Nursing and Health Care Leadership

Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing and Health Care Leadership

Vanderbilt School of Nursing now offers a three semester Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing and Health Care Leadership. The 12-credit part-time virtual program is designed for either graduate-prepared nurses working as health care leaders or graduate-prepared nurses desiring to make a transition into nursing and/or practice leadership. The certificate program provides learners with foundational and advanced concepts of health care leadership that have been designed to prepare them for a variety of leadership roles. The certificate program contains four courses taken over three semesters. The Post-Master’s Certificate program can be started during any semester beginning in fall 2023.

What about a practicum?

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Post-Master’s Certificate program does not contain a practicum requirement.

Will I need to attend classes on campus?

No, the Nursing and Health Care Leadership Post Master’s Certificate is all online. There is no requirement to attend class on campus.

What is the cost of the program?

View financial aid and contact information at VUSN.

How do I apply?

Applications are available at

Post-Master's Certificate Option for Nursing and Health Care Leadership  Curriculum

Semester Course Number and Name Credit Hours


NURS 6411

Foundations of Leadership



NURS 6025

Applied Quality Improvement and Patient Safety



NURS 6041

Principles of Health Care Finance



NURS 6410

Design Thinking and Innovation Health


Total hours 12