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Nursing Administrator Certificate (Post-Master's)

  • Program Overview

    The nurse administrator certificate prepares you for a managerial role in hospitals, long-term care facilities, community service agencies, ambulatory care facilities, governmental agencies, and corporations.

    In the nurse administrator certificate program, you will develop your organizational, analytic, strategic planning, financial, human resources, and evaluation skills in the role of a nurse leader. Coursework focuses on developing core knowledge related to the domains of practice such as: delivery of care; legal, regulatory and ethical issues; health care economics; health care environment; and professional practice. The nurse administrator courses focus on organizational and leadership theories, regulatory standards, risk management, quality assurance, strategic planning, and concepts of human resource management. Courses are offered in a hybrid model: a combination of online and face-to-face meetings, held in the evening and on Saturday on the Beverly, Mass., campus.

    The nurse administrator internship course provides the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in theory courses into the real-world setting. Internship placements are arranged individually through the School of Nursing. Experiences are selected with the student to meet course and personal objectives in academia and in organizations.

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: 

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.
    • GPA greater than or equal to 3.25
    • Photocopy of Registered Nurse License verification, which must be current and unrestricted
    • A basic statistics course is required of all students;
    • Resume and/or curriculum vitae
    • Interview

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will:

    1. Integrates scientific findings from nursing and other disciplines for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
    2. Demonstrate a repertoire of skills and strategies to implement organizational and systems leadership critical to the promotion of high quality and safe patient care.
    3. Applies the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality, as well as quality principles within an organization. 
    4. Apply research outcomes within the practice setting, to resolve practice problems, working as a change agent to disseminate results.
    5. Utilize patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care, using communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care
    6. Integrates and advocates for ethical, legal and professional standards of practice and intervenes at the systems level through the policy development process.  
    7. Communicates, collaborates, and consults with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care within the Interprofessional team
    8. Applies and integrates broad, organizational, client-centered, and ethnically and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care including services to individuals, families, and aggregates
    9. Influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems through evidenced based nursing practice as well as the ability to integrate knowledge and formulate interventions into both direct and indirect patient care.

    Reference: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011). The essentials of master's education in nursing.  Retrieved from

    Required Curriculum: Nurse Administrator Certificate

    Four-Course Sequence of Classes

    NUR 510 - Organization and Structure of Nursing Leadership
    NUR 526 - Nurse as the Administrator
    NUR 532 - Administration: Practice and Quality Outcomes
    NUR 585 - Masters in Nursing Internship in Administrator Role, Educator Role and or Global Health Role

    Total - 15 credits

    Required Curriculum: Nurse Educator Certificate

    Four-Course Sequence of Classes

    NUR 505 - Curriculum Design, Course Development, and Program Evaluation
    NUR 561 - Nurse as the Educator
    NUR 565 - Teaching Methods: Principles of Teaching
    NUR 585 - Masters in Nursing Internship in Administrator Role, Educator Role and or Global Health Role

    Total - 15 credits

    Required Curriculum: Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    NUR 550 - Pathophysiology of Human Disease for Advanced Nursing Practice
    NUR 551 - Comprehensive Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnostic Decision Making
    NUR 562 - Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Family Nurse Practitioner
    NUR 566 - Seminar for the Professional Nurse Practitioner
    NUR 567 - Primary Care of the Childbearing Family
    NUR 568 - Primary Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum
    NUR 569 - Primary Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient
    NUR 570 - Primary Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient Practicum

    Total - 27 credits

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The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone (404) 975-5000 and Fax (404) 975-5020.