Administrative Nursing Leadership Certificate

About the Program

The Administrative Nursing Leadership (ANL) certificate is designed to incorporate the Scope and Standards for Nursing Administrators (2009) published by the American Nurses Association (ANA). Administrative nursing synthesizes the disciplines of nursing and management in order to efficiently and effectively direct nursing operations in health care agencies toward realization of the goals of both the profession and the agency. The focus includes human resources, fiscal management, leadership, strategic management, health informatics, and managerial functions of the nurse administrator.

Consider this program if you are or wish to become a:

  • Nursing Manager
  • Nursing Director
  • Program Manager/Coordinator

The 18-semester hour certificate program can be completed in 4 semesters of part-time study. The courses are conducted online.

Program Costs

The University of Illinois at Chicago Administrative Nurse Leadership Certificate complies with the U.S. Department of Education's Gainful Employment Statute requirements by disclosing the information to applicants regarding our Administrative Nursing Leadership (ANL) certificate programs.

Because the ANL certificate is a fully online program, students are assessed e-tuition. The current e-tuition rate (2012-2013) is $762 per credit hour.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Administrative Nurse Leadership Certificate complies with the U.S. Department of Education's Gainful Employment Statute requirements by disclosing the information to applicants regarding our Administrative Nursing Leadership (ANL) certificate programs.

Information regarding tuition, fees, books, supplies and other anticipated education cost can be found here.

The educational costs listed are for the current academic year. Applicants should anticipate similar costs for next year; however, annual increases to tuition and fees should be expected. Also, there may be additional costs for equipment such as computers or cameras that students choose to purchase to enhance their education. Furthermore, please note that cost for licensing and board certification examinations are not required for certification but may be required in order to practice nursing in certain states. Applicants to the certificate program are encouraged to contact the program directly for information on educational costs they expect to incur each year of the program and for any additional information regarding the program.

Estimated salaries information for nursing professions can be found on the ONET website using the appropriate SOC code.

11-9111.00 - Medical and Health Services Managers


The ANL certificate will prepare students to meet the continuing education requirements for the Nurse Executive certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Students who wish to sit for the exam will also need to demonstrate at least 24 months full time equivalent work experience in nursing administration in the last five years. Please click here for more information on the Nurse Executive certification exam.

Transition to Master’s Program

Students who successfully complete the ANL certificate and wish to pursue an MS in Administrative Studies in Nursing should submit an application to the College of Nursing.  If admitted to the master's program, all 18 hours of the certificate course work can be applied to the degree.  Students must receive a minimum grade of "B" in each course to be transferred, and only courses completed within five years prior to enrollment in the master's program can be considered for transfer credit.

Admission Criteria

The following criteria must be met for admission:

1. Baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program OR a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a field other than nursing plus an RN license. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing must complete the following two transitional courses at the beginning of their program:

  • NURS 242, Concepts and Processes for Contemporary Nursing Practice
  • NURS 385, Clinical Concepts and Processes in Population-Focused Nursing

2. Minimum GPA of 2.75/4.00. GPA is computed on the last 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of the first baccalaureate degree.

3. License to practice as a professional nurse in at least one political jurisdiction.

4. Prior experience as an RN in a variety of settings results in a stronger admission application. Previous management experience is strongly preferred, but not required.

Certificate Requirements

In order to receive the Administrative Nursing Leadership Certificate, students must complete the following courses:

ANL Certificate Requirements

Course # Course Title and Description Semester Hours
NUSP 501 Administrative Nursing Models
Appraisal and synthesis of theory, research and practice in the organization and management of the delivery of nursing and healthcare services including currently used models of nursing care delivery.
NUSP 502 Strategic Planning and Outcomes Evaluation for Clinical ProgramsAnalysis of trends and issues affecting health care systems in the context of planning appropriate strategies for the development and growth of clinical programs and services. 3
NUAS 503 Financial Resource Management for Nursing Decision Makers
Provide the clinical decision maker with state of the art tools to plan, implement, and evaluate the financial viability of health care programs and initiatives. Prerequisite(s): Knowledge of Excel.
NUSP 504 Healthcare Human Resources Management
Focuses on the development of a strategic human resource plan to support the mission of the health care organization. Current human resources management and organizational performance research findings are explored.
NUSP 505 Nursing Systems Operations Management
Nursing systems operations management of health services. Examines the managerial role at individual, program, work unit, department, and organizational levels. Includes focus on interaction of the organization and environment.
BHIS 510 Health Care Information Systems
Examination, through case studies, group and class discussions, and problem-based learning, of the effective utilization of information technology applications currently in place and on the horizon in health care organizations. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. 



The courses can be taken one or two at a time. The nursing courses are typically offered only in fall and spring. Health Care Information Systems is offered at an accelerated pace, and although offered in all three semesters, is best taken summer semester without any other classes. Please see the Schedule of Classes for actual course offerings. No transfer credit will be accepted toward the certificate.

Academic Policies

Students in the ANL certificate are held to the academic policies of the UIC College of Nursing, which state that students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 (“B” average) throughout the program. See the Academic Standards and Policies—Graduate section of the College of Nursing Student Handbook for more information. Students wishing to transfer academic credit earned in the certificate program to the Master’s in Administrative Studies in Nursing must receive a minimum grade of “B” in each course to be transferred.

Additional Requirements

Students will need access to a computer with Internet access.

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINES: July 15th (Fall), November 15th (Spring), April 15th (Summer)

The Certificate programs admit during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Prospective students are encouraged to complete the application process early. All application materials, including unofficial transcripts, recommendations, resumes, and supplemental application forms must be submitted by deadline for full consideration.

Please visit the Admission Requirements page before applying to the College of Nursing - Administrative Nursing Leadership Certificate.

Steps to Apply

Certificate Programs (except School Nurse Certificate)

Current UIC Students

  • Students who are currently in a graduate program at the College of Nursing should contact the Operations Coordinator (Office of Academic Programs) to complete a "Change of Record" form in order to request this certificate be added to your transcript. No Graduate Application is required.

Non-UIC Students

      1. Application Type: Graduate IBHE Certificate
      2. Planned Course of Study and Major: CERT Admin Nursing Leadership (Post-Bacc IBHE Certificate)

  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $60 for both domestic and international students.

A completed application requires the following items. Additional instructions on how to complete the Graduate Application can be found online at Apply to UIC.

  • Unofficial college/university transcripts reflecting most recently completed degree (bachelor's or higher) uploaded to the Graduate Application.*
  • Current resume uploaded to the Graduate Application.*
  • Copy of current nursing license uploaded to the Graduate Application.*
  • Completed College of Nursing Supplemental application uploaded to the Graduate Application.*
  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should come from a supervisor, former instructors, or anyone who can speak to your professional and scholastic abilities. It is preferred to have letters of recommendation from those with a graduate level degree. Personal references from friends, relatives or co-workers will automatically be disregarded.
  • Applicants who have attended an international college or University may be required to submit the TOEFL/IELTS exam. Please see the International Admissions requirements for TOEFL requirements.

* Upon submitting the UIC Graduate Application, applicants will receive an email notification within 1-7 business days from the Office of Admissions directing you to your application login webpage where you can begin uploading required items one at a time, as necessary. Please prepare an electronic copy of the required application materials in PDF format (a .doc Word file is also acceptable) so that they are available when requested. Click here for instructions on how to upload items to your application.


Additional materials are required of International applicants, including:

  • TOEFL OR IELTS scores
  • University or college issued transcripts or mark sheets for all undergraduate work in the original language
  • University or college issued transcripts or mark sheets for all post-baccalaureate work in the original language
  • Certified English translation of all credentials
  • Proof of all degrees awarded
  • For postsecondary coursework completed at an institution outside of the United States, applicants must request a Full Education Course-by-Course Report evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Schools CGFNS.
  • International applicants licensed in a political jurisdiction outside of the U.S. must also request the Validation of Registration/License Report from CGFNS.

Upon recommendation for admission from the College of Nursing, international applicants will be required to supply evidence of financial support for the first year of study. Visit the Office of Admissions' International Admission Requirements for further explanation of requirements.



Applications to Certificate programs will not be reviewed by the IHCI Faculty until after the application deadline for the semester in which the applicant is seeking admission. Applicants are generally notified of their admission status within 30 days of the application deadline.


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Although a reversal of an initial decision is unlikely, an applicant may appeal a denial of admission. Appeals may be submitted only by the applicant and must contain significant new information that was not part of the original application. This does not include grades received after the after application deadline or missing application materials (including late recommendations).

If an applicant chooses to appeal, the appeal must specify the decision being challenged and the basis or bases for that challenge, and must request a specific remedy. Appeals must be in the form of a written request to the College of Nursing. Further details can be found on the Graduate College's University Regulations website.