Certificate of Advanced Studies in Nursing Leadership: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


Designed to equip you with the appropriate skills to step into managerial and administrative roles, the online post-Master's Nursing Leadership Certificate's curriculum ensures you'll learn the nuances of nursing leadership in both theoretical and practical contexts.

You may transfer in up to 9 credits for previously completed coursework equivalent to NUR 604 Advanced Pathophysiology, NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacology I, and NUR 611 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning I.

Sample Plans of Study

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The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Nursing Leadership Total Hours:

NUR 633 Health Care Finance & BudgetingCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the impact of finances on the delivery of healthcare services. You'll explore the basics of healthcare financial management, including budget development, personnel (FTE) allocation, cost analysis, and management of financial resources—such as capital equipment and supply budget.

NUR 627 Organizational Theory & Human Relations ManagementCredit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of theories of organizations with a particular focus on the dynamics of human resource management. Given the changing and complex nature of healthcare organizations, you'll be prepared to respond to a number of workforce issues and demands, including a culturally diverse workforce and generational differences among staff.

NUR 628 Innovative Leadership in Health CareCredit Hours: 3

The focus of this course is to prepare you to lead and manage complex health care organizations, in an environment of continuous change and fiscal challenges. In addition, you'll need vision and skills in managing the changes required to close the gap between the latest research and implementation of evidence-based care in healthcare settings.

NUR 631 Nursing Leadership Theory & Practice ICredit Hours: 3

This course provides an observed leadership practicum with an experienced nurse leader. You will develop advanced practice nurse leader skills associated with organizational management theory, analytical skills, collaboration, and decision-making. You'll also develop a leadership project with an experienced nurse leader and participate in 90 clock hours of practicum.

Prerequisites: NUR 627, NUR 628

NUR 632 Nursing Leadership Theory & Practice IICredit Hours: 3

This course provides an observed leadership practicum with an experienced nurse leader and builds on the knowledge of organizational leadership and quality improvement. You will integrate advanced knowledge and skills into practical applications in the role of nurse leader. You will also implement a leadership project with an experienced nurse leader and participate in 90 clock hours of practicum.

Prerequisites: NUR 631

NUR 637 Mediation, Conflict Resolution & NegotiationCredit Hours: 3

This course will prepare you with the foundational knowledge to engage and resolve conflict in the diverse interdisciplinary health care system. You'll also explore the dynamics of conflict and communication theory within the organizational setting.

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