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Post Master's Certificate
Nursing Leadership & Administration

Reach new career heights in nursing

Develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to become a difference-maker as a nurse leader. If you’re ready to take the next step in your nursing career and ascend to upper-level management positions, the Herzing Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Administration is designed for you.  

Our curriculum helps you build a foundational education in the business and systems of healthcare, helping you to become an advanced practice nurse steering healthcare institutions toward successful outcomes.

This program is designed for licensed registered nurses (active, unrestricted license) who have earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and are seeking jobs in nursing leadership and administration.

Choose a lifelong partner in learning dedicated to your career success. The next big step forward in your nursing career IS possible with Herzing University.

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Classes & curriculum details

Our post master’s curriculum includes MSN core courses designed to help you learn what it means to be a decision maker influencing big-picture organizational changes. Study and training include analysis of the impact of regulatory healthcare agencies, the evolving healthcare landscape, and ethical and legal principles regarding healthcare delivery to diverse populations.

All lecture classes are delivered online, and the program includes 135 total clinical hours. Our goal is to prepare you best to succeed in your work in nursing leadership and administration.

Post Master's Certificate Nursing Leadership and Administration (PMCNLA)816

i. Average number of months for students to complete the program attending full-time

Required Courses in Nursing Leadership and Administration Certificate Program

16.00 semester credit hours are required. NU 621, NU 610, and NU 636 will be required if not completed successfully with the prior Master of Science in Nursing degree.


Admission Prerequisites

The post master’s nursing leadership and administration certificate program is open to registered nurses who:

  1. Possess a Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited university or college
  2. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the state in which they live (Note: Holding a multi-state, compact state license and being a resident in a compact license state will be deemed to have met this requirement).
MSN Placement Pledge Badge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of a post master's certificate in nursing leadership and administration program is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.

As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.

Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*

* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment agreement.


Advance your nursing career to the next level

Become the change you’ve always wanted to see. Earning a graduate certificate and adding to your nursing credentials complements your unique skillset and experience as a nurse, equipping you well for your next career step towards a managerial position.

Graduating from this post-graduate certificate program can help you qualify for job opportunities including:

  • Nurse Leader
  • Nurse Executive
  • Nurse Administration
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Chief Nurse Executive

How can I continue to advance my career? Herzing offers multiple educational pathways to prepare you for the next big job opening. We offer post master’s certificates in additional nursing concentrations, as well as MBA options for students seeking a role more heavily focused in business administration (including a healthcare management concentration).

Job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical health and service managers, including nurse administrators, is expected to rise 32% from 2020-2030, much faster than the average across all U.S. occupations.*

Now is an excellent time to begin earning the education you need to compete for jobs in this rapidly growing field.


Frequently Asked Questions

There are many different types of nursing leadership styles with varying levels of effectiveness depending on the working environment, including:

  • Democratic
  • Transformational
  • Authoritarian (or "autocratic")
  • Transactional
  • Laissez-faire

...among several others. There are many unique theories of nursing leadership you’ll want to become familiar with throughout your development as a nurse leader. Understanding the right leadership techniques for you and your colleagues is crucial to keep morale high, ensure lines of communication are clear, maximize productivity and improve patient care.

The idea of earning a MBA degree is often overlooked by nursing students – but it can be a very valuable way for a nurse to advance in their profession.

Understanding the motivations behind financial decisions made by hospital CEO’s and CFO’s is crucial to getting a seat at the table in the decision-making process. Working towards a master’s degree in business administration can put you in a position to advance professionally on the business side of healthcare. Learn more about why nurses should consider getting an MBA.

However, hospitals looking for a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) or Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) will most often prefer candidates with an MSN in Nursing Leadership. They will certainly consider a RN with an MBA, but the Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing is the top-tier credential most employers will be looking for.

With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:

You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.

Students considering career pathways between nursing vs. healthcare administration can potentially discover the best of both worlds. With the right experience, credentials, and additional education—yes, nurses can become a healthcare administrator. Deep experience as a nurse can be a major differentiator between you and other applicants for the position.

However, most employers will be seeking prospects with a doctoral, master or bachelor degree in healthcare administration. Herzing University offers a bachelor degree program in healthcare administration and an advanced online MBA program in healthcare management for students seeking a career in healthcare administration.

Nursing administrators fall under the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) medical and health services manager category. According to 2020 data from the BLS, the average salary for medical health and service managers is $118,800 per year ($57.12 per hour).*

Discover how much nurse administrators can make by state and find salary estimates in the area near you.

A nurse leader sees the big picture without losing sight of the day-to-day. They are active in helping organizations move forward in response to an evolving healthcare industry.

Leaders in nursing have the administrative understanding and business expertise to make educated decisions and achieve the optimal balance between what’s best for the organization and what’s best for the patient(s). The importance of nursing leadership is highly evident when organizations struggle to find this balance.

Read more about the most important qualities and characteristics of leadership in nursing and what it takes to earn a higher level of roles and responsibilities as a nurse.

Getting a master’s degree from an accredited nursing school is the biggest step you need to take to become a nurse administrator. If you have an ADN/ASN, BSN or RN diploma and hold a current, active and unrestricted license as an RN, you are eligible to enroll in the Herzing University online MSN program in nursing leadership & administration right now.


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Accreditation & Disclosures

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

State requirements for the availability of required clinical courses may vary by state. Check with your applicable state board of nursing before enrolling in any graduate nursing program.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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