Certificate Program Details

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University of West Georgia School of Nursing ranked 34th in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2013).

The Post-Master's Certificate in Health Systems Leadership offers two different tracks of study:

The Leader/Manager Role track is designed to increase knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a variety of nursing leadership positions within the evolving healthcare environment. Courses focus on nursing leadership/management, managed care, outcome measurement, patient safety, quality improvement, cost effectiveness, patient-centered care and implementing change in the health delivery system.

The Clinical Nurse Leader track prepares nurses for the CNL role as developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2003). A CNL is a generalist who provides and manages care at the point of service by coordinating, delegating, and supervising care activities provided by the health care team, which includes licensed nurses, technicians, and other professionals. The CNL assumes accountability for client care outcomes by assimilating evidence-based information and using it to design, implement, and evaluate care. Courses focus on patient-centered care, evidence-based practice pharmacology, client-care coordination, holistic health assessment, care of diverse populations, health policy, health systems, business and economics, statistics, leadership/management, quality improvement, risk management, and public/community health.

Program Description

The School of Nursing post-master's certificate programs are designed for master's prepared nurses who desire further education for roles in nursing. The School of Nursing accepts applications for admission to the post-master's certificate programs that begin each Spring Semester. Coursework completion is possible in as little as 1 year. Degrees are conferred in May. The School of Nursing Post-Master's Website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information. Contact Ms. Alyicia Richards (Pre-enrollment advisor) alyrich@westga.edu 678-839-5115

Method of Delivery

Coursework is available 95% online; each course requires one face-to-face meeting.

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 10/12
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 0

Tuition & Fees

Save money.

Online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many ways. No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Out-of-state students are not charged non-resident tuition rates.

Earn more.

The completion of an accredited online degree also increases your earning potential.

The bottom line - value.

Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools.

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)

Coursework

The Clinical Nurse Leader track requires 12 credit hours (if pre-requisites have beem met).

The Leader Manager Role requires 10 credit hours.

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Role Practicum I - NURS-6187
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: This practicum introduces the student to the clinical nurse leader (CNL) role. Emphasis is placed on assessing a clinical microsystem and identifying the role of the CNL in addressing selected problems. Students will participate in the role of the CNL in collaboration with a preceptor and faculty.

Clinical Nurse Leader Role Practicum II - NURS-6287
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: This practicum focuses on the initial transition of students into the clinical nurse leader role of clinician, outcomes manager, client advocate, educator, information manager, systems analyst/risk anticipator, team member, member of the profession, and lifelong learner. Students will function under the guidance of a faculty member and clinical preceptor.

Clinical Nurse Leader Role Practicum III - NURS-6387
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 4.0

Description: This course is an immersion experience in the role of the clinical nurse leader. Opportunities are provided for students to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice in the clinical setting under the guidance of a faculty partner and clinical preceptor.

Health Promotion & Advanced Health Assessment - NURS-6401
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. This course is designed to prepare nurses with advanced health assessment and health promotion skills and knowledge focusing on various physiologic systems across the life span and within special populations.

Advanced Applied Pharmacology - NURS-6403
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. The course is designed to address nursing management of pharmacologic therapeutic interventions associated with illness, disease, and health promotion across the lifespan. This course builds on and expands the baccalaureate foundation of applied pharmacology with application of pharmacokinetic methods, pharmacodynamic principles, and pharmacotherapeutic nursing interventions

Advanced Pathophysiology - NURS-6404
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. The course is designed to provide a scientific knowledge base of selected pathophysiological states associated with health and disease. Such knowledge is foundational for clinical decision-making and nursing management.

The Role of the Nurse as Leader and Manager - NURS-6601
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: An exploration of the role of advanced nursing practice related to health systems leadership. Specific theories related to leadership, quality improvement and outcomes management will be included.

Problem Solving in Health Systems Leadership - NURS-6602
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: Using a case study systems approach, this course provides an in depth examination of identifying health systems leadership problems and identifying specific theory-based and/or research interventions designed to solve identified problems.

Outcomes Evaluation in Health Systems Leadership - NURS-6603
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: Using a case study approach, students will examine methods/ processes to assess outcomes related to health systems leadership. Individual and group outcomes will be addressed Students will explore ways to document and present evidence of outcomes evaluation. Students will explore the outcome evaluation as an essential role for the advanced practice nurse.

Health Systems Leadership Role Practicum I - NURS-6687
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This practicum course focuses on decision-making and problem-solving in the health care delivery system utilizing theory and research. Opportunities are provided for students to demonstrate competencies in selected roles of health systems leader/manager in a clinical setting.

Health Systems Leadership Role Practicum II - NURS-6887
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This practicum course focuses on outcomes evaluation and builds upon the Role Practicum I course. Opportunities are provided for students to demonstrate analysis and synthesis of the outcome evaluation process.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Earned Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. 
  • Non-refundable $40.00 application fee (one time only).
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended.
  • Satisfactory certificate of immunization (if you are a new student).
  • Evidence of current unrestricted licensure to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States and evidence of licensure in the state in which the practica will occur.
  • Professional resume or curriculum vita.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Application Deadlines

Admits only in Spring

Admission Deadline: Nov 15

Admission Process Checklist

How to Apply:

  • Go to the Graduate Studies Website
  • Click "online application" under step 1
  • Create an account
  • Complete the application
  • Please provide RN license number of current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States within the application .

Proof of the following should be submitted to the Office of Admissions:

  •  One transcript from each college or university attended

Please submit all transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30117

Proof of the following should be submitted to the School of Nursing (ATTN: Embry Ice):

  • Profession curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please submit the above documents to:

University of West Georgia
School of Nursing (ATTN: Embry Ice)
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118

The program specific admission checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/msn/index_171.php

One exception: If you will never travel to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

Office of Admissions 678-839-5600 678-839-4747 (fax) admiss@westga.edu

Admissions – Mandeville Hall
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-416

The School of Nursing Website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

Contact
Ms. Embry Ice (Pre-enrollment advisor) eice@westga.edu 678-839-5115

 

Dates

Spring 2013 Admission Deadline: Nov 15, 2012

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • 1.Utilize theoretical models, information systems and technology to perform effectively in a variety of nursing practice, leadership, and educational roles. (competence and critical thinking).
  • 2.Critically appraise original research for practice implications in the context of evidence-based practice.
  • 3.Examine influences on nursing practice and education, including social, economic, ethical, legal, and cultural diversity issues (conscience and critical thinking).
  • 4.Implement evidence-based practice competencies to achieve quality outcomes and enhance nursing care delivery, leadership and education (critical thinking).
  • 5.Implement evidence-based practice competencies to achieve quality outcomes and enhance nursing care delivery, leadership and education (critical thinking).
  • 6.Develop and implement practice, leadership, management, and teaching strategies for the improvement of healthcare or nursing education (commitment).
  • 7.Communicate effectively using a collaborative approach to improve nursing education, the quality of professional nursing practice and the healthcare system (collaboration and communication).
  • 8.Attain a level of scholarship congruent with preparation for doctoral study (commitment).
  • 9.Practice nursing in leadership and education roles in a manner that reflects caring as the essence of nursing (caring).
  • 10.Engage in advanced nursing practice that reflects a holistic view of self and others and respect for diverse cultures (holism).