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Nurse Administrator Certificate

Overview: The purpose of the Nurse Administrator certificate is to prepare nurses with a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing for certification as a nurse administrator. The Certificate is offered on-line in collaboration with the Penn State World Campus.   

Credits: The certificate requires completion of three 3-credit graduate-level Nurse Administrator didactic courses (9 credits). An optional practicum course (4 credits) is available as well.  



NURS 845: Health Care Economics and Policy for Nurse Administrators (3)
NURS 846: Leadership Concepts and Theories for Nurse Administrators (3)
NURS 847: Human Resource and Workforce Issues for Nurse Administrators (3)

The following course is optional:

NURS 848: Synthesis and Application of the Nurse Administrator Role (4)

Application Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirementOfficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must accompany the application.

Applicants must have a current license to practice professional nursing in the United States or a foreign country and hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree in nursing that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

Applications for the Nurse Administrator certificate program are reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time. The undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or greater; the graduate GPA must be 3.3 or greater.