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Nursing Administrative Leadership Certificate

Next Level Caring: Become a Nurse Leader.

The Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Nursing Administrative Leadership is a dynamic way for nursing professionals to gain upward mobility in the healthcare environment.

This certificate allows nurses to gain exposure to concepts that will help them grow as a nurse leader and make them a stronger candidate for promotion in the workplace. All of the courses in the post-baccalaureate certificate program can be applied to the full MSN program in Nursing Administrative Leadership


MSN and Post-Master's Nursing Virtual Information Session

June 13

Join us online to learn more about our MSN tracks as well as Post-Master's certificate opportunities. Hear from your program director and admission counselor to get your questions answered and get ready for your next steps in advancing your education and career!

Apply today to start next term
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

We will be accepting applications until the cohort is full.

Choose one of these Tracks in Nursing

Nursing Administrative Leadership

The Nursing Administrative Leadership track is designed to provide current and aspiring nurse managers and clinical nurse leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to guide daily operations in a variety of healthcare settings.

Top Reasons to choose Nursing Administrative Leadership Certificate
(Post-Baccalaureate) at florida southern college

Supportive Environment

This certificate provides a supportive learning environment with the goal of producing responsible and productive citizens who promote and advance the communities they serve.

Personal Touch

Through shared values and communal expectations, the faculty and support staff actively engage with student’s growth as they pursue their academic goals.

Caring Faculty

The program faculty develop caring relationships within a positive and enriching environment that cares for the whole person.

Meet our Mocs

Ernie Parani, APRN

Thoracic Surgery
Advent Health

Florida Southern College was the only in-person program which met my needs as a student. My experience was exceptional here. The in-person advisory meetings with faculty were invaluable and something you cannot get online. Completing the FNP program has allowed me to lead my own post-operative outpatient clinic. The group case studies helped me to become a better diagnostician and I am still building on that foundation today as a new APRN.

Samantha Rios

As a current FSC student, my goal is to become a Dermatology ARNP when I graduate from the MSN program. By earning my advanced degree, I will have a better understanding of how to treat a condition, when to provide a referral and how to create a plan of patient care. As future ARNPs, we are advancing our education so others can also be educated about their health. I chose Florida Southern's program based on the referral of a friend, who was currently in the program. My overall experience so far has been nothing but positive with my professors and peers. I am able to connect and talk with my professors whenever I have a question. My peers are amazing. We have built a solid team from the Day One and are looking forward to walking across that stage together soon.

Kara Pinero, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Minute Clinic Health

I chose Florida Southern for the intimate class size and for the impeccable reputation the school has within the community. I knew that I was going to be successful with my program and that my degree would be respected with my future employers. Not only did Florida Southern help me grow professionally, but I also grew on a personal level in ways that I never imagined. I have built lifelong relationships with not only my peers, but also with my faculty who continue to mentor me long after I have graduated. I am so thankful for the faculty at Florida Southern and I am extremely happy with my choice.

Laurel Lawerence, APRN

Bond Clinic, P.A.

I enjoy the classroom environment, so I was looking for a program that was local and hands-on, with a schedule that was flexible enough to work and care for my family. The instructors had many years of real world clinical experience that was a valuable addition to learning the content and application to clinical practice. I enjoyed learning with my peers and have continued to keep in touch with many of them. As a prospective student, a positive attitude is essential in the success of completion. Believe that you can do this. The staff and educators are there to help you along your journey to meet the goal to further your education.

Satoria Reid-Rowe, APRN, Family Practice

Baycare Medical Group

I chose FSC for my MSN program because of the location and flexibility of the schedule. I had great experiences with the professors and my classmates have become my friends. My advice to new students would be to manage your time well, communicate with your professors and put your all into the program. I am now enjoying being a part of the DNP cohort here at Florida Southern as well.

Kari Simpson, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine

I thoroughly enjoyed my cohort and my professors.  I appreciated the fact that I was known as both an individual and student and I feel that I received a top-notch education at FSC.

Mary Cornejo, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

I felt all the faculty remained involved throughout the program and it was a great learning experience. I'm glad I decided to enroll in an on-campus program for the personalized classroom experience.

Nikki Riegel, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner
Veteran Disability Assessments

I had an amazing class of individuals who banded together during one of the hardest times our country has faced and supported each other through it all. We encouraged each other and ensured we all made it to the finish line! I could not have asked for a better cohort.

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Program Details


Courses are offered in a flexible online format.

  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • BSN from a regionally-accredited institution and a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited nursing program
  • Professional Statement (no more than two pages, single spaced in length). Statement should highlight relevant work history and immediate and long term professional goals as an advanced-practice nurse. Statement should also demonstrate an understanding of the scope of an advanced-practice nurse and be specific to the MSN track selected.
  • Current Résumé
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: It is preferred that the applicant submit a variety of references (one from a master's prepared nurse, one from a college-level faculty member who has had them in class or was a program advisor, and one from a current or recent supervisor/employer). However, if attaining any of these specific types of references proves to be a hardship, the committee will consider three strong nursing-related references.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Required prerequisite courses completed with a “C” or better: health assessment, nursing research or evidence-based practice, and statistics or biostatistics course.
  • Proof of current active licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Florida.
  • Personal interview required for eligible candidates
  • Completion of a criminal background check, proof of immunization, and ten-panel drug screen (if admitted)


Due to SEVIS guidelines, we cannot consider international students for this track due to the fully online delivery method.

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog
Curriculum - 15 hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 5250 Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5550 Complex Healthcare Systems Operations Management (3 Hours)
NUR 5575 Human Capital Management (3 Hours)
NUR 5600 Applied Healthcare Economics and Financial Management (3 Hours)
NUR 5675 Strategic and Operational Planning in Healthcare (3 Hours)

Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules. $250 Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit (Upon acceptance and applied toward your first-semester tuition balance.)


Base Required Fees Cost
Tuition Per Credit Hour $630
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled $25 to $100

*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.

Looking for a full MSN program in Nursing Administrative Leadership?

Florida Southern offers the Master of Science in Nursing in four specialty tracks.

Learn More about our cross promotion offer

Program Contact

Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor