Nursing Leadership and Management

Total cost:

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Application due date for January 9, 2023 term: January 6

Estimated time to completion: 7 Months

Take your career further.

Are you a nurse with your eye on a leadership role? Are you a new nursing manager or director and want to enhance your skills and marketability? If nursing leadership is your goal, this is the program for you. This graduate-level certificate program will prepare you for the challenges you’ll face as a leader in today’s complex and demanding healthcare environment. Discover how to model leadership that reflects ethical and critical decision-making, collaborative relationships, responsible fiscal stewardship, and principles of quality improvement.


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What you can expect.

  • Learn to Lead Be prepared to lead in today’s healthcare systems. You’ll learn to engage in change management, quality improvement and development of action plans to improve outcomes. From the business perspective, you’ll study human resource management, budgetary and financial analysis and developing strong communication skills.
  • In-Demand Skills Qualified nurse leaders are in demand, and they must be prepared to manage the significant strains and demands on the healthcare system. This program is designed to give you the skills you need to meet those demands and become a competent nurse leader across the healthcare continuum. The courses completed in this certificate can also be applied toward your MSN at ACE.
  • Quality Improvement Focus Quality improvement is a high priority in healthcare right now. In this program, you’ll learn how to apply quality improvement methods, tools and performance measures to guide patient care, understand accreditation requirements as well as influence organizational decision making. Plus you’ll learn effective communication techniques to promote a vision for your organization and your community.
  • Understand Tech Today’s nursing leaders whether they be acute care, homecare, or telehealth based need to understand the role of technology in their healthcare environment. We’ll show you how to do that, with courses that will demonstrate the use of technology and information systems to support your organization’s quality improvement and goals.

The Certificate in Nursing Leadership & Management is not available in Utah, Washington (state) or Wyoming.

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • NUR5103 Leadership and Management Theory in Nursing 3 semester credits
  • NUR5113 Management of Financial Resources in Nursing 3 semester credits
  • NUR5123 Relationships Through Communication 3 semester credits
Bette Bogdan, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Bette Bogdan, Ph.D.
Chair, Nursing,
Department of Nursing
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A Note About Licensure:

Students who complete certificates that are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

Students are strongly encouraged to check licensure requirements in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate to determine whether they are eligible for licensure, endorsement, or certification. It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure in their state. State licensing requirements and licensing agency information may be found here

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Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management

Total Tuition

15 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$600 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


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State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

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Admission Requirements

Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management

  • Bachelor's in Nursing or Highest Post- Baccalaureate degree earned in Nursing   
  • Minimum grade point average cumulative 2.50 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • Active unencumbered Registered Nurse License​

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).


Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 15 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Nursing Courses (15 semester credits)

This course focuses on knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to design, implement, and evaluate patient- centered, culturally appropriate care for individuals or populations. Students analyze the multiple dimensions of patient-centered care to include patient/family/community preferences, values, culture, communication, and health literacy. Students are prepared to intervene at the systems level through policy development and advocacy to influence healthcare. Additionally, students will evaluate use of information systems and technology in nursing practice.
Effective nurse leaders learn and apply leadership and strategic management theories to guide their actions and transform evidence into quality practice. This course prepares students to serve in key positions to participate in decision making, advocacy, strategic planning, and to manage change that affects patient care.  Operations, marketing, informatics, and decision-making strategies are explored to increase understanding of the strategic business aspect of nursing.
In this course, students connect caring and quality patient care delivery with efficiency and effective financial strategies. They learn to apply evidence-based decision making as it relates to the financial responsibility of the healthcare facility, utilizing resources available to them through the private and public sector and related to the development, delivery and evaluation of patient-centered care. Students learn to apply financial principles to budget forecasting and managerial oversight, capital budgeting and variance analysis. The economics of the US healthcare system will be considered. 
This course teaches students how to build relationships in the community, in a clinical setting, and in an academic environment through effective oral and written communication. Students acquire conflict resolution skills and behavior management techniques by translating data-driven research into practical communication strategies. Emphasis is placed on inter-professional communication, cultural competency, and communication with diverse populations. The course is based on human resource principles, including hiring, separation, and conflict management, team building. 
In this course, students demonstrate understanding of the healthcare system and the environment in which healthcare administrators function and serve. The use of strategy management tools to create operational goals and objectives and to identify and leverage marketing opportunities is emphasized. Students investigate transformational thinking as it refers to the changing healthcare environment. They also apply technology as an innovation that impacts practice.