Nursing Leadership and Financial Management Certificate

Nursing Graduate Program in Health Systems Management (HSM)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Nursing Leadership and Financial Management


The Nursing Leadership and Financial Management Certificate Program 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. An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Michigan
  5. One letter of professional recommendation from someone in a supervisory capacity

  6. An autobiographical statement of personal goals and objectives

  7. An interview with graduate faculty

Application to the program can be made to the HSM Certificate program in Leadership and Financial Management through our online process. For questions or assistance regarding the application process, contact Karin LaRose -Neil at or (313) 578-0358. 

Articulation to HSM Master’s Program

Credits earned in the 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 More Information...

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

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