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Nursing Leadership Post Master's Certificate

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Carlos Urrutia
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The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership is designed to provide academic preparation for nurses in a variety of clinical settings in the core competencies of nursing leadership.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Method of Delivery


Time to Completion

4 semesters


The certificate is intended for nurses who are either working in clinical settings as nurse managers, or who seek to transition into leadership roles in the near future.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • NGR5064C Advanced Skills for the Advanced Practice Nurse (2)
    This advanced skill course enables learners to develop skills for use in primary clinical practice. Students explore both the theoretical and practice aspects of a variety of procedures and diagnostic modalities including microscopy, suturing, EKG (basic and advanced), radiology, casting and splinting and dermatological procedures.
  • NGR5102 Theoretical Constructs for Nursing Science (3)
    This course is designed to assist the learner in analyzing and evaluating selected theories appropriate for advanced-practice nursing. Topics cover the relationship between theory, practice, and research; sources of theory for the discipline; contributions and philosophies of early nurse leaders and theorists, as well as those from other disciplines that are appropriate to health care; the development and evaluation of nursing knowledge and theory; as well as the analysis and application of theories and models in nursing practice, education, administration, and research.
  • NGR5140 Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts in Nursing Science (4)
    This course is designed to acquaint the nursing graduate student with the principals of pathophysiology appropriate to entry-level graduate work.
  • NGR5638 Health Promotion and Program Planning (3)
    This course focuses on the development of concepts and skills for advanced risk assessment and the synthesis of knowledge and strategies to promote healthy lifestyles in client populations. Health promotion models and evidence-based strategies are used to design programs to address behavioral and social factors that contribute to morbidity and morality in diverse populations.
  • NGR5770 Nursing Leadership and Resource Management (3)
    This course examines leadership theories and evidence based management strategies for application in health care clinical systems. Course content focuses on leadership and management principles, systems thinking and problem solving, organizational structure, and strategic planning to promote quality health care organizations. Strategies for effective communication, conflict resolution, team building and interprofessional collaboration are explored. Emphasis is placed on the student's professional development as a leader in transforming patient care delivery systems.
  • NGR5871 Managing Information and Technology in Health Systems (3)
    This course examines the critical elements and use of healthcare information systems and patient-care technology as applied to healthcare delivery, quality improvement, patient safety, and the evaluation of organizational outcomes. Topics cover health applications related to clinical, administrative research, and educational decision making, with emphasis on the exploration of issues and trends related to human-technology interface, implementation science, ethics, and cultural diversity.
  • NGR6896 Health Care and Organizational Change (3)
    This course provides an examination of the U.S. health care system and its development within a historical context. Current issues in health systems leadership and organizational change are explored. Focus is on analysis and evaluation of concepts such as economic and societal/cultural forces in the health care industry, health disparities, political and governmental issues related to health care change, trends in reimbursement, regulatory changes, and advanced practice nursing roles related to system evolution.

Total Credit Hours



Applicants must be Florida residents and possess a Masters of Nursing Science Degree with competitive Grade Point Average and current Florida RN License.

Application Procedures

Fax or mail to the College of Nursing: official Transcripts and a copy of the applicant's current Florida RN License.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to complete the program.


The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2018-19 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

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