Nursing Leadership and Financial Management Certificate

Health Systems Management (HSM) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Financial Management


HSM Certificate Options

Certificate options are available for those who wish to receive advanced specialty education without the completion of an entire Master’s program. These certificates are available to those who already have a master’s degree, as well as those with a BSN desiring specialty knowledge in the areas of Outcomes Performance Management and Nursing Leadership and Financial Management. These specialty certificates can be obtained after completing the requirements for the certificate. Those completing a certificate may choose to apply earned credits from certificate coursework towards the completion of a Master’s in Nursing degree in Health Systems Management.


The HSM Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Financial Management (15 credits) at the University of Detroit Mercy provides qualified nurses with an opportunity to gain specialty knowledge in key areas including leadership, management, strategic & business planning, budgeting, financial management and human resource management.  Students will gain hands-on experience in leading a quality improvement effort through completion of a 100-hour experience in a clinical microsystem.  Nurses working in or aspiring to positions in nursing or healthcare management and other leadership areas will benefit from the knowledge and skills they will gain from this program.  The program is taught in an engaging online format that is flexible and student-centered.  Students need not be a resident of Michigan to enroll in the program. 

Articulation to MSN Programs

Credits earned in the Certificate may be applied towards a master’s degree in Nursing in Health Systems Management (HSM) or Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) for those who meet admission criteria for the MSN program.  For entry into the Master’s program, candidates must have a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program.  All degree requirements must be completed within seven years. 

A Note to Online Students

It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants may contact the applicable licensing board.

Sample Program Plan

NUR 5420 – Management of the Healthcare Environment (2 credits)

NUR 5450 – Business Planning for Nurse Leaders (2 credits)

NUR 5830 – Leadership & Quality Improvement in Clinical Microsystems (3 credits)

NUR 5170 – Management & Leadership in Nursing (2 credits)

HSA 5010 – Accounting Principles for Health Services Professionals (3 credits)

HSA 5020 – Financial Management for Health Services Professionals (3 credits)

Total: 15 credits

Admission Criteria

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing or another field

  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75

  3. A minimum of 2000 hours as a registered nurse in the state of Michigan

  4. Official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  5. An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Michigan
  6. One letter of professional recommendation from someone in a supervisory capacity

  7. An autobiographical statement of personal goals and objectives

  8. An interview with graduate faculty

Application to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

You can apply to the HSM Certificate program in Nursing Leadership and Financial Management through our online application. For questions or assistance regarding the application process, contact:   Suzanne Erwin at or (313) 993-1828

For Program Specific Information

Contact Julia Stocker Schneider, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the HSM Program at or 313-731-1790.