Nursing Administration and Leadership

Nursing Administration and Leadership Post-Master's Certificate

About the Online Certificate in Nursing Administration and Leadership

Strengthen your leadership skills in nursing administration.

Add a specialization in nursing administration and leadership to your MSN degree with this post-master's certificate from California University of Pennsylvania.

The 21-credit online certificate program prepares you to take on a leadership role in your healthcare organization or move up to nursing administration.

With Cal U's 100% online nursing certificate program, you can complete your certificate while working full time. Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters; time to completion depends on your preferences and applicable transfer credits.

Gain career-focused experience as a leader in nursing.

Courses in the online certificate program focus specifically on the healthcare environment. Topics include:

  • Organization and leadership theory.
  • The role of nursing administrators.
  • Healthcare infomatics.
  • Financial management in nonprofit organizations.
  • Legal aspects of the nurse leader's role.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Nursing Administration and Leadership Certificate

Accredited Program: This post-graduate certificate is derived from Cal U's Master of Science in Nursing program, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  CCNE accreditation is your assurance of a high-quality program that meets professional nursing standards.

Go Further: Complete a 150-hour preceptor-led practicum as part of the online certificate program, then apply the hours toward the requirements for attaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, which can advance your career as a clinician.

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Program Benefits

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that education has a significant impact on the knowledge and competencies of nurses. Cal U's certificate program also offers:

  • The convenience of online learning, ideal for busy working professionals.
  • Instruction from expert faculty who hold RN, MSN and doctorate degrees.
  • The assurance of quality that comes with a CCNE-accredited program.
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Graduate Outcomes

The online certificate in nursing administration and leadership provides academic development for nurses in the public and private sectors. Graduates are prepared to seek positions as:

  • Senior nurse clinicians.
  • Nurse managers or administrators.
  • Directors of nursing.

The certificate also can lead to executive roles in a variety of healthcare organizations, consultancy work or top positions in healthcare-related settings. 

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Applied, Active Learning

Cal U's certificate program in nursing administration and leadership includes a 150-hour practicum led by a preceptor at your healthcare organization. With faculty guidance, you'll meet professional goals while learning from an expert in the field.

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Additional Credentials

Nurse leaders who complete the online certificate program also can seek credentials from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). 

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Finish Fast

Students who have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree complete just 21 credits to earn the certificate. Cal U reviews any transfer credits and accepts those applicable to the program. Most students earn the certificate in four semesters.

Nursing Administration and Leadership Courses

The online Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Administration and Leadership adds a specialized credential to complement your MSN degree.

Course Examples
  • Nursing Organization and Leadership Theory

  • Financial Management in Nonprofit Health Care Organizations

  • Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations

  • Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration

  • Nursing Administration and Leadership Role

  • Nursing Administration Role Practicum

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at California University of Pennsylvania are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( ).

Nursing Administration and Leadership Faculty

Dr. Donna Caruthers
Assistant Professor

Dr. Joan Clites
Associate Professor

Dr. Patricia Davies
Assistant Professor
Dr. Nicole Evanick
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary O'Connor
Professor and Global Online MSN Program Coordinator

Dr. Linda Pina
Chairperson and Professor

Dr. Robin Weaver
Assistant Professor, Global Online RN-BSN Program Coordinator