Nurse Administration, Graduate Certificate

12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Unlock Your Leadership Potential in Nursing

The field of nursing is ever-evolving, requiring professionals who are not only clinically proficient but also skilled in leadership and administration. The UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate in Nurse Administration is specifically tailored for current registered nurses holding Bachelor's degrees who are eager to ascend to leadership roles within their organizations. This program is also an excellent fit for advanced practice nurses with a Master's degree seeking to broaden their administrative competencies and enhance their ability to manage diverse patient populations and teams effectively.

Program Highlights:

  • Eligibility: Ideal for registered nurses (RNs) with a Bachelor's degree aiming for administrative roles and advanced practice nurses with a Master's degree looking to expand their administrative expertise.
  • 100% Online: Designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, this program offers the flexibility to learn at your own pace, from anywhere.
  • Duration: Achieve your Graduate Certificate in Nurse Administration in as little as 12 months with part-time enrollment. All coursework must be completed within four years, offering flexibility to balance professional commitments.

Why Choose The UNC Charlotte Nurse Administration Certificate?

  • Advance Your Career: This program equips RNs with the necessary leadership and management skills to take on administrative roles, opening doors to new career opportunities.
  • Flexible Learning: Our fully online curriculum allows you to balance work, life, and education, enabling you to progress at a pace that suits your professional and personal commitments.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Gain in-depth knowledge in managing personnel, overseeing patient care operations, and navigating the complexities of healthcare administration.

Take the next step in your nursing career with the UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate in Nurse Administration. Empower yourself with the skills and knowledge to lead with confidence in the dynamic healthcare environment. Enroll now and become a catalyst for positive change in nursing administration.

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Application Deadline: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • November 1 (spring)
  • May 1 (summer)

Admissions & Requirements: 

General requirements for graduate students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.  

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the Graduate Certificate: Nurse Administration program:

  1. Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment. OR Graduation from a post secondary level Nursing Program (United States RN Registration not required).
  2. Baccalaureate degree from a university accredited by a US Dept. of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  3. A statement of purpose describing experience and area of specialization or interest in nursing practice.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.

The Nurse Administration program consists of 12 semester hours.  Students will complete four specialty courses.  The certificate can be completed in one year through part-time study. Students in degree programs may be able to (if approved) transfer up to 6 hours from another university. Please consult with your advisor.

Additional Certificate Requirements

  • Completion of 12 hours required coursework within 4 years.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 ("B") GPA in their graduate courses, and may not accumulate more than two "C" grades.

NURS 6212: Program Improvement and Evaluation (3)
NURS 6185: Theory and Application of Organizational Behavior to Nursing Systems (3)
NURS 6187: Health Informatics, Budgeting, and Financial Management (3)
NURS 6188: Strategic Planning and Decision making in Nursing (3)


*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $288.82 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

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