Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Leadership

The Post-master’s Certificate in Nursing Leadership is comprised of four graduate level nursing leadership courses, including two practicum courses. The certificate will provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and expertise to be effective nurse leaders and managers in a variety of roles. Graduates may be eligible for the Nurse Executive specialty certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification through the Commission of Nurse Certifications (CNC), an affiliate of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Certificate Outcomes: Upon completion of the post-master’s certificate, students will be able to:

  • Model key behaviors of nursing leadership to execute an effective structured team process
  • Apply leadership and management principles in the allocation and organization of personnel and resources in a variety of health care delivery systems.
  • Practice leadership skills including communication, decision making, team building, mentoring, and empowerment to successfully assume a nurse leader role.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a change project that contributes to the improved functioning of a healthcare organization.


Admission Requirements

  • The program is open to Registered Nurses (RN’s) who possess a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program, with a minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Hold a current MA, RI, or NH nursing license
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from Master’s prepared nurses.
  • Personal statement of professional goals.
  • Complete the Graduate Certificate Application form to apply for the Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education.

For further information about the Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at508-626-4501.



Transfer Credit

No transfer credit is permitted in this certificate program.


Certificate Course Requirements (4):

  • NURL 943 Strategic Planning for Nursing’s Future
  • NURL 953 Role in Health Care Systems
  • NURL 983 Practicum in Organizational Management (Practicum I)
  • NURL 993 Internship in Independent Leadership Skills (Practicum II)


Classes are offered in the hybrid/blended learning format, meeting face-to-face seven to eight times a semester on Tuesdays 5-9pm for students entering in even years or Wednesdays 5-9pm for students entering in odd years.