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Post-Master's in Health Systems Leadership, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Certificate Post-Master's in Health Systems Leadership program offered by University of West Georgia is designed for master's prepared nurses who desire further education for roles in nursing.
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The Post-Master's in Health Systems Leadership program from University of West Georgia offers two different tracks of study:

  • The Leader/Manager Role track is designed to increase knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a variety of nursing leadership positions within the evolving healthcare environment. Courses focus on nursing leadership/management, managed care, outcome measurement, patient safety, quality improvement, cost effectiveness, patient-centered care and implementing change in the health delivery system.
  • The Clinical Nurse Leader track prepares nurses for the CNL role as developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2003). A CNL is a generalist who provides and manages care at the point of service by coordinating, delegating, and supervising care activities provided by the health care team, which includes licensed nurses, technicians, and other professionals. The CNL assumes accountability for client care outcomes by assimilating evidence-based information and using it to design, implement, and evaluate care. Courses focus on patient-centered care, evidence-based practice pharmacology, client-care coordination, holistic health assessment, care of diverse populations, health policy, health systems, business and economics, statistics, leadership/management, quality improvement, risk management, and public/community health.

Learning Objectives

  • Utilize theoretical models, information sysems and technology to perform effectively in a variety of nursing practice, leadership, and educational roles. (competence and critical thinking).
  • Critically appraise original research for practice implications in the context of evidence-based practice.
  • Examine influences on nursing practice and education, including social, economic, ethical, legal, and cultural diversity issues (conscience and critical thinking).
  • Implement evidence-based practice competences to achieve quality outcomes and enhance nursing care delivery, leadership and education (critical thinking).
  • Implement evidence-based practice competencies to achieve quality outcomes and enhance nursing care delivery, leadership and education (critical thinking).
  • Develop and implement practice, leadership, management, and teaching strategies for the improvement of healthcare or nursing education (commitment).
  • Communicate effectively using a collaborative approach to improve nursing education, the quality of professional nursing practice and the healthcare system (collaboration and communication).
  • Attain a level of scholarship congruent with preparation for doctoral study (commitment).
  • Practice nursing in leadership and education roles in a manner that reflets caring as the essence of nursing (caring).
  • Engage in advanced nursing practice that reflects a holistic view of self and others and respect for diverse cultures (holism).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    13-16 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Role of Caring Helthcare Prof
  • The Business of Healthcare: Financial and Economic Evidence
  • Health Systems Leadership: Role of the Leader/Manager
  • Health Systems Leadership Leader/Manager Practicum
  • Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum
  • Health Systems Leadership Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader Seminar

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admittance Guidelines
  • Earned Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  • Non-refundable $40.00 application fee (one time only).
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended.
  • Satisfactory certificate of immunization (if you are a new student).
  • Evidence of current unrestricted licensure to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States and evidence of licensure in the state in which the practica will occur.
  • Professional resume or curriculum vita.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    627 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 627 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    177 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 177 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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