Certificate in Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3817
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-1072


This certificate program focuses on development of a leadership style and skills set essential for individuals in or seeking administrative roles. The program provides a four-course grouping of classes from the MSN in Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management curriculum. Selected classes provide essential skills for supervisory and management positions that help professionals perform in their expanded roles and grow as emerging leaders.

Emphasis will be placed on fiscal and organizational management, strategic planning, integrated quality outcomes measurement, organizational structures, marketing, and management of human resources within organizations. The program provides the student with information and strategies to problem solve, make decisions, resolve conflict and operationalize the mission and goals of the healthcare delivery organization.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from a fully accredited program.
  • 3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required.
  • Personal statement describing interest in certificate program.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • One professional letter of recommendation

TOEFL Requirement

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and US permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing, and reading. American citizens born on US military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • If you take the TOEFL, you must have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions3.0
NURS 558Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy3.0
NURS 559Operations Management in Contemporary Healthcare Organizations3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Workforce Management in Healthcare Organizations
The Business of Healthcare
Strategic Management: Power, Politics and Influence in Healthcare Systems
Total Credits12.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Ms. Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor

Additional information is also available on the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management Certificate web page and the Drexel University Online Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management Certificate web page.

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