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About the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership

Why Study Nursing Leadership at Cedarville?

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career as an advanced practice nurse, Cedarville University’s School of Nursing now offers a graduate certificate in nursing leadership that will prepare you to effectively serve and lead in the nursing field. This 12-credit certificate is available to current Master of Science in Nursing students or nurses who have already completed a graduate nursing degree.

Cedarville also offers an MSN + MBA option that allows you to add a Master of Business Administration to your graduate nursing degree, equipping you for high-level administrative positions within hospitals, medical offices, and other care facilities.

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$5,000 Scholarship Offer

A limited number of $5,000 scholarships are now available to new graduate nursing students with financial need. Apply now to see if you qualify!

What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Advanced Practice

    Cedarville's M.S.N. will equip you with the training and skills you need to serve as an advanced practice nurse.
  • Online

    All MSN and DNP courses are offered in an online format, with flexible part-time and full-time completion options.

Program Overview

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership Highlights

Speed to Completion — Completed in just four seven-week online courses.

Value Added — If you are currently enrolled in an MSN program or already have your MSN, a 15-credit hour graduate certificate will add value to your education.

What Can You Do With a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership?

This certificate will enable you to develop and apply the skills demanded of nurse leaders. The foundation of knowledge you will develop in topics including organizational behavior, quality and safety, and strategic decision-making, will enable to you to be an effective leader in multiple healthcare settings. You will collaborate with a diverse team of medical providers to ensure the delivery of evidence-based patient care.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.

Graduate Certificate Cost Information

Program Start Dates — You can enroll and begin classes in August, January, or May.

Program Curriculum

You will take four three-credit courses to complete the certificate, focusing on quality and safety, organizational behavior, and strategic decision-making.

  • Advancing Quality and Safety
  • Leading Toward Excellence
  • Managing Organizational Behavior
  • Transforming Healthcare Through Strategic Decision-Making

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Program Contacts

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Maggie Hess

Director of Graduate Recruiting - Nursing and Ministry Programs


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Kim Higginbotham, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS

Associate Professor of Nursing


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