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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration is designed for nurses who seek advanced education in nursing administration theory and practice. Areas of discussion include: decision-making strategies, team building and collaboration, fiscal management, quality improvement, and a systems approach to management from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Administration at National University, candidates must:

Meet the University requirements for graduate study, listed in the General Catalog under admission requirements; Hold a MSN degree from an accredited school of nursing (State Board of Nursing, and CCNE and/or NLNAC); Provide proof of current, active, and unencumbered RN license in the State of residence; Have completed the following courses: An graduate course in statistics; An graduate course in research methodology and application; Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; Have completed the University Application for Graduate Admissions, including the application fee; completed the eApplication to Nursing; Provide one official transcript from each college or university attended.

Additional Prerequisite Requirement

Students should be proficient in operating a personal computer, including:

Demonstrated competency in standard computer operating systems and electronic filing systems, basic keyboarding skills, organizing and sorting electronic documents; Demonstrated knowledge of standard computer applications to include Microsoft Word and; Familiarity with using internet browsers and standard email systems such as MS Outlook.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Effectively communicate with members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team in the design and management of health care delivery systems.
  2. Create and implement a plan for day-to-day operations for a clinical facility in order to maintain accreditation, to meet organizational goals, achieve quality and safety outcomes, and carry out the mission of the facility.
  3. Provide effective, caring, culturally sensitive, and fiscally responsible leadership to nurses and other members of the health care team in order to facilitate excellent in-patient care services to diverse patient populations.
  4. Develop an organizational culture that engenders lifelong learning, quality, safety, and competence in a clinical care organization.


The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration requires a minimum of 18.0 quarter units, with 18 of those units completed in residence at National University. Refer to the General Catalog section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding admission and matriculation.

Requirements for the Certificate (4 courses, 18.0 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):