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Certificate for Leadership & Innovation in Health + Design

The School of Nursing and the Graduate Program in Architecture + Health at Clemson University are collaborating on an online, distance education certificate program to educate health and design professionals (nursing, allied health, architecture) in the art and science of healthcare design. Florence Nightingale influenced education and practice for both nursing and architecture. Nurses and architects have long understood that good design leads to good health.

The purpose of this scholarly certificate program is to inform nurses, allied health and designers to collaborate in architecture design + health for a positive impact on the environment in which patients and their families experience care. 

Post-baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral graduates are encouraged to apply.

The goals of the certificate program are to:

  1. Understand frameworks that impact the built environment for improved health care outcomes.

  2. Educate health and design professionals (nursing, allied health, architecture) to practice and advocate for improved quality settings and delivery of health care within health care environments.

  3. Understand the role of health systems science as it relates to interprofessional care providers and health leaders through interdisciplinary collaboration and the health care built environment.

  4. Apply and disseminate knowledge on the impact of the built environment on health care acquired in a clinical, industry or academic setting.

  5. Prepare design professionals to interact and work with clinical healthcare providers in collaborative cross-disciplinary design and design decision-making.

Why enroll in this program?

While there are many certificate programs to choose from, we offer a few reasons to select this one:

  • We offer courses led by internationally recognized leaders in nursing and health care architecture research, education and design.
  • This is a blended program, suited for working professionals and recent graduates with a passion for the design of health care environments

Clemson University Program Leaders:

For more information, please contact Kathleen Valentine at

  • Course information

    Plan of Study

    Prefix & Number


    Credit hours


    ARCH 8650

    Topics in Health Policy, Planning & Administration


    Spring Year 1

    NURS 8070 Nursing Research Design & Methods 3 Summer Year 1
    ARCH 8860 Health Facilities Planning and Design 3 Fall Year 1

    NURS 9060

    DNP Outcomes Management + Practicum (45 hours)


    Spring Year 2


    The courses would be taken in sequence:

    1. Arch 8650: Provides a general overview of the context for the planning and design of health care organizations and health care facilities in the United States. Major current trends and issues in public policy, planning and the business of health care organizations are covered
    2. Nurs 8070: Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies useful and appropriate to clinical nursing practice and for the development of nursing knowledge; ethics with human subject; does not include thesis advisement.
    3. Arch 8860: Current planning and design considerations for health care facilities. Conducted as a series of professional seminars examining overall infrastructure planning and design consideration and detailed considerations for specific areas in hospitals. Topics are covered by Architecture + Health faculty and national recognized practitioners
    4. Nurs 9060 as each course content builds on the other: Examines the science of systems improvement, including the models, methods, and tools of process improvement applied to healthcare. Emphasis is on designing outcomes and evidence-based, safe and efficient processes and workflows to achieve customer satisfaction and targeted outcomes. A practicum component with quality experts permits guided application of classroom content.
  • Application information

    Dates and Deadlines:

    1. Apply by Dec. 1, 2021 for a Spring admission
    2. Apply by May 1 for a Fall admission

    Do you qualify for entry?

    1. Master's Degree in related field (i.e Nursing/Allied Health/Architecture) GPA 3.0 or higher
    2. Post-baccalaureate graduates are encouraged to apply and will be considered.
    3. Ph.D. in related field GPA 3.0 or higher
    4. In the case of international students, TOEFL score of 90 or greater (within past 2 years)

    You will need these application documents:

    1. Personal Statement: What are your reasons for pursuing this certificate program? What are your reasons for choosing Clemson University?
    2. References: 3 total (academic and professional)
    3. Licensure: In appropriate disciplines
    4. Clemson University Graduate School Application forms
    5. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    6. Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions


    Click here to apply.


    For students who have successfully completed the certificate program and want to return for degree seeking in either school, you’ll have to re-apply to the appropriate degree program, and you may only transfer up to 6 credit hours of the coursework completed.

    Anticipated Costs of the Program

    TOTAL Program Tuition: $9,240