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Looking to leverage your experience as a healthcare professional into a higher powered position? In a rapidly changing landscape in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership and management positions can offer new opportunities to those working in the healthcare sector. From social services to public health, all levels of the healthcare field are in need of leaders and innovators to effect change — and this could be you. With a unique specialization for registered nurses and other healthcare professionals, this fully online certificate combines practical and professional knowledge to help you transition smoothly into leadership and management roles.

Important Note: The Certificate in Nursing and Interprofessional Healthcare Leadership and Management will not be accepting any new registrants. This certificate has been discontinued effective Winter 2023. Students formally registered in the certificate prior to Fall 2022 must complete the program requirements in effect at the time they registered. For curriculum details, please refer to the archived calendar for your year of registration. For more information, please contact ce@torontomu.ca.

If this certificate interests you, you may want to check out our Certificate in Health Services Management.

Industry and Careers
Designed specifically for healthcare professionals and Registered Nurses, this certificate will not only enhance your existing skill set but upgrade your credentials to help put you on a track to leadership roles across hospitals, long-term care facilities, and social services.

Set yourself apart with your knowledge of management theories across all levels of organization:

  • Education, public health, community support, poverty alleviation, patient outcomes, and a firm understanding of healthcare systems

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Members of a regulated health discipline with a minimum of an undergraduate degree
  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Undergraduate students with a degree in health services management

What Will You Learn?
Customize your learning experience to match your professional goals and choose from a range of electives, from community conflict resolution skills to computer management. Utilizing the LEADS framework, students will apply core components of nursing leadership and management. With best practice guidelines for Developing and Sustaining Nursing Leadership by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), students will:

Lead self

Engage others

Achieve results

Develop coalitions

Systems transformation

Learning in action: Kimberly, a Chang School student and RN, put theory into real-life practice in her workplace through concepts and projects taken in the program.

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.


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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Toronto Metropolitan 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. 

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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.

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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.