Nursing Leadership Graduate Certificate –Online Program

Offered by: Wilmington University

College credits: 15 Credits

Course length: 7-15 Weeks



About the Post-M.S.N. Nursing Leadership Certificate

As employment opportunities and demands of the health care environment change, nurses at the graduate level need additional specialty education. The College of Health Professions at Wilmington University has developed several options for nurses holding an earned M.S.N. degree: Executive, Educator, and Legal Nurse Consultant certificates.

All candidates for the post-master’s certificate must make an application to the program as a certificate candidate and must meet the admission requirements for the M.S.N. program. A course of study may be individualized based on the type of M.S.N. held by the candidate. Applicants may obtain a Graduate Certificate Program Form by downloading it from the Wilmington University Registrar’s webpage.

Post-M.S.N. Nursing Leadership Certificate Program Competencies

Through completion of the selected certification program, graduates will:

Executive Role
  1. Demonstrate a firm knowledge base in the areas of executive and management theories.
  2. Fill a leadership role in executive nursing practice through collaboration; client, staff, and management advocacy; sensitivity to diversity; and ongoing involvement in professional organizations.
  3. Negotiate an appropriate role within the context of an evolving health care system.
Educator Role
  1. Incorporate findings from teaching/learning theories and research to educate individuals and groups.
  2. Fulfill a leadership role in the area of education by facilitating and encouraging the exploration and application of knowledge.
Legal Nurse Consultant
  1. Implement knowledge of the medical and legal system to meet the needs of their clients and society.
  2. Negotiate an appropriate role within the dynamic legal system.
  3. Promote the art of nursing by valuing the unique relationships among people, which create meaning and preserve human dignity.
Course of Study

This PMC Certificate course sequencing is for MSN Leadership students who are starting their program in Fall I 2016 and after.  Students that began their certificate program before Fall I 2016 should contact their program chair for course sequencing.


Students are required to take the following:

15 Credits
  • MSN 6612 Nurse Executive Seminar I (Must be taken before II)
  • MSN 6613 Nurse Executive Seminar II
  • MGT 6501 Organization Theory and Design

Students select one course from the following Graduate College of Business courses:
  • HCA 7720 Health Policy and Economics
  • HCA 7730 Health Insurance and Reimbursement
  • HCA 7740 Legal Aspects in Health Care
  • HCA 7745 Marketing in the Health Care Sector
  • MGT 6503 Leadership Development and Change Management

Final Course Requirement

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete.

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Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.


With financial aid, Guild students attending Wilmington University may be eligible to pay a fraction of the published cost to advance their education. For example, Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published course or program cost to earn their bachelor's degree when taking advantage of:

●      Federal financial aid funds (not available for all certificates)
●      Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
●      The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit.
●      Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.
Active Military or Veteran? If so, talk to your coach or Wilmington University about your eligibility for additional tuition benefits.


●      WilmU’s online classes are primarily offered in 15-week and 7-week formats and you can start every other month.
●      Take your classes online, with flexibility to balance work, school, family, and personal life.
●      Gain knowledge and skills that are career-relevant and can be applied tomorrow.
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