Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Case Management

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Case Management

With the Affordable Care Act goal to foster innovation of low-cost healthcare delivery models, many accountable healthcare organizations (ACOs) are using case managers to help provide high-quality coordinated patient care. According to the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), case managers help meet comprehensive health needs through communication and using available resources to promote patient safety, quality of care, and cost-effective outcomes (CMSA, 2017). Case managers help patients make the informed choices to better manage the complex world of healthcare. Case managers need to have knowledge of the case management process, analyze the standards of practice for case management, utilization management, benefit management, resource coordination, and transition of care. With a need for an increase in case managers to work with a population with an increase in chronic illnesses and an aging nurse case manager workforce, the Nursing Department at Framingham State University has collaborated with healthcare organizations to develop the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Case Management.

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Case Management is comprised of three case management courses, two didactic courses and one practicum course.  The certificate provides students with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be effective case managers. Completion of this program will enable the student to successfully implement case management practices including care coordination and transition in healthcare settings.  Certificate completers may be eligible for the Certified Case Manager (CCM) Exam offered by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) or the Nursing Case Management Board Certification Exam (RN-BC) offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Certificate Outcomes:Upon completion of the graduate certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the concepts, standards of practice, and trends in healthcare that define and impact the role of case managers.
  • Employ knowledge of case management principles, health promotion, care coordination, and quality management.
  • Apply case management processes utilizing knowledge of healthcare systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in providing case management services to individuals in healthcare environments.
  • Implement case management practices and standards in healthcare settings.


Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed Graduate Certificate Application form.
  • Possess a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing, degree from a regionally accredited college or university which is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and/or the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA).
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Hold a current, unrestricted MA, RI, or NH nursing license as a Registered Nurse.
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose which includes the applicant’s professional goals.
  • Interview with Certificate faculty.

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit is permitted in this certificate program.


For further information about the Graduate Certificate in Simulation for Nursing Educator, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 508-626-4501.


Certificate Course Requirements (3):

  • NURM 910: Professional Foundations and Care Coordination
  • NURM 920: Quality Management and Health Promotion
  • NURM 980: Seminar and Practicum in Case Management


Completion Requirements

To be successfully complete the graduate certificate, the student must have a GPA of 3.00 overall and complete the following courses with a B- (2.7) or better:


 Effective 2020-2021