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Healthcare Industry Changes Call for More Professional Leaders

MNU Post-Master’s Certificates Opened to All Disciplines

June 13, 2014

OLATHE, KAN,—Few industries are changing as much as healthcare, making the need for leaders who can navigate those changes more important than ever. In response to that need, MNU’s post-master’s certificate programs in healthcare administration and healthcare quality management are now available to anyone with a master’s degree from an accredited university. Previously only open to Master of Science in Nursing graduates, the certificate programs prepare people to advance in their organizations or make career changes.

Karen Wiegman, PhD, RN, associate dean, explains that individuals in many disciplines are taking the lead in healthcare management.

“Healthcare leadership has extended far beyond the reach of medicine and nursing,” Wiegman says. “There are leaders, sometimes many, in every hospital department, and not all of these leaders are nurses. This change opens the door so that master’s prepared leaders in all hospital departments may now learn this essential information.”

The 18-credit-hour Healthcare Administration Certificate program educates students to lead and function successfully in healthcare administration positions ranging from manager to CEO. Topics covered include fiscal management, managed-care contracting, strategic planning, staffing models, human resource development and many others.

Healthcare Quality Management, an 18-credit-hour program, prepares students to lead quality improvement efforts in various healthcare settings. The curriculum integrates concepts in outcomes management and research as the basis to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care within healthcare organizations. Students learn value creation, creating a culture of patient safety, enterprise risk management, and methods of measuring outcomes within the healthcare setting.

Both certificate programs include courses in healthcare law to equip graduates with an understanding of liability, compliance and regulatory issues.

Students can complete courses at their own pace by attending class once weekly or by taking classes online.  Students may begin taking Healthcare Administration or Healthcare Quality Management at any one of five annual start dates.

For more information on MNU’s graduate and post-master’s education, visit

About MNU

MidAmerica Nazarene University is a comprehensive, private, Christian, liberal arts university of more than 1850 students in Olathe, Kansas. The School of Nursing and Health Science offers an accelerated Master of Science in Nursing and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the following formats: an RN to BSN, an Accelerated BSN and a traditional BSN program. MNU’s main campus is located on 105 acres in Olathe, Kan. Select nursing programs are also offered online. Additional on-site locations include Liberty, Mo., and North Kansas City Hospital.

MNU is the proud recipient of six consecutive years of funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing scholarship program. The scholarship exists to encourage students into the nursing field and promote diversity. MNU is one of 52 select institutions nationwide to receive the funding this year.

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