nursing practice and patient-centered care.
  • Advocate for healthcare policies that improve healthcare outcomes across the lifespan.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice to influence the delivery of cost-effective care to improve health outcomes.
  • Advocate for business practices that promote healthcare quality and patient safety.
  • Synthesize knowledge of key business and human resources practices to effectively lead healthcare teams. 

Programmatic Admission Requirements

For this program, the following documentation is required and must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Official transcripts showing a conferred Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited program or a BSN degree in nursing and master’s degree in a closely related field. 
  • Current and active unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in state where practicums will be conducted.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the Master of Science degree.
  • Current resume/CV.
  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU).

Please visit our AMU or APU graduate admission page for more information on institutional admission requirements.

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Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

HCAD650The Business of Healthcare3
HCAD651Healthcare Finance3
HCAD652Operational Quality in Healthcare3
HCAD605Human Resource Management in Healthcare3
HCAD520Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Administration3
NURS696Practicum in Nursing Leadership3
Total Semester Hours18