Transformative Systems Leadership


College of Nursing




Center City, Dixon



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Nursing Graduate Programs

Position: Chair of Graduate Programs
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Position: Program Director
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The Advanced Certificate Program in Transformative Systems Leadership (TSL) is designed for nurses who aspire to advance their leadership skills, build their networks, and prepare for current and future-oriented strategic leadership roles in the ever-changing health care environment.

This flexible and highly collaborative program integrates current evidence, innovative strategies and tools to prepare students as skilled systems thinkers, communicators, creative problem-solvers, and effective change agents within local, regional, national, or global health care contexts. Students are able to pursue rich and varied clinical placements based on self-defined leadership goals. Through exposure to a robust selection of coursework students gain skills and insights that are readily transferable to current work settings and to their career advancement. Graduates are eligible, depending on employment role and work history, to apply for nursing administration/executive certification exams offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership.

Program Highlights

Program Outcomes

  1. Translate relevant research to promote evidence-based healthcare system transformation that optimizes safe, ethical, equitable, compassionate, person-centered care for diverse individuals and populations.
  2. Apply advanced leadership and policy skills in shaping the dynamic healthcare environment to overcome structural racism and other forms of discrimination that threaten inclusivity in the healthcare workforce and health equity for diverse populations.
  3. Apply principles of compassion, co-creation, and equity-centered design to build and test innovative ideas, disrupt the status quo and advance value-driven systems, products, and services within healthcare environments and their surrounding communities.
  4. Utilize evolving technologies and data and improvement science methodologies in advancing innovative care delivery models that optimize access, quality, outcomes, and value, while promoting fiscal responsibility.
  5. Appraise self-identity, values, vision, and leadership styles in order to effectively and ethically lead self and others in interprofessional transformative systems change in healthcare and health-influencing environments.
  6. Evaluate relationships between current and emerging care delivery, payment, and regulatory models with evolving population characteristics and health care and economic trends.