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Nursing Leadership Graduate Certificate

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Nursing Leadership graduate certificate is designed for nursing professionals who want to increase their knowledge in health care management and leadership. Using an evidence-based approach, learners address health care quality and safety, finance and health care operations management, organizational leadership, and health care challenges and trends. Throughout the certificate program, learners also assess and further strengthen their characteristics as ethical and culturally aware health care leaders, visionaries, and risk takers and gain an understanding of how to effectively communicate with other members of a health care team to promote strategic thinking, planning, and interprofessional collaboration in practice.

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Leadership and Management for Nurse Executives

Learners in this course develop and demonstrate knowledge of contemporary leadership and management concepts and theories relevant to a variety of health care delivery settings. Learners analyze the nurse leader’s role in leading high-performing health care teams and examine the skills needed to collaborate with, and create buy-in from, stakeholders, colleagues, constituencies, and interdisciplinary teams. Learners also examine the impact of cultural, ethical, and regulatory considerations on decision making and implement a future-looking strategic vision to ensure sustainable gains in quality and safety.  For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Health Care Quality and Safety Management

Learners in this course examine the nurse leader’s role in helping to effectively integrate into health care delivery systems the quality and safety principles that inform evidence-based changes and best practices. Learners demonstrate an understanding of the ways they can measure health care quality and safety; monitor and assess patient safety and outcomes; develop a transparent system for identifying and resolving medical errors and adverse patient outcomes; use data to monitor and improve patient care and outcomes; and support a culture of quality and safety.  For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Health Care Informatics and Technology

Learners in this course gain and demonstrate the knowledge and skills nurse leaders need in order to utilize health information technology to enhance patient care and outcomes. In particular, learners develop a strategy for technological integration and examine the ways in which they can use technology to evaluate patient data to inform patient diagnoses and outcomes. Learners also assess the effective management of technological change within the health care environment and examine issues of consumer access to information and the privacy and confidentiality of patient information.  For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Advanced Finance and Operations Management

Learners in this course examine the nurse leader’s role in establishing and managing an operations and capital budget. In particular, learners develop an understanding of how to incorporate variances or discretionary spending, manage the labor force within budget parameters, examine the availability and appropriate use of equipment and supplies, and apply finance principles to a strategic plan for achieving an organization’s fiscal goals.  For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Leading the Future of Health Care

Learners in this course examine the role of the nurse leader in evaluating and responding to health care opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing local and global environment. Learners develop proactive strategies to drive and lead changes in health care and integrate evidence-based decision making into the culture of the health care organization. Learners also develop the critical-thinking and communication skills needed to positively influence health care redesign and examine the effects of visionary leadership in the field.  For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits






At least 20 quarter credits

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

Alabama residents are not eligible to enroll in this graduate certificate.

This certificate does not prepare graduates for licensure as an RN or APRN.