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. 

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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.

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
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Deficiencies in Pre/Co-requisite Courses (up to two maximum semesters to satisfy the deficiencies)

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
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Deficiencies in Pre/Co-requisite Courses (up to two maximum semesters to satisfy the deficiencies) 

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

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

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

 

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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
Assistant Professor

caruthers@calu.edu

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

evanick@calu.edu

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

oconnor@calu.edu

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Dr. Linda Pina
Chairperson and 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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