Post-MSN Certificates for Nursing Leadership

As employment opportunities and demands of the health care environment change, nurses at the graduate level need additional specialty education. The College of Health Professions at Wilmington University has developed several options for nurses holding an earned M.S.N. degree: Executive, Educator, and Legal Nurse Consultant certificates.

All candidates for the post-master’s certificate must make an application to the program as a certificate candidate and must meet the admission requirements for the M.S.N. program. A course of study may be individualized based on the type of M.S.N. held by the candidate. As of fall 2007, all LNC specified courses are offered through Online Learning. Applicants may obtain a Graduate Certificate Program Form from by downloading it from the Wilmington University Registrar’s webpage.

Candidates who are nurse practitioners already, and are seeking additional certification in a different track, need to meet different requirements from those MSN graduates seeking nurse practitioner certification for the first time. This applicant must have graduated from an accredited program with an earned MSN and be licensed as a nurse practitioner. A portfolio must be submitted to verify previous clinical experiences. A range of 140-260 previous clinical hours may be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), based on the portfolio. However, a minimum of 240-360 clinical hours (2-3 clinical courses) will be required within the course of study at Wilmington University. The type of clinical experiences will be based on the student's portfolio, which will identify the gaps in their clinical knowledge base. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Certificate Program Competencies

Through completion of the selected certification program, graduates will:

Executive Role

  1. Demonstrate a firm knowledge base in the areas of executive and management theories.
  2. Fill a leadership role in executive nursing practice through collaboration; client, staff, and management advocacy; sensitivity to diversity; and ongoing involvement in professional organizations.
  3. Negotiate an appropriate role within the context of an evolving health care system.

Educator Role

  1. Incorporate findings from teaching/learning theories and research to educate individuals and groups.
  2. Fulfill a leadership role in the area of education by facilitating and encouraging the exploration and application of knowledge.

Legal Nurse Consultant

  1. Implement knowledge of the medical and legal system to meet the needs of their clients and society.
  2. Negotiate an appropriate role within the dynamic legal system.
  3. Promote the art of nursing by valuing the unique relationships among people, which create meaning and preserve human dignity.

Course of Study

Executive Role(15 credits)

MSN 7750 Available Online  Teaching and Learning in Nursing

MSN 7755 Executive Leadership field practicum


Students select three courses from the following Graduate College of

Business offerings:
HCA 7720 Available Online  Health Policy and Economics
HCA 7730 Available Online Health Insurance and Reimbursement
HCA 7740 Available Online Legal Aspects in Health Care
HCA 7745 Available Online  Marketing in the Health Care Sector
MGT 6501 Available Online  Organization Theory and Design
MGT 6503 Available Online  Leadership Development and Change Management
(Program Chair may approve from other choices)

Educator Role (15 credits)

MSN 7750 Available Online  Teaching and Learning in Nursing

MSN 7752 Available Online Clinical Teaching and Evaluation

MSN 7753 Available Online  Curriculum Development

MSN 7754 Educational Leadership field practicum


Students select one course from among the following:
MEC 6401 Available Online  Theories of Counseling
MED 7710 Available Online  Technology and the School Environment
MSN 7705 Available Online Educational Measurement
(Program Chair may approve other choices)

Legal Nurse Consultant (18 credits)

Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.