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 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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$94,000 
Median pay for nurse administrators across the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
26%
Projected job growth in the field of nursing administration by 2020, according to NurseJournal.org.
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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. 

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.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
NUR 603  Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations 3
NUR 711  Nursing Organization and Leadership Theory 3
NUR 712  Nursing Administration and Leadership Role 3
NUR 714  Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration 3
NUR 715  Financial Management in Non-profit Health Care Organizations 3
NUR 813  Nursing Administration Role Practicum 6
Total 21
Admission Requirements

 

Admission Requirements (Regular)  


MSN Administration and Leadership

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) with a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the undergraduate nursing degree or in the last 60 credits completed (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited BSN program
  • Unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing
  • Current Resume indicating at least one year of experience working in nursing, preferably, nursing management
  • An essay to include career goals and objectives as well as a description of how the student plans to use the MSN degree
  • International Global Online Applicants
    • Scholastic record must be comparable to that reflected by a 3.00 GPA verified with official transcripts and applicant needs to be licensed in their country of residence
    • Applicants must submit a credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s or pre/co-requisites, have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Deficiencies in Pre/Co-requisite Courses (up to two maximum semesters to satisfy the deficiencies)


Provisional Admission
:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Nursing Administration and Leadership Post Master's Certificate

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited MSN program
  • Unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing
  • Current Resume indicating at least one year of experience working in nursing, preferably, nursing management.
  • International Global Online Applicants
    • Scholastic record must be comparable to that reflected by a 3.00 GPA verified with official transcripts and applicant needs to be licensed in their country of residence
    • Applicants must submit a credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s or pre/co-requisites, have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Master's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Deficiencies in Pre/Co-requisite Courses (up to two maximum semesters to satisfy the deficiencies) 


Provisional Admission
:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Pre/Co-Requisite Courses

  • Applicants may remove deficiencies in the following pre/co-requisite courses at Cal U or another accredited institution prior to regular admission or after conditional admission
    • 3 credits undergraduate or graduate level Statistics

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Email: msnonline@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

 

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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.


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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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Nursing Administration and Leadership Faculty

Dr. Donna Caruthers
Chairperson and Assistant Professor

caruthers@calu.edu

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Dr. Nicole Evanick
Assistant Professor; Global Online Coordinator, MSN and MSN-MBA Programs

evanick@calu.edu

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Dr. Kathleen Morouse
Assistant Professor

morouse@calu.edu

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Dr. Mary O'Connor
Professor of Nursing, MSN and RN-BSN Programs

oconnor@calu.edu

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Dr. Linda Pina
Professor

pina@calu.edu

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

weaver_r@calu.edu

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