Online Nursing Post Graduate Certificate
Health Systems Leadership

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The Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Leadership, provides an academic experience that prepares students to be transformative nurse leaders and world-changers. This certificate is designed to develop healthcare system leaders who are ethical, effective, efficient, and innovative to meet the needs of the future of healthcare. These goals are accomplished by developing nurse scholars through an integrated experience of advanced intellectual challenge, collaboration, evidence-based professional growth, and hands-on, real-world experience. Graduates complete 520 practicum hours and are prepared to assume leadership roles within a variety of healthcare settings, nationally and globally.


Did you know? IWU offers other health systems leadership programs, too. Find one that fits you!

You’ll Learn To…

  • Integrate knowledge of the art and science of leadership and nursing into the role of a nursing leader.
  • Create an environment that fosters a person-centered approach to nursing leadership that values the well-being of one's self, staff, patients, families, and communities and establishes communication skills to enhance interprofessional relationships.
  • Lead systems to enhance population health.
  • Utilize scholarship and evidence to guide quality improvement principles in the leadership of nursing practice.
  • Apply systems and complexity principles to lead nursing practice through the use of information and communication technology.

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20 Total
$595/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

8 Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • An individual with a masters or doctoral degree in nursing from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the ED and CHEA and national nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA):
    • May apply to complete a post-graduate certificate in a masters nursing major for which they do not already hold a degree.
    • Must meet masters nursing admission requirements for the major program.
    • Must submit an official transcript showing completion of a masters or doctoral degree in nursing.
  • To assist in the decision-making process, the Division of Masters Nursing reserves the right to require the applicant to:
    • Interview
  • Acceptance into any masters nursing program will remain valid for 18 months.

Unclassified Admission

Applicants who do not desire to seek a master's degree may enroll in graduate nursing courses as unclassified students. Please contact us for more information.

  • Acceptance into any masters nursing program will remain valid for 18 months.

PGC Admission Requirements
  • To enter the Post Master’s certificate, Health Systems Leadership, the student must have a completed MSN degree from an accredited school of nursing.
Practice is an essential component of the graduate nursing program. Practicum courses offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.
  • Students in the Health Systems Leadership program must complete a minimum of 260 hours of onsite supervised practicum. Student must receive permission from the practicum location prior to start of practicum hours.
  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where practicum requirements are completed.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

NOTE: Students must meet all practicum agency requirements. Students in any nursing major may be required to undergo drug testing in order to successfully complete practicum requirements.

Completion Requirements
  • Successful completion of the specific curriculum as described below.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of “B” in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.


The Health Systems Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

*Effective 07-01-2022 through 06-30-2023