Apr 22, 2018
Karen Ward, Interim Director
The Nursing Administration Certificate program provides a formal program of study for master’s-prepared nurses interested in obtaining a credential allowing them to assume a management position in a health care setting. Content necessary in nursing administration including health care finance, human resource management, and quality management in health care is provided. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam. This certificate is the optimal way for those already holding a master’s degree and desiring this specialization to gain marketability without having to complete an entire second master’s degree.
Admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school.
Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Administration Certificate Program include:
- a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE);
- eligibility to practice as a registered nurse in Tennessee or the compact state in which clinical assignments are completed;
- overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale;
- TOEFL score of 600 if native language is not English;
- a written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing the certificate program;
- letters of recommendation from at least three persons (a minimum of one academic) familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice.
- submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official copies of transcripts;
- submit three signed letters of recommendation;
- submit an updated vita or resume;
- submit a copy of RN license;
- submit background check information;
- submit proof of immunizations;
- submit proof of payment of malpractice insurance.
NOTE: Applicants residing in Middle Tennessee (Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Stewart, Wayne, Williamson, and Wilson County) are randomly assigned to one of the three TBR institutions in Middle Tennessee (APSU, MTSU, or TSU). Students who reside in one of these counties must first apply to the RODP program at www.rodp.org/admissions/admissions-steps. Students approved and assigned to MTSU will then apply to the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.
Candidate must complete 19 credit hours of graduate nursing courses.
Curriculum: Nursing Administration
- NURS 6301 - Nursing Administration I 3 credit hours
- NURS 6302 - Nursing Administration II 3 credit hours
- NURS 6303 - Health Care Finance 3 credit hours
- NURS 6304 - Human Resource Management 3 credit hours
- NURS 6305 - Quality Management in Nursing and Health Care 3 credit hours
- NURS 6309 - Nursing Administration Practicum 4 credit hours
- Only two repeated courses are allowed.
- More than two grades below “C” will lead to dismissal from the program.
- Please contact your advisor in the School of Nursing for information about required clinical hours.