Post-BSN Certificate – Nursing Management and Leadership

100% Online

Earn a certificate of advanced graduate studies in nursing at Messiah University

Post-BSN Certificate – Nursing Management and Leadership

100% Online

Earn your Post-BSN certificate in Nursing Management and Leadership and prepare for a leadership role. 

Messiah University offers a post-BSN certificate for nurses who wish to advance their career in management and leadership roles. Our graduate certificate in nursing management and leadership emphasizes ethical and critical decision making so that you can create a professional environment at the direct care level.

Courses & Curriculum
Tuition & Aid
How to Apply
Why Messiah?

Post-BSN Certificate – Nursing Management and Leadership overview

Messiah University’s online post-BSN certificate in Nursing Management and Leadership provides an option for post-BSN graduates who work in direct care management roles to gain knowledge and advanced leadership and management skills. Our certificate can help prepare you to pursue an MSN degree.

Program details
  • 13 credits
  • Includes clinical experiences
  • Course credits can be applied toward Messiah’s MSN degree
  • Online coursework
  • No-fee tuition
  • No application fee
  • Completion in one or two years
  • Clinical head nurse
  • Team leader
  • Nurse manager

Messiah University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education. It is the highest accrediting authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for degree-granting colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several other locations internationally.

Post-BSN Certificate – Nursing Management and Leadership courses & curriculum

The curriculum for the post-BSN certificate in nursing management and leadership is designed for busy professionals and includes both theory and clinical experiences.

Nursing Management and Leadership (Post-BSN) Certificate of Graduate Studies (13 Credits)

The post-Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN) Certificate – Nursing Management and Leadership will provide an option for post-BSN graduates who work in direct care management roles (nurse manager, clinical head nurse, team leader) to gain knowledge and advanced skills of leadership and management. This 13-credit certificate will contribute to progression on organizational career ladders and facilitate preparation for professional certification examinations.  The courses taken for the Post-BSN Certificate – Nursing Management and Leadership can be applied to the MSN MBA Dual Degree or MSN Nursing Administration track.

Complete the following:

Health Informatics

This course provides an introduction to health informatics in healthcare environments. An inter-professional approach is used for students to explore the use of health informatics for practice, administration, health policy, and education areas of healthcare. Emphasis is placed on the selection and use of healthcare information systems to promote quality and safety in healthcare.

NURS 500 / 3 Credits

Nursing Research Design and Methodology

This course focuses on the critical appraisal of nursing research and methods of inquiry to guide evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the skills and knowledge needed to critically appraise and determine the strength of evidence available to inform issues of current nursing practice and education.

NURS 502 / 3 Credits

Nursing Administration and Executive Leadership I

This course focuses on nursing administration in healthcare environments. Key concepts include leadership and management theory, change theory, inter-professional collaboration, technology in healthcare, organizational structure, strategic planning and resource management. Emphasis is placed on applying key course concepts through clinical practicum experiences. Application of evidence-based practice occurs through capstone project development. Nursing administration and nurse executive core competencies are emphasized.

NURS 560 / 4 Credits

Collaboration in Inter-Professional Teams

This course introduces the foundational concepts of working in inter-professional healthcare teams. Key areas of discussion include communication skills, inter-professional interactions, team dynamics, group management strategies, leadership and facilitation skills, problems posed by dysfunctional groups, and change theory.

NURS 620 / 3 Credits

Post-BSN Certificate – Nursing Management and Leadership tuition cost

No-fee tuition

Know what you are paying for with Messiah’s no-fee tuition. With our graduate programs, the cost per credit is what you pay – there are no hidden fees for labs, courses, services or technology. We put the true cost of your program upfront so that you can accurately compare and plan for your graduate education.

2022-2023 tuition per graduate credit hour: $735

Tuition cost for the entire 13 credit-hour certificate at the 2022-2023 rate: $9,555

Next steps for admissions

Applying for admission to a graduate program at Messiah University is the first step to making your personal and professional goals a reality.

Application requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program (or equivalent) and an institution that is regionally accredited by one of the following: Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Western and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Completed application
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts indicating the degree earned
  • Personal Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the healthcare field
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year recent professional nursing practice
  • Unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse (United States and territories)
  • Proficiency with basic computer operations (download, upload, email, website navigation), Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and PDF files
Next course start dates


Early summer: May 15th

Late summer: July 3rd

Early fall: August 21st

Late fall: October 23rd

How to apply

Before completing an application for any of Messiah University’s graduate & certificate programs, please read our Admissions Requirements to ensure that you are eligible for enrollment and to receive a helpful checklist of the supporting documentation that you will need to provide to complete your application. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to

New to Messiah University

First-time users will need to create an account to start a new application.

Returning users

Returning users can log in to continue their pre-existing application.

Flexible. Respected. Faith-based.

What makes our post-BSN certificates unique?

  • The academic distinction of a nationally ranked, accredited Christian university
  • Messiah University nursing graduates are well respected and in demand
  • Nursing faculty are experienced Christian educators, nursing professionals and accomplished scholars who mentor you in your education, faith and career
  • Deferred payment options are available
  • One or two year completion
  • Online

Request Information

By completion and submission of this form, I consent to receive communication from a representative of this institution by phone, text or email regarding my educational program request.

Contact Info

One University Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


Messiah University. Copyright 2022.