Online Professional Certificate in Nursing Leadership

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This two-course online certificate program is open to all licensed registered nurses (RN) interested in adding a leadership credential to their professional resumes. Through a combination of discussions, writing assignments, theoretical studies, and questionnaires promoting self-reflection, you will learn about:

  •  Leadership models
  •  Skills, strengths, and traits of effective leaders
  •  Emotional intelligence
  •  Conflict resolution
  •  Interpersonal communication
  • Team building and collaboration
  •  Cultural competence
  • Labor relations management
  • Change management
  • Ethical considerations in leadership

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Earn your Nursing Leadership certificate for $1,980

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Complete in only 8 weeks

Eligible for 3 hours of transferable college credit

Apply credits toward your MSN, post-MSN cert, or DNP with Regis College1

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1The Nurse Leadership certificate program is eligible for 3 hours of transferable college credit to be used upon admission toward a post-MSN certificate, MSN, or DNP at Regis College.

2 Pay for your certificate over three installments instead of in full at the time of enrollment. Schedule an appointment with an enrollment advisor for more details.


Each course in the leadership in nursing certificate has been broken into four modules. Each module covers a specific leadership topic and is designed to uncover your unique leadership traits, while developing your distinct leadership style.


Module 1: Introduction to Leadership: What Does Leadership Mean to Me?

  • Analyze the key concepts of leadership
  • Compare and contrast leadership theories
  • Differentiate between leadership and management
  • Identify the definition, format, and purpose of an annotated bibliography

Module 2: Leadership Models and Theories.

  • Differentiate the Leadership Traits Model and the Process Model
  • Evaluate leadership theories and styles in practice
  • Examine the task and relationship dimensions of leadership
  • Identify and analyze your personal leadership style
  • Develop an annotated bibliography

Module 3: Create a Climate of Professionalism, Motivation, and Emotional Intelligence.

  • Compare the impact of intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors on effective leadership
  • Evaluate professionalism and motivation as components in a healthy work environment
  • Appraise the impact of emotional intelligence on effective leadership
  • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses as a leader

Module 4: How Can I Effectively Manage and Resolve Conflict?

  • Analyze sources of conflict and tension in the health care environment
  • Evaluate conflict resolution strategies


Module 1: How Can I Promote Effective Teams and Collaboration?

  • Appraise important concepts in effective communication in health care
  • Critique essential elements of effective team building, interprofessional communication, and collaboration
  • Examine conflict management strategies as they relate to nursing leadership

Module 2: How Can I Be a Culturally Competent Leader?

  • Interpret culturally competent nursing leadership
  • Appraise important legislation and laws about collective bargaining
  • Summarize key components of labor relations management by the effective nurse leader

Module 3: What can I Learn From the Leadership Styles of Other Nurse Leaders?

  • Describe in a written paper what you learned about leadership from your nurse interviewee
  • Synthesize learnings from the nurse interview into your own leadership style

Module 4: What Will I Need to Meet Future Leadership Competencies?

  • Assess leadership competencies and skills in the NOF Competencies Model
  • Analyze factors integral to ethical leadership
  • Synthesize course concepts as they apply to the nurse leader
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