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2021-2022 Catalog and Handbook 
2021-2022 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advanced Certificate in Nursing Organizational Leadership

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Academic Director: Margaret Reilly, DNS, APRN, CNE 
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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The mission and vision of the School of Professional Studies online nursing programs is to offer a liberal arts-based educational experience which will guide students in attaining the knowledge, skills, and values essential for professional nurse leaders and managers, including the ability to make sound judgments and address the health needs of diverse cultural groups.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Nursing Organizational Leadership Advanced Certificate program will be able to:

  1. Analyze how policies impact the structure and financing of healthcare, nursing organizations, and health outcomes.
  2. Advocate and mentor the professional nurse as a member and leader of interprofessional teams.
  3. Design a nursing organization business plan utilizing budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, and marketing principles.

The Program

Across the nation, nurses have been encouraged to develop the knowledge, leadership abilities, and interpersonal skills beyond what is learned at the bachelor’s degree level to improve the healthcare system. The Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report recommends that the future nurses gain proficiency in competencies such as team leadership, systems thinking, decision-making, and quality improvement.

The Online Advanced Certificate in Nursing Organizational Leadership is an 18-credit program that gives nurses the additional knowledge and practice needed to expand their expertise and assume positions of leadership.

In addition to a practicum component, the program explores content in:

  • Leading and managing healthcare disparities and underserved populations
  • Nursing quality and safety strategic planning
  • Transformational nursing leadership in community, regulation, and healthcare organizations

Admissions Requirements

To qualify for admission to the Advanced Certificate in Nursing Organizational Leadership, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Nursing (could include Nurse Practitioner)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a 4.0 in nationally accredited bachelor’s and master’s programs, all transcripts provided
  • An unencumbered nursing license and a current registration
  • Admission essay highlighting education and career achievement, including specific examples of problem-solving while working in the practice setting, leadership experience at the bedside or in other settings, and professional and community awards
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a Master’s or Doctoral prepared nurse educator or faculty and one from a nurse leader who served as an immediate supervisor
  • Writing Sample required: A discussion of an evidence-based practice project completed in nursing school or in the practice setting, with references.
  • Resume

Program Requirements

18 credits are required for the certificate.


Students must also complete one nursing elective course (3 credits). To satisfy the elective, students may take a course in a specialization area other than the one they are enrolled in, or they may select, in consultation with an academic advisor, a course from another program offered by CUNY SPS (e.g., MA in Disability Studies or the MA in Psychology).

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