Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Administrator


Degrees offered



Main Campus

The Post-MSN Nurse Administrator 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.


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 Nurse Administrator is available to students already holding an MSN, DNP, or PhD or currently enrolled in an 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 ]

BUS-522 Essentials of Healthcare Financing

Introduces the learner to the basics of accounting and financial management; enables students to read and analyze operating and capital budgets. This course id designed for the non-financial healthcare manager who must be able to understand and effectively use financial concepts and tools. [ 3 credits ](MSN students only)

BUS-523 The Business of Healthcare

Introduces the language and theory of customer service, negotiation and the marketing process. Students will examine the framework and components of customer service and negotiation as applied to the healthcare industry. Students will also study core healthcare marketing concepts and the important role a marketing plan plays in supporting the implementation of an organization's strategic plan. This course is highly interactive and utilizes role play, case analysis, and group/team assignments. [ 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 Nurse Administrator Certificate.  [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 Nurse Administrator Certificate program.  [3 credits]