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Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Leadership

If you have a graduate degree in nursing and want to work in systems leadership roles in healthcare, this post-graduate program was designed to help you achieve your goal. With the Health Systems Leadership Certificate program at Indiana Wesleyan University, you can build on your knowledge, skills, and professional experience in nursing while developing new leadership and administrative proficiencies. Discover how IWU helps Health Systems Leadership Certificate students build the confidence to lead and the knowledge to transform healthcare settings with this flexible, 100% online program.

Why Pursue My Health Systems Leadership Graduate Certificate at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your health systems leadership certificate online at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by faculty with experience making an impact in healthcare. We also provide student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this health systems leadership program. Our approach to online learning allows busy professionals and parents to continue their careers without putting their current lives on hold. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career.


What Will I Learn in This Health Systems Leadership Program?

The courses in this health systems leadership program are designed to help students combine the art of science in nursing to lead and innovate in healthcare settings. Online course materials are delivered through virtual reality, video discussion, concept maps, demo videos, and other tech-driven applications. Course topics cover transformative leadership, collaborative leadership, systems leadership, and more.   

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

20 Credit Hours


$595/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

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
What You Will Study in This Health Systems Leadership Program

The curriculum for this graduate certificate in health systems leadership covers how 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.
  • Lead systems to enhance population health
  • Integrate biblical principles into your professional goals and decision-making

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nurse Executive
  • Nurse Manager

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements
  • An individual with a graduate degree in nursing from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the USDoE and CHEA and national nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA) may apply to complete a post-graduate certificate in a graduate nursing major for which they do not already hold a degree.
  • Graduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the degree-granting institution.
  • Anyone applying to become a student at Indiana Wesleyan University must provide proof that all nursing licenses, whether current or inactive, are unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Three letters of professional reference from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program. At least one recommendation must be from a supervisor from within the last two years. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate.
  • Official transcripts from the baccalaureate and graduate degree-granting institution.
  • At least one year of professional practice. Students applying for admission to the Nurse Practitioner programs must have at least 500 hours of RN direct patient contact and/or care for patients within the year prior to admission.
  • A criminal history background check will be conducted on all applicants at the beginning the program, at the student's expense. A drug screen will be conducted for Primary Care students prior to the first practicum experience, at the student's expense. Admission and/or progression in the program may depend on the results of these checks.
  • Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For undergraduate students, a score of at least 6.0 is required; for graduate students, a score of at least 6.5 is required; for doctoral students, a score of at least 7.0 is required for regular admission.


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.

PGC Admission Requirements
  • Must meet graduate nursing admission requirements for the major program.
  • Prerequisites required to enter the post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner certificate are: completion of a graduate level Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Physical Assessment with a grade of B or higher. Students who do not meet one or more prerequisite are eligible to take the course(s) at IWU prior to beginning the program.
  • If more than 6 months have passed since the completion of a Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, or Physical Assessment course, the applicant must provide proof of 500 hours of current APRN practice and current NP certification in the last year or achieve a passing score on the IWU provided competency exam.
  • Applicants must pass the IWU provided competency exam within two attempts or be required to take the pertinent courses(s) before being allowed to enroll in a nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate program.
  • A fee will be assessed for each competency exam. 

Practice is an essential component of the graduate nursing programs. 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 must complete the minimum of 700 practicum hours included in the plan of study. NP programs include an onsite course in advanced health assessment as part of the prerequisites, if not already met.
  • 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
  • All credits required in the course with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Minimum grade of “B” in each specialty course.
  • Satisfactory fulfillment of all practicum and program requirements.
  • Program must be completed within four (4) years from the date of enrollment. Fees are associated with various courses and are subject to change. Students who extend beyond the maximum time to complete the program may incur more fees.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.
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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). The School of Nursing is also a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties,

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