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Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems Certificate

A graduate-level certificate

Nursing administration has become a very specialized and integral form of management. i-LEAD (Innovation inLEadership and ADministration in Nursing and Health Care Systems) provides nurses who are interested in advancing their careers with essential competencies to become effective leaders and managers in a variety of health care settings. Knowledge gained in cultural competence, informatics, and evidence-based practice will provide educated leaders with the ability to excel in today's complex and changing health care system. Students who graduate from the iLEAD program are eligible to take the AONE or ANCC Nurse Executive certification.

Application Instructions

If you are applying for a certificate, be sure to select the specific specialty as your desired program of study. If you would like to take individual courses, simply select Nondegree/Non-matriculated Student.

Be sure to address the program requirements within the open reponse field for purpose of registration.


The 15-17-credit iLEAD Certificate Program consists of five required courses, each three semester credit hours, and an optional two-credit internship.

This certificate may be completed in one to two years.

Courses are available as stand-alone courses to nondegree students and current CU degree students with program permission, however some are sequential and cannot be taken out of order.

  NURS 6790 Systems Theory & Leadership (3 Credits - Fall)

  NURS 6973 State of the Science: Systems (3 Credits - Spring)

  NURS 6794 Decision Support (3 Credits - Summer)

  NURS 6603 Health Systems Management (3 Credits - Fall)

  NURS 6793 Relational Communication (3 Credits - Spring)

  NURS 6795 Internship (2 Credits - Summer)


Unique Features

One crucial point in national health care reform is the state’s demand for nurses to support health care services continues to exceed the supply of qualified and educated nurses in health care systems. In addition, requirements of the nationally acclaimed Magnet Hospital recognition program have mandated that nurse managers hold a master’s degree. Our i-LEAD Program strives to make a substantial contribution in overcoming these obstacles.

  • The College of Nursing faculty are experts in health care systems, informatics, leadership, research and practice.
  • i-LEAD is available entirely online; therefore, it is accessible to students in rural Colorado, nationally and internationally.
  • i-LEAD utilizes the benefits of social media to integrate students into the administrative network of experts within Colorado as well as across the country.
  • Both in-state and out-of-state students share one low tuition rate.
  • The program is designed to foster nursing leadership and reduce health disparities.
  • This option provides faculty in associate degree programs the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in an accessible format.
  • Nurses interested in administrative positions will gain core competencies in management.