Graduate Certificates in Nursing Overview

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration or Nursing Education

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration and the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education are stand-alone certificates. Completion of a MSN degree is a prerequisite to admission to the graduate certificate program. The certificate will be awarded upon completion of the five graduate-level specialty courses, totaling 15 credit hours. The courses will be offered in a hybrid delivery format with 3 face-to-face classes and interaction enhanced by online discussions and learning activities.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration:

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration is a post graduate certificate to provide advanced administrative skills to nurses that have a non-administration focused Master of Science in Nursing degree. Students earning a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration will possess the knowledge and skills required to function as an effective nurse administrator. Graduates will be able to apply sound theoretical, evidence-based concepts and strategies to ensure organizational quality and delivery of patient care, establish a professional practice environment, facilitate shared governance, establish an interdisciplinary care model for diverse populations in multiple settings, manage resources with vision and accountability, and provide leadership in the utilization of research.

Required courses for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration are:

  • MSN 6200 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Administration (3)
  • MSN 6324 - Financial Issues in Nursing Administration (3)
  • MSN 6340 - Compliance with Legal and Regulatory Systems in Patient Care Delivery (3)
  • MSN 6300 - Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Risk Issues in Patient Care Delivery (3)
  • MSN 6380 - Retaining and Developing a Competent Workforce in Nursing (3)

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education:

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education is a post graduate certificate to provide advanced educator skills to nurses that have a non-education focused Master of Science in Nursing degree. Students earning a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education will possess the knowledge and skills required to function as an effective nurse educator. Current master’s prepared educators can update or expand their knowledge in curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, and revitalize their teaching and learning strategies. Combining current professional expertise with the knowledge of teaching and learning strategies, students will expand and enhance the role of a health care or academic based educator. The students will be able to apply sound theoretical, evidence-based concepts and strategies to augment their individual learning and provide leadership in the utilization of research.

Required courses for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education are:

  • MSN 6500 - Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Education (3)
  • MSN 6520 - Curriculum Development for Nursing Educators (3)
  • MSN 6540 - Measurement of Competence and Outcomes in Nursing Education (3)
  • MSN 6580 - Clinical Nursing Instruction in Higher Education and Community Settings (3)
  • MSN 6600 - Nursing Instruction in Higher Education and Community Settings (3)

Program Prerequisites:
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration or in Nursing Education is a stand-alone certificate. Completion of a MSN degree is a prerequisite to admission to the graduate certificate program.

Grade Requirements:
A minimum grade of “B-” is required in all courses and an overall program GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Credit Hour Requirements:
A minimum of 15 credit hours is required.

Certificate courses may not be concurrently applied towards the WSU MSN degree.


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