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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration

Program Details

The Nursing Administration Certificate program is designed for experienced RNs with a master’s in nursing in another area of nursing specialty who want to develop the knowledge and skills needed to practice as a nurse administrator in healthcare settings. The program includes three theory courses and two practicums for a total of 15 credits. The student will select a healthcare setting and preceptor for the practicums. The same facility will used as the site for both practicums.

On completion of the Nursing Administration Certificate Program the graduate will be able to:

  • utilize systems thinking to lead and manage complex healthcare organizations
  • provide leadership in the professional design of nursing care grounded in ethical, multicultural, and professional standards and healthcare policy
  • utilize financial, material, human, and environmental resources to benefit nursing divisions in complex healthcare organizations
  • use information management systems to facilitate organizational decision making
  • demonstrate communication skills and relationship building competencies to support organizational goals
  • demonstrate leadership in the professional community
  • integrate best evidence to provide quality nursing care and promote improvement in healthcare outcomes
  • use an interdisciplinary approach to execute nursing administration practice


  • Applicants must have earned a MSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • An evaluation of the applicant's graduate educational work from a regionally accredited college or university. All applicants must have a MSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • An assessment of the applicant's personal statements, essays and two letters of reference.
  • Relevance of work experience and career objectives to the program objectives. Two years of work experience is recommended. A resume is required.
  • Have a current RN license valid in the United States.

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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