The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration is designed for nurses who hold a bachelor's degree and desire to enhance their administrative skills and advanced practice nurses with master's degrees who seek additional knowledge to be competitive in managing personnel or groups.


The program consists of 12 credit hours and can be completed in 12 months of part-time study. The courses must be completed within four years.


NURS 6212 Program Improvement and Evaluation (3hrs)

Summer (first session)

NURS 6185 Theory and Application of Organizational Behavior to Nursing Systems (3hrs)

Summer (second session)

NURS 6187 Health Informatics, Budgeting, and Financial Management (3hrs)


NURS 6188 Strategic Planning and Decision making in Nursing (3hrs)       



Do you live outside of the State of North Carolina?

General requirements for graduate students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate School's website.

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration program:

  • A B.S.N. or Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree from a nationally accredited program.
  • Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment. OR Graduation from a post secondary level Nursing Program (United States RN Registration not required).

Required with application:

  • One official transcript from all academic work beyond high school; uploading unofficial transcripts inside of the Apply Yourself application is not required
  • A statement of purpose describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty
  • Three letters of professional recommendation

Students should complete the online Graduate Application for Admission. Post-Baccalaureate, or non-degree, students will need special permission from the Associate Director of the Graduate Division of the School of Nursing, Dr. Gwen Foss, before registering in distance education nursing courses.


Student Services prepares students for participation in UNC Charlotte distance education courses.

Among the topics in this orientation are: