Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership is offered to professional registered nurses who possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or related field, Masters in Nursing (MSN) or related field or Doctorate. Courses provide nurses with foundational knowledge and essential skills to fulfill leadership and management roles in various healthcare settings. In addition, credits earned are eligible to be applied to the MSN Program, Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration track.

Specific knowledge, skills and attributes of the Certificate are organized into four areas:

1. Interprofessional communication and collaboration
2. Knowledge of the healthcare environment
3. Healthcare business skills
4. Theoretical concepts of leadership


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership, students will be able to:

  • Apply oral, written and technological communication skills in an effective manner.
  • Apply evidenced-based and outcome-measurement knowledge to a nursing leadership role.
  • Attain effective utilization of healthcare business skills in the achievement of organizational goals.
  • Integrate leadership theory



You’ll find there are several ways Alvernia can help make your education more affordable. Alvernia offers a competitive tuition rate in conjunction with financial aid options, employer reimbursement and a tuition deferment plan. Additionally, Alvernia has preferred pricing options with all area hospitals. Contact your HR supervisor or an enrollment coordinator today for more information.


Admission Process

Alvernia continually reviews and accepts applications, making it easy to become part of our learning community. This process helps you start classes according to your schedule.


Curriculum Overview

Students have an opportunity to create a course of study based on their needs and interests. Students can choose one course from each competency area for a total of four courses from the following list:


  1. Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration
    • NUR 570: Healthcare Informatics
    • NUR 611: Interprofessional Collaboration:  Leadership Skills to Increate Cultural Competency
  2. Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment 
    • NUR 515: Effective Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
    • NUR 635: Health Policy, Politics, and Advocacy
  3. Healthcare Business Skills
    • NUR 525: Financial Management for Healthcare Leaders
    • NUR 535: Human Resources Management in Healthcare Organizations
  4. Theoretical Concepts of Leadership
    • NUR 515: Effective Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
    • NUR 611: Interprofessional Collaboration:  Leadership Skills to Increase Cultural Competency
    • NUR 625: Leadership in Advanced Administrative Practice Roles


Contact Admissions:


Brienne Henninger
Admissions Advisor, Graduate and Adult Education

Graduate Programs

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