Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Administration


Degrees offered



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The Post-MSN Nurse Administration Certificate concentrates on developing knowledge and skills critical to be effective managers and patient advocates, especially as health systems face resource constraints and changes in both health care policy and patient care delivery.

Student Outcomes

Students in this Certificate Program will be able to:

  1. Explore the role of nurse administrator through a caring science lens;
  2. Develop knowledge and skills required to create effective collaborative systems of healthcare delivery to optimize patient outcomes;
  3. Analyze research, policy, legal, and ethical problems, dynamics of finance, strategic planning, and marketing; and,
  4. Complete a mentored practicum experience designed to implement innovations that address quality and safe patient care, change management, decision - making, and healthy work environments.


Required Courses

          NUR-516C Nursing Administrative Theory and Practice (Certificate) (3)
          NUR-620C Administration in Nursing Seminar and Practicum (Certificate) (3)
          BUS-521 Health Care Economics (3)

          Choose one of the following:

          NUR-518 Health Policy (3)
          BUS-522 Essentials of Healthcare Financing (3)
          BUS-523 The Business of Healthcare (3)

          Total Credits: 12


The 12-credit Post-MSN Certificate in Nursing Administration is available to students already holding a MSN, DNP, or PhD or currently enrolled in a MSN program at NDMU. 


BUS-521 Health Care Economics

Introduces students to economic theory as it relates to the delivery of health care services. Topics include the role of health insurance financing for medical services including managed care, and its influence on consumer and provider behavior relative to the demand and supply of healthcare services. Additional topics include competition in the delivery of health care services, the role of government and regulation, whether greater expenditures on health care insures better health, cost shifting, and the challenge of measuring value in healthcare outcomes. [ 3 credits ]

NUR-516C Nursing Administrative Theory and Practice (Certificate)

This course uses caring science and administrative theory and management principles and processes to examine management/administration roles in healthcare organizations.  Students use frameworks for decision making, change management, and strategic planning to consider assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of strategic initiatives applicable to nursing leadership.  This course will consider the perspectives of various stakeholders involved in operational and strategic decision-making and strategies for communication Open only for students enrolled in the Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Administration program.  [3 credits]

NUR-518 Health Policy

Examines historical and current health policy issues related to socio-political environment, economics of health care, legislative and regulatory influences and how these apply to the practice of the nurse leader. Considers the various stakeholders involved in health policy and their perspectives and strategies.  [3 credits].

NUR-620C Administration in Nursing Seminar and Practicum (Certificate)

This course focuses on exploration of theory through participation, research, and observation of organizational functioning and nursing leadership.  Students co?design practicum objectives with a nursing administrator preceptor in a clinical setting.  Through the lens of Caring Science, emphasis is on organizational and departmental structure.  Open only for students enrolled in the Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Administration program.  [3 credits]