Certificate in Nurse Administration & Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL)

College of Science, Health and the Environment
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Nurse Administrator and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL) Graduate Certificate

The Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL) Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate prepares early career and current nurse leaders in the areas of nursing and healthcare leadership. The certificate program emphasizes the key areas of leadership essential to successfully navigating complex healthcare systems while in a leadership role. Credits earned can be applied toward the Masters of Science with Major in Nursing (NAOSL Emphasis) for students who would like to earn a graduate degree.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Graduate Nursing Program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • BS or BA in nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC), NLN, or CCNE accredited university.
  • Current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the US (does not need to be MN).
  • Total cumulative local GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate courses at the institution where the baccalaureate nursing degree was awarded.

Additional Admission Notes for Non-Minnesota Applicants

Non-Minnesota applicants are not fully admitted until the Department of Higher Education in the applicant's state of residence has approved distance education/online programs from the state of Minnesota. (Other state approvals, including but not limited to, the state's Board of Nursing, must also be in place.) Students must check with Graduate Program Coordinator prior to accepting admission. Should the student move after s/he applies to the program, it is his/her responsibility to check with the Graduate Program Coordinator whether continuation in the program is possible in the student’s new location.

Post-Admission Requirements:

  • Hold an active and unencumbered RN license from a state within the US. If clinical practica will occur in a state other than Minnesota or North Dakota, the student must have an unencumbered RN license in the state where practica will be completed.
  • The Department of Higher Education, the Board of Nursing, and possibly other agencies where the student will have their practica (Department of Higher Education, Board of Nursing, others) must first agree with MSUM offering distance nursing education in the state. It is the student's responsibility to check with the Graduate Program Coordinator whether clinicals in a state other than MN are possible.
  • Stay in compliance with the required documentation/immunization policy for Graduate Nursing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership post-baccalaureate certificate program, graduates are expected to:

NAOSLC1. Incorporate theoretical contributions and scientific knowledge of the discipline into nursing practice, nursing administration, and nursing leadership.
NAOSLC2. Collaborate in scholarly activities of inquiry related nursing practice, nursing administration, and nursing leadership.
NAOSLC3. Contribute to the improvement of health policy, delivery of health services, and the financing of health care.
NAOSLC4. Demonstrate competency in the specialized role of nurse administrator and/or leader within the context of independent and collaborative nursing practice.

Program Delivery Mode
Online Exclusive: must be completed entirely online; no face-to-face options available

Core Requirements ( 14 credits )

NURS 605 Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Regulatory Management (3)
NURS 628 Healthcare Delivery Systems, Policy, and Reimbursement (3)
NURS 638 Health Information Systems (3)
NURS 650 Organizational Strategy and Systems Leadership (3)
NURS 644P Nursing Adm. & Org Systems Leadership Practicum Capstone I (3) OR
NURS 645P Nursing Adm. & Org Systems Leadership Practicum Capstone II (3)