100% online and flexible
designed to work with your schedule
Relevant learning content
developed with hospital-based nurse leaders
$6,653 estimated tuition cost
(Based on calculations for the 2022–2023 academic year)
(All of which can be applied toward our MS in Nursing)
Learn to Develop Effective Systems of Care
Healthcare is growing more complex, dynamic, and challenging — but with these challenges come opportunities for business-savvy healthcare leaders seeking to drive systemic change.
OpusVi™ and Northern Arizona University (NAU)’s online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Systems Leadership teaches learners to develop innovative approaches to implementing change that depart from traditional hierarchies. This brand-new program was created with hospital-based nurse leaders and leverages the strengths of individuals, communities, and systems to help learners face challenges brought on by the pandemic. All credits earned as part of this program can be applied toward OpusVi™ and NAU’s MS in Nursing (Strategic Systems Leadership).
Business finance and economics for health leaders
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
Strategic systems thinking
Our Graduate Certificate in Strategic Systems Leadership contains 12 credits, all of which can be transferred toward the 30 credits for our Master of Science in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership).
- Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program, with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- A bachelor’s degree in nursing or a healthcare-related field is preferred, but not required.
- Students with a GPA under 3.0 can be admitted as a “conditional admit” and take two classes in the graduate certificate. If they earn a minimum “B” average in each class, they will receive full admission to the program.
- If you are planning on transferring credits from this certificate to the Master of Science in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership), please ensure you meet the entry requirements for the master’s program.
Please inquire with us to ensure this program matches your needs and that your application will be successful. Once you are ready to apply, please fill out the graduate application form.
- Campus: Select “Organizational Partnerships Online”.
- Certificate: “Graduate Certificate in Nursing - Strategic Systems Leadership”
You will be prompted to submit your transcripts.
- NUR 551 — Business Finance and Economics in Practice
- NUR 561 — Population Health; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Care Coordination
- NUR 606 — Strategic Systems Thinking
- NUR 651 — Ethical Decision-Making
Total credits: 12
The curriculum is currently under development and is subject to change.
OpusVi™ and NAU have worked closely with experienced, hospital-based nurse leaders to ensure that the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Systems Leadership curriculum meets changing demands of a post-COVID workforce to equip learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to drive positive change in their healthcare organizations. Upon graduation, learners will be able to:
- Analyze how policies influence the structure and financing of healthcare, practice, and health outcomes
- Evaluate how healthcare financing, budgeting, value-based care, and workforce incentive models contribute to effective nursing and service line performance improvement
- Promote diversity (and divergent thinking) as a mechanism that will drive innovative idea sharing and problem-solving within population health management
- Interpret evidence-based practice and information from research for use in population healthcare coordination
- Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles and evidence-based best practices into healthcare practice to promote an inclusive environment and empower DEI leaders
- Implement a systems thinking approach in healthcare practice
- Examine how to create cross-continuum collaboration that encourages frank and open discussion around ethical challenges and problem-solving
- Incorporate core scientific and ethical principles in identifying potential and actual ethical issues arising from practice
- Develop and collaborate within interprofessional teams and partnerships by using effective communication strategies
- Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research, and interprofessional perspectives using translational processes to improve practice and associated health outcomes for patient aggregates
The learning outcomes align with Standards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
OpusVi™ and NAU’s Graduate Certificate in Strategic Systems Leadership has been created for healthcare professionals who:
- Want to advance their careers towards leadership roles
- Want to build a strategic business background in a healthcare context
- Aim to create a long-term, sustainable impact in healthcare at the team, system, and national policy levels
- Wish to improve care processes, outcomes, and patient experiences
- Want to develop strategies to drive meaningful change, lead diverse teams, and foster collaboration by generating data-driven, cost-effective solutions
As the curriculum was developed with hospital-based nurse leaders, this program is most appropriate for nurses who work in hospitals and acute care settings, especially as there is an option to transfer all credits for this program towards our Master of Science in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership).
- Based on our outlined schedule of 2 semesters (and 6 credits per semester), the total tuition cost is $6,653. This includes:
- A tuition rate per credit of $526.50
- Financial Aid Trust Fees ($21 per semester)
- Information Technology Fees ($84 per semester)
- Graduate Application Fee ($65 at time of application)
- Graduate Matriculation Fee ($25 for the first semester only)
- Graduate Application Fee ($35 when applying for graduation)
- Book and material fees are estimated to be an additional $100 to $150 per course. However, as student-centric organizations, we’re very conscious of cost and are working on providing students with the lowest-cost options possible. Book lists — which include ISBNs — are provided a few weeks before each course, so you can get books from the most affordable and convenient source for you. As an NAU student, you will also have access to a vast online library.
- Please note: These costs are estimates based on calculations for the 2022–2023 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of The Arizona Board of Regents or legislature.
What You Will Earn
- A Graduate Certificate in Strategic Systems Leadership awarded by Northern Arizona University (NAU)
- 12 credits, transferrable to the Master of Science in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership)
Stackable Option: Earn a Master of Science in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership)
OpusVi™ and NAU support needs-based qualifications — in other words: We want to give learners the option to study what they need when they need it. This is why all 12 credits you earn for this program can be transferred to the 30 credits for our MS in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership), priced at only $16,655 (Prices are estimates based on calculations for the 2022–2023 academic year and are subject to change). This opportunity will allow you to sample the specialization and learning experience prior to pursuing your master’s degree.
About Northern Arizona University
Since 1899, Northern Arizona University has fostered a collaborative community and a student-centered approach that engages students in active professional growth and research. Students work closely with faculty mentors, participating in rigorous scholarly activities and hands-on experiences in business, the arts, education, the humanities, and the sciences. Steeped in a rich history, NAU has nurtured a dynamic culture of academic inquiry and excellence that permeates its programs at the university's main campus in Flagstaff, more than 20 locations across Arizona, and online.
years as a student-first foundation
College in Arizona for Return on Investment by LendEDU 2021
of academic rankings worldwide based on quality of faculty, learning environment, research performance, publications, and more by The Center for World University Rankings 2020–2021
Best Online College in the Nation (Best in the Southwest) by Intelligent.com 2021
most enrolled Native American graduate students in the nation according to Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System data
College in the Nation for Veterans by Military Times 2021
Best Online College by OnlineColleges.com, 2018
Most Affordable Online Program in the Nation by Affordable Colleges Online, 2018
About Northern Arizona University’s School of Nursing
The vision and mission of Northern Arizona University’s School of Nursing is to provide outstanding education to students at the undergraduate, master, and doctoral levels so they can provide high-quality healthcare services to individuals and diverse communities in an environment of constant change. The School of Nursing has been established for over 60 years.
A World-class Learning Experience, Created for You
OpusVi™ and NAU are experienced in serving non-traditional students and healthcare professionals. We know that as a busy healthcare worker, you need flexible learning opportunities that fit into your schedule — and we think that the convenience of online learning and high-quality should go hand in hand.
We know that hospitals and acute care are unique systems. Our program was developed with experienced nurse leaders who know the challenges and opportunities of these specific settings.
Flexible learning that fits your schedule.
Study independently, but not alone.
Real-world, industry-applicable projects and assignments
Learn to make an impact.
High-quality video and learning content
Never a passive learning experience.
Backed by learning science
We want you to engage with and retain your knowledge.
Get feedback from instructors and engage with peers.
No, no active nursing license is required to study this program. However, as the curriculum was developed with hospital-based nurse leaders, this program is most appropriate for nurses who work in hospitals and acute care settings, especially since there is an option to transfer all credits for this program towards our Master of Science in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership).
No. The tuition cost is estimated to be $6,653 (plus an estimate of $100 to $150 per course for text books), regardless of your location.
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