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This 12 credit certificate program is a series of four courses developed by the School of Nursing for RN's to meet the career needs of current and potential nurse managers.  A Penn state certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the four required courses.  RN's who do not want to take the entire sequence are welcome to take any course or courses that interest them.

The following are the courses included in the certificate program. There are no prerequisite requirements for licensed registered nurses taking the courses; however, taking the courses in sequence, with NURS 430 as the first course, is highly recommended.

Required Courses*

NURS 430 Organization and Administration for the Nurse Manager (3 credits) Introduction to organizational theory and principles of practice in the administration of nursing services and patient care. This course focuses on leadership and management in nursing. It includes a study of the history of health care management and the influences on management styles and approaches. To build on this foundation of organizational and leadership theory, students will critically examine the roles of the nurse as a leader within the health care system and health care organizations.

NURS 431 Data Management for Nurse Managers (3 credits) Analysis of information systems to manage nursing service organizations; includes financial management, the budgeting processes, and productivity measurement. This course includes a study of information systems and financial aspects of managing health care organizations and patient care delivery.

NURS 432 Nursing Management of Human Resources (3 credits) Human resource management and related factors in nursing service organizations. It introduces the student to principles of human resource management with an emphasis on application to nursing and health care organizations.

NURS 433 Seminar for Nurse Managers (3 credits) Focuses on the application of management principles in the role of the nurse manager. This course is designed to allow students to explore issues that challenge individuals in the nurse manager role. Designed with a seminar approach, students will study the future of nursing leadership, mentoring, networking, stress management for the nurse manager and avoiding burnout, managing patient care quality and regulatory compliance, and implementing change. Students also complete a field observational study with a nurse manager or nurse executive in a health care organization. It is recommended that students complete at least one of the previous nurse management courses (NURS 430, NURS 431, NURS 432) prior to enrolling in this course.

*Students are responsible for completing any required prerequisite courses. 

For more information, contact Penn State DuBois (814) 375-4836 or (814) 375-4716 or Penn State in St. Marys (814) 834-3593.