Professional Nursing Leadership

One Common Core – Multiple Paths to Success

RNs seeking to advance in their career now have a flexible way to develop their expertise to become a nurse practitioner, professional nurse leader, or nursing educator, leading to advance practice roles. Our post-baccalaureate degree programs now share a common 24-credit core curriculum—12 credits of graduate core and 12 credits of advanced nursing science core, which includes advanced patho, pharm, and physical assessment—the foundation for your subsequent 18-credit chosen area of specialization. Once you complete your first degree objective, you can apply for a program to be certified in another specialty.

Pace is excited to announce its new Professional Nursing Leadership program, focusing on quality and safety assessments and improvement strategies, as well as team‑based approaches to culturally competent, evidence‑based solutions that prepare healthcare systems specialists to oversee and direct patient care.

Specialty courses include content on:

■ Risk assessment and quality and safety

■ Teaching and learning with an emphasis on coaching and mentoring

■ Clinical applications of technology and health information systems

■ Healthcare financing

■ Complexity and change theories

■ Socioeconomic influences upon healthcare

■ Systems management including human resource supports

■ Legal and ethical implications for intra- and inter-professional practice improvement are also discussed

This program is available as a 42-credit master’s program for nurses with a BS in Nursing, or a 36-credit Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) for master’s-prepared nurses. Graduates will qualify for national certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader.

No clinical experience is required for this program, so current BS in Nursing students about to graduate can apply for this program.

Both the MS and the CAGS are in an executive format with online learning coupled with convenient on-campus sessions.

Grad Nursing Core Credits
NURS 801 Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing 3
NURS 802 Leadership in Advanced Nursing    3
NURS 803 Advanced Nursing in Primary Health Care 3
NURS 804 Scholarly Inquiry in Advanced Nursing           3
Advanced Nursing Science Core  
NURS 681 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses    3
NURS 682 Clinical Pharmacology for Prescribing Providers         3
NURS 640 Advanced Physical Assessment    4/2 clinical
MS in Professional Nursing Leadership  
NURS 760 Quality and Safety in Primary Health Care  3
NURS 761 Teaching and Learning in Primary Health Care 3
NURS 762 Professional Nursing Leadership Clinical Immersion 3/3 clinical
NURS 763 Professional Nursing Leadership Clinical Immersion 3/3 clinical
Total Number of Credits 42


The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (post-master’s) is 21–36 credits based on previous graduate courses that may meet the requirements for NURS 804, 681, 682, and 640. NURS 801 and 802 are not required for the certificate program.

To learn more about this and other programs offered by Pace’s College of Health Professions, visit