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Undergraduate Certificate in
Nursing Management


One of the primary reasons Penn State is recognized around the globe as a distinguished university is the sterling caliber of its faculty. As a World Campus student, you will learn from the same instructors who teach traditional classes on Penn State's 24 residential campuses.

Among the instructors of the nursing management certificate program are the following faculty members:

  • M. Ellen Hollars
    • Degree
      MSN, Penn State
    • Degree
      BSN, Penn State

    M. Ellen Hollars provides instruction for Penn State World Campus nursing management certificate courses and independent study courses, teaches part-time as a clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students, and serves as the COO of VNA Health System. Her research and practice interests include community health, home health and hospice, person-centered care, care collaboration, geriatric outcomes, and models of care delivery for home health. She has served community organizations in both a leadership and volunteer capacity, and she is passionate about teaching and helping new RNs and RNs pursuing their BSN degrees to be the best nurses that they can possibly be.

  • Mary Alyce Nelson
    • Degree
      DNP, Penn State
    • Degree
      MSN, Bloomsburg University
    • Degree
      BSN, Villa Maria College

    Dr. Mary Alyce Nelson is the coordinator of the Penn State World Campus RN to BSN program and an assistant professor/undergraduate nursing coordinator at Penn State University Park. She has held various administrative roles in inpatient, outpatient, and educational settings, and her areas of expertise are mental health and health care leadership. Her research area of interest is alternative models of mental health treatment in rural outpatient clinics.

  • Tiffany Patton, RN
    • Degree
      MSN, Nursing Education and Administration, Mountain State University
    • Degree
      BSN, Penn State

    Tiffany Patton received her school nurse certification from Slippery Rock University. Her background is in geriatrics, medical-surgical, psychology, school nursing, and management. She is a student in the doctoral program through the College of Education at Penn State.

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