Leadership in Health Systems Management

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 13.5
Instructional Delivery: Online; Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3817
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-1072

About the Program

This certificate program focuses on development of a leadership style and skill set essential for individuals in or seeking administrative roles. The program provides a three-course grouping of classes from the MSN in Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management curriculum. Selected classes provide essential skills for supervisory and management positions that help professionals perform in their expanded roles and grow as emerging leaders.

Emphasis will be placed on fiscal and organizational management, strategic planning, integrated quality outcomes measurement, organizational structures, marketing, and management of human resources within organizations. The program provides the student with information and strategies to problem solve, make decisions, resolve conflict, and operationalize the mission and goals of the healthcare delivery organization.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a fully accredited program
  • Current, unrestricted United States RN license
  • 3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required
  • 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:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • 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.
    • Letter of recommendation requirement is waived if GPA is a 3.0 or higher. 

TOEFL Requirement

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and United States permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing, and reading. American citizens born on US military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • If you take the TOEFL, you must have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
NUPR 663Communication and Self-Awareness for Leadership4.5
NUPR 664The Economics and Business of Healthcare4.5
NUPR 665Managing Operations and Human Resources for Quality Outcomes of Care Delivery 4.5
Total Credits13.5

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
NUPR 6644.5NUPR 6634.5NUPR 6654.5
 4.5 4.5 4.5
Total Credits 13.5

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

Additional information is also available on the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management Certificate webpage and the Drexel University Online Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management Certificate webpage.

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