Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing Innovation

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 18.0
Instructional Delivery: Online

Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible*

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:

NOTE: No applications will be accepted for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please check back in summer 2023 for an update.

*The current plan of study for this program would only allow for federal financial aid (including Federal Direct Student Loans) for terms that are at least a minimum of 4.5 credits for graduate courses and 6.0 credits for undergraduate courses. This is based on current regulations from the U.S. Department of Education.

About the Program

This Nursing Innovation Certificate program is for individuals who want to understand the theories of innovation and examine some successful and failed innovations, as well as learn what it takes to be a successful intra/entrepreneur. This certificate is available for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree.

This program provides a five-course grouping of classes focusing on re-inventing and promoting innovative nursing practice in a variety of roles such as clinician, educator, administrator, clinical scientist, or in the business environment of healthcare. Courses are chosen from the MSN in Nursing Innovation. It is designed to emphasize entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial approaches to advanced nursing practice.

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework
  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in a health-related field from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable.)
  • Current resume/CV
  • One professional letter of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the following:
    • Describe your proposed capstone project.
    • Would your capstone project be intrapreneurial or entrepreneurial?
    • Is your capstone a project, program, or product?
    • Who is your target audience?
  • International students will need to meet University international student admissions guidelines, including TOEFL program requirements.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
NURS 586Innovation in Advanced Nursing Practice: Theory and Application3.0
NURS 587Case Studies in Intra/Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Nursing3.0
NURS 652Innovation Capstone Project6.0
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
Total Credits18.0
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