Nursing Leadership and Organizational Management Graduate Certificate

This graduate level Nursing Leadership and Organizational Management certificate program provides registered nurses the opportunity to advance their knowledge, skills and abilities without committing to an entire master’s degree. The program can fulfill continuing education credits and/or academic credits required for specialty teaching, as well as enhance your knowledge.


Coursework covers healthcare leadership and management, including emerging trends in healthcare and world health systems, developmental and accrediting trends within healthcare institutions, and government and political influence on the provision of healthcare. Curriculum includes high-level information security and advanced physical assessment with simulated patients. Courses teach students skills that are applicable to executive leadership and management with a diverse population in a global society.


At 18 credit hours, this online nursing program is designed to be completed in 12 months. ​It could take less time depending on how many classes you take each term.


The graduate rate is $350 per credit hour—but all certified or licensed patient care workers, such as nurses and technicians, qualify for the University of Arkansas Grantham Heroes Program. This program offers a graduate tuition rate of $250 per credit hour, complimentary textbooks, waived fees and more.


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Nursing Leadership and Organizational Management Graduate Certificate


  • Integrate leadership and management principles in providing safe, cost-effective care across the healthcare continuum
  • Apply organizational, patient-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in planning, delivering, managing, and evaluating, patient care
  • Design strategic plans to ensure quality assurance and quality improvement in the development and maintenance of the healthcare environment.
  • Collaborate with the interprofessional team to provide for innovation and change in the healthcare system

Nursing Leadership and Organizational Management Graduate Certificate

Program Core Credits: 18
Total Credit Hours: 18
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 18
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: NUR510 Title: Advanced Physical Assessment Credits: 3
  This course is designed to assist Registered Nurses to make the transition to Advanced Practice. Human Patient Simulation is utilized to assist in learning the six discrete components of clinical reasoning. A validated conceptual framework designed to operationalize clinical reasoning within virtual patient simulations is used. In addition to advanced physical assessment of all major body systems, students will incorporate principles of advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology through a series of Focused Exams. The Focused Exams explore a specific pathology occurring in populations across the lifespan. Infused throughout the course are the Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing and QSEN. The clinical practice experience in this course occurs through virtual simulation.
Course: HSN548 Title: Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Environments Credits: 3
  This course covers the utilization of technology in the healthcare environment from an individual and organizational point of view. Challenges faced by nurses and healthcare professionals in the dynamic technological era requires a broad understanding of the concepts of healthcare informatics. Students will be provided the tools, techniques, and resources used for specific application in the healthcare environment. Regulations for meaningful use of information in healthcare systems is explored. Students are exposed to interdisciplinary collaborative models of informatics processes which improve efficiency as well as patient experience and outcomes. This course also covers technological changes, challenges, and risks that organizations face internally or externally.
Course: NUR526 Title: Human Resources and Nursing Management Credits: 3
  This course addresses the application of behavioral sciences to management. An overview of managing the modern organization and the structure of industrial and non-industrial organizations is explored. The course emphasizes the relationship of the organization and administrative theories to the current healthcare delivery system.
Course: NUR532 Title: Leadership in Healthcare Organizations Credits: 3
  This leadership course focuses on organizational systems leadership, knowledge and skills critical to the role development of master's prepared nurses. Content includes communication, conflict resolution, collaboration and negotiation, leadership and team functioning to maximize success in the establishment of safe, effective patient-centered care in complex environments. Emphasis is on the synthesis of skills, knowledge and attitudes to coordinate holistic, evidence-based care in healthcare organizations
Course: NUR546 Title: Healthcare Strategic Management and Planning Credits: 3
  This course is focused on the business of healthcare for nurse leaders and managers. Planning for strategic challenges encountered by nursing leaders in healthcare will be explored. The course stresses the dynamic nature of issues as related to rapidly evolving healthcare delivery. Areas to be examined include organizational structure, strategic planning, operations, care delivery and evaluation of healthcare agencies. In addition, budgeting and the management of information and technology will be addressed.
Course: NUR550 Title: Executive Leadership for the 21st Century Credits: 3
  This final management and organizational leadership course challenges students to apply their leadership skills to high level leadership positions using a microsystem to a macrosystem view. The course focuses on topics pertaining to executive leadership competencies and State and Federal laws and regulations that govern professional practice. This course also prepares students for new challenges for health care leaders such as disaster and emergency management from a systems perspective as well as shifts in regulatory requirements.