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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership

Program URL:
Faculty working with Students: 1
Students: 5
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall Defaul
  • Spring Defaul
  • Spokane: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

This certificate program has been designed for nurse administrators who are seeking advanced education in organizational leadership, quality management/care management, professional practice environments, organizational systems management and communications/collaboration. For certificate program completion, each student must successfully complete the following three-credit-hour theory courses: NURS 532, Resource Stewardship; NURS 565, Information Management for Clinical Practice; NURS 576, Organizational Leadership, and NURS 591, Quality Improvement/Outcomes and Program Evaluation. These courses explore key concepts relevant to today’s healthcare marketplace and are presented from the perspective of multiple clinical practice settings, including acute care institutions, clinic and outpatient settings, public health environments, and community health settings. Students who complete these 12 hours of graduate level educational courses may be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Nurse Executive, Advanced certification, pending attainment of all eligibility criteria. Courses are taught in a hybrid mix of face-to-face and web-based delivery. Through web-based technology, educational software, streaming video, communication tools and electronic email, this program is accessible to potential and current nurse executives and other interested nurses in their home communities.

Admission Requirements:

– a bachelor’s degree
– admitted to the MN program
– a minimum 3.00 grade point average in undergraduate work (exceptions may be made based on substantial evidence of extra-scholastic qualifications)
– successful completion of a basic statistics course
– favorable recommendations regarding practice and potential for graduate work in nursing
– RN license to practice nursing in Washington
– written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus
– complete a written interview

Student Opportunities:


Career Opportunities:

Leadership positions in agencies, hospitals, and clinics.

Faculty Members:

Allen, Carol B, Ph.D.

Contact Information:

Mel Haberman