Nursing Leadership and Financial Management Certificate

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


The HSM Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Financial Management 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.  

Required Courses

  • HSA 5010 Accounting Principles for Health Services Professionals  3 cr.
  • HSA 5020 Financial Management of Health Services  3 cr.
  • NUR 5420 Management of the Healthcare Environment  2 cr.
  • NUR 5450 Business Planning for Nurse Leaders  2 cr.
  • NUR 5830 Leadership & Quality Improvement in Clinical Microsystems  3 cr.
  • NUR 5170 Management & Leadership in Nursing  2 cr.

Total 15 cr.

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:
Jay Jessen at or (313) 993-1828

Articulation to HSM Master’s Program

Credits earned in the Certificate may be applied towards a  Master’s degree in Nursing in Health Systems Management (HSM) 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.  

For Program Specific Information

Contact Julia Stocker Schneider, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the HSM Program at or 313-731-2097.