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Are you a healthcare professional with aspirations of a leadership and management role in healthcare? 

In this fully-online certificate, you will build on your knowledge of leadership and management from your undergraduate degree to help you solve practical leadership and management issues.

This program aligns with the leadership and management functions of today’s healthcare professionals and is based on the LEADS Framework. The framework encompasses the current best practice guidelines for Developing and Sustaining Nursing Leadership by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO):

Lead self
Engage others
Achieve results
Develop coalitions
Systems transformation

Learn how Kimberly, a Chang School student and registered nurse, took the LEADS theory and put it into practice at her work.

What Will You Learn?

Learn the core components of nursing leadership and management using the LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework.

Choose electives to customize your learning and meet your professional goals and interests. See the column on the right side of the page for more details on electives and focus areas.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

This certificate was specially designed for healthcare professionals who wish to enhance their professional knowledge and skills and better position themselves to move into leadership and management roles.

Who Teaches The Course?

Our instructors are experienced leaders in nursing and healthcare management. They bring years of industry expertise into the classroom.

Dr. Nancy Purdy, RN, PhD, is the program’s Academic Coordinator. Nancy is an Associate Professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University. She has an extensive background in acute care, having worked in various clinical, education, and leadership roles. Nancy’s research interests centre on empowering work environments, patient outcomes, leadership, and program evaluation in education. Nancy participated on an expert panel to develop a best practice guideline for Developing and Sustaining Nursing Leadership in 2006 and was the co-chair for the panel that prepared the second edition of the guideline in 2013. 

Visit our Instructor Profile Directory to read instructor bios.

Industry & Careers

Whether you're a Registered Nurse (RN) considering a career in nursing management, or healthcare professional with aspirations of a leadership role, knowledge of leadership and management theories and related skills are critical across hospitals, long-term care facilities, social services, education, public health, poverty alleviation, and community support. All levels of an organization need practice leaders to innovate and transform the current healthcare system.

Certificate Requirements

  • Two required courses
  • Two electives*
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

*Electives are divided into two groups, allowing you to focus on specialized skills. Select courses from program planning and evaluation and/or leadership and management electives.

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official time span, the requirements from the year you registered in the program. For more information, refer to Time Span in our Glossary of Terms

If the certificate requirements change and courses are no longer available, you may request Course Substitutions/Directives. You must apply to graduate on my.ryerson (RAMSS) within the appropriate application deadlines (refer to Important Dates). Visit Graduation for details.

Recommended Course Sequence

Note: It is highly recommended that you complete CVNU 360 as your first course. The capstone course, CVNU 370, may only be taken as the last course in the certificate. You are encouraged to contact the program advisors in order to plan your capstone registration.

Admission Criteria

To qualify for registration into the certificate, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • be a member of a regulated health discipline with a minimum of an undergraduate degree
  • undergraduate (or equivalent) degree in health services management
  • registered practical nurse (RPN) license (recommended completion of two prior undergraduate courses with a C and written assignments)

Admission Application

Students who may need to refresh their baccalaureate leadership and management foundational knowledge and skills may be advised to consider taking one of the following prior to registering in the certificate program:

CNUR 831 - Leadership Development for Practice (for baccalaureate RNs only)
CHSM 306 - Management Leadership and Decision-Making
CKPM 211 - Leadership in Project Management
CMHR 405 - Organizational Behaviour and Interpersonal Skills

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will I have to spend on homework each week?
Students typically spend between four and six hours per week for each course.

Can I complete the entire Certificate in Nursing and Interprofessional Healthcare Leadership and Management online?
All of the courses are available online. Online courses can help you to fit your studies into your personal and professional commitments while still giving you access to a high-quality education.

How will I be tested in these courses?
Testing methods will depend on the specific content of each course. Generally, participants will be required to submit three pieces of graded work. Examples include essays and group presentations.

Contact Us

Questions about the certificate? Contact Dr. Nancy Purdy, Academic Coordinator. 

For more information about enrolling in the certificate or Nursing at The Chang School, contact Jouanna Labib, Student Affairs/Program Advisor.

Additional Details


Other electives may be selected with consultation and permission of the Academic Lead. e.g. CMHR 850: Coaching, Facilitation, and Internal Consulting; other Human Resources courses such as Recruitment and Selection, Training and development, Compensation, HR Planning, Occupational Health and Safety, Union Relations or other newly developed courses.