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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administrator Online

Advance into an administrative or executive role and improve your healthcare organization from within when you develop high-level skills in communication and organizational leadership.

02/24/23 Next Application Due Date
03/13/23 Next Class Start Date


What You Need to Know About Our Online Nurse Administrator Graduate Certificate

$5,250 Program Tuition
As few as 4-8 months Program Duration
15 Credit Hours

Empower your practice with unlimited growth opportunities by earning your Graduate Certificate in Nurse Administrator online from Northwest Missouri State University. This accelerated program does not require you to have an MSN and gives you career-boosting, master’s-level knowledge in as few as four to eight months.

In this program, you will focus on how to achieve high quality and safe patient care through systems and organizational leadership. You will learn to navigate reimbursement structures, efficient models of care, and financial policy; facilitate the management and coordination of patient care between interprofessional teams utilizing communication, collaboration, and consultation; and establish a culture that promotes innovation and application of research outcomes.

This dynamic and student-centered online certificate program gives you practical knowledge that is tailored to your interests and professional goals. You will build an employer-ready portfolio throughout the program, culminating with an experiential capstone project.

Our nursing faculty have both academic and industry experience to ensure your education has real-world applications. Plus, you will have regular contact with a faculty mentor and a nurse expert who can help maximize your learning and you can consult about your progress.

The nurse administrator certificate program prepares you to:

  • Understand the components needed to support a cost-effective healthcare system
  • Oversee laws and policies to manage legal exposure
  • Utilize healthcare informatics to improve healthcare services

Nurse administrator career opportunities include:

  • Nursing Director
  • Surgery Center Administrative Director
  • Practice Administrator
  • Chief Nursing Officer

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Tuition and Fees

Details on Our Affordable Tuition

Our Graduate Certificate – Nurse Administrator online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$350 Per Credit Hour
$5,250 Program Tuition*

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
Graduate Certificate – Nurse Administrator $350 $1,050 $5,250*

Important Refund Information

2nd day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
6th day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
8th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current amounts are based on 2020-21 tuition rates. Textbooks and laptops are not included with tuition.

According to Emsi Burning Glass, the growth rate for directors of nursing is at least 8% over the next 10 years in Missouri and the contiguous states.


Northwest Online Dates and Deadlines

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

02/24/23 Next Application Due Date
03/13/23 Next Class Start Date

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 1 01/11/23 01/03/23 01/03/23 01/04/23 01/06/23 03/03/23
Spring 2 03/13/23 02/24/23 03/01/23 03/07/23 03/08/23 04/28/23
Summer 1 05/09/23 04/25/23 04/28/23 05/02/23 05/04/23 06/23/23
Summer 2 06/26/23 06/09/23 06/14/23 06/16/23 06/21/23 08/11/23
Fall 1 08/21/23 08/07/23 08/10/23 08/14/23 08/16/23 10/06/23
Fall 2 10/16/23 10/02/23 10/05/23 10/09/23 10/11/23 12/01/23

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northwest?


Here’s How to Get Started

At Northwest, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the Graduate Certificate – Nurse Administrator online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution
GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
Nursing license Active and unencumbered

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Required Documentation

To apply for the Graduate Certificate – Nurse Administrator program, you must have:

  • An official undergraduate transcript from an accredited nursing program showing you have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in BSN coursework
  • An unencumbered United States issued Registered Nursing license

Official transcript(s) can be emailed to: [email protected]. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Take a Look at Your Nurse Administrator Certificate Coursework

For the online Graduate Certificate in Nurse Administrator, the curriculum is comprised of five courses (15 credit hours).

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Nursing leaders recognize organizational and systems leadership are critical to the promotion of high quality and safe patient care. Leadership skills are needed that emphasize ethical and critical decision-making, effective working relationships and a systems-perspective (AACN, 2011). This course focuses on the essential competencies nurse executives require to lead within modern healthcare organizations. Includes an experiential learning experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The nurse executive needs to understand and manage the financial implications within the healthcare system. This course will focus on reimbursement systems, effective and efficient models of nursing care, and financial policy. Processes for operational and capital budgeting, strategic planning, revenue management, and forecasting will be examined. Includes an experiential learning experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Nursing leaders recognize they serve as members and leaders of interprofessional teams in order to communicate, collaborate, and consult with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care (AACN, 2011). They must work to establish a healthy, ethical, and safe workplace environment. This course will focus on relationship-building, human resource management, conflict resolution, change theory, mentorship, coaching, workplace diversity, and shared governance. Includes an experiential learning experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Nurse executives are life-long learners. They use the leadership role to establish an organizational culture and processes to promote research innovation and application of research outcomes to practice (AACN, 2011). This course will focus on knowledge translation to practice models, research evaluation and dissemination, IRB requirements, evidence-based practice application, and quality improvement processes. Includes an experiential learning experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The nurse executive leads, influences, and governs within the healthcare environment to foster a culture of clinical excellence, innovation, transformation, and engagement (ANA, 2016). In this course students will participate in an experiential learning experience with a nurse leader within a healthcare organization. They will apply complex knowledge and skills to address the developing needs of the healthcare system. The student will design an evidence-based, data supported master’s leadership project. Completion of this capstone fulfills the graduate professional development requirement. Includes an experiential learning experience.

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