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Leadership in Healthcare Systems


Masters in Nursing Administration degree

Hone your leadership skills and position yourself for new career possibilities by earning a Leadership in Healthcare Systems post-graduate certificate, 100% online from Jacksonville University. 

This certificate is an excellent opportunity for nurses holding an MSN or DNP degree to further establish their administrative credentials and help position themselves for career advancement.

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Career Paths


A Leadership in Healthcare Systems post-graduate certificate fortifies your nursing skills with business acumen and management training. You’ll be able to oversee the work of others while resolving conflicts and making crucial decisions for your organization.

Many of the positions for which you’ll be eligible will draw directly on your nursing background, such as a Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Administrator and other leadership roles. Others, though, are more generally part of the healthcare system:

  • Healthcare Executive
  • Health Administrators – Specialists or Generalists 
    • Specialists head up specific clinical departments or services, while generalists manage (or help manage) entire facilities or systems
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Clinical Managers
  • Health Service Managers
  • Program Administrator

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for medical and health services managers in May 2015 was $94,500.

Who Should Enroll?


The Leadership in Healthcare Systems post-graduate certificate is an ideal fit for RNs with graduate degrees whose ambitions include leadership and administrative roles. As a leader in the healthcare system, you’ll likely be advising senior management based on best practices in nursing and patient care, planning new patient services, developing policies and procedures, and hiring nursing staff.

This post-graduate certificate is also excellent for those who wish to obtain goals quickly and don’t currently have the resources to pursue a full healthcare management or administration degree. You’ll deal with key leadership topics that can help you achieve success in any healthcare leadership position.
To apply, you’ll need to have:

  • Graduated from an ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) or CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)-accredited MSN or DNP nursing program with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale 
  • A current unencumbered U.S. RN license

The certificate is for-credit, so students must apply and be admitted to the university.

What You'll Learn


While earning your Leadership in Healthcare Systems post-graduate certificate you’ll study concepts related to financial management, human resource management and quality and safety analysis in the healthcare system.

You’ll be introduced to federal and state laws/regulations, financial management of patient care delivery, and development of strategic plans in healthcare organizations. Curriculum will also include analyzing quality management and safety for system effectiveness to improve outcomes of healthcare.

You’ll emerge prepared to promote and preserve healthy communities, play a vital role in the economic and administrative viability of healthcare organizations, and be directly involved with the implementation of new technologies and clinical interventions.