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Master of Science in Nursing – Health Care Leadership

Master of Science in Nursing – Health Care Leadership

38 Credits / 90 Residency Hours / Completed in 24 Months
Delivery Mode: 100% Online

The Masters of Science in Nursing – Health Care Leadership program is designed to build a foundation for the nurse leader/administrator/entrepreneur to meet the evolving needs of emerging health care delivery models. This program is grounded in a Caring Science model that teaches the theoretical and evidenced-based practice of nursing. With a focus on transformational innovation, this program of study provides students with the skills necessary to become the nurse leader/administrator/entrepreneur of the future. The program provides a customized clinical residency experience designed to support the goals of the emerging nurse leader/administrator/entrepreneur.

Tuition Rate:
$13,190 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan:
$325 per month for 41 months


The Master of Science in Nursing – Health Care Leadership degree has program specific requirements for admission in addition to the general admission requirements.

Applicants seeking admission into a Master of Science in Nursing program must have earned a Bachelor of Science Degree or higher in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC); or National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Additional official transcripts may be requested for students who do not hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Must hold a valid unrestricted, unencumbered RN license in the state where student resides.

Applicants with foreign credentials must have coursework evaluated for equivalency by a member with NACES or AICE to that of a baccalaureate degree in nursing or higher.

Some programs require students to upload the following documentation into American DataBank (AKA “Complio”) prior to entering clinical courses. This documentation must remain current throughout the students clinical courses. For more information regarding these requirements please contact the Office of Field Experience.

  • Background clearance
  • Proof of negative drug screen
  • Proof of student professional malpractice insurance
  • Current personal health insurance
  • CPR Certification for healthcare providers by American Heart Association
  • Proof of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or appropriate treatment
  • Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) or titer
  • Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years
  • Proof of Varicella immunization or titer
  • Proof of Hepatitis vaccine series or titer
  • Proof of annual influenza vaccine
  • Additional laboratory tests, immunizations and/or documentation may be required for clinical experiences.

Per Credit: $325
Estimated Tuition: $13,190 (including fees)*
Monthly Payment Plan: $325/month for 41 months

  • This program is designed to be completed in 24 months.
Master of Science in Nursing, Health Care Leadership Total
38 Credits

Core Requirements

MSN 560: Transitions in Practice: The Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

This course focuses on the role and accountabilities of advanced practice nurses. Emphasis is on historical and contemporary contexts, major themes and theories crucial to successful development; execution of and leadership in advance practice nursing. Focus is also on the impact and evolution, certification, legal issues, ethics, best practices, standards, standardized procedures, prescriptive authority, and professional activities inclusive of advanced practice nursing roles.

3 Credits

MSN 561: Theoretical Foundation of Advanced Practice Nursing

This course will analyze major nursing theories and explore theories from related fields.  This course will apply the knowledge of nursing theory to evidence-based practice in domains of clinical, research, leadership, management and education. Students in this course will explore in depth the core concepts of Jean Watson’s Caring Science Theory. The student will develop a personal theoretical framework for their practice of advanced practice nursing- clinical practice, education, or administration.

Prerequisite: MSN560 Transitions in Practice: The Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

3 Credits

MSN 563: Evidence Based Inquiry for Scholarship and Practice

This course is designed to prepare the advanced practice nurse for utilization of existing knowledge to provide high quality health care, initiate change and improve nursing practice incorporating the principles of caring science.  Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of research and evidence, problem identification within the practice setting, awareness of practice outcomes, and the clinical application of evidence based practice.  Reasoning and critical thinking will be applied to explore qualitative and quantitative research methods. Understanding of statistical methods and critical analysis of data for the purpose of validating evidence will be integrated into course content.  Integration of knowledge from the humanities and science within the context of nursing science will be discussed. The student will define a clinical problem and design the evidence based practice project approach that will be developed in MSN 600: Evidence Based Capstone.

Prerequisite: MSN561 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing

3 Credits

MSN 564: Culture and Spiritual Care Across the Lifespan

This course focuses on an evidence-based approach to examining a wide range of cultural norms, religions, and alternative health care practices of varied racial and ethnic groups. Emphasis will be placed on using critical dialogue, reflection in action, and scholarship to explore how these practices affect design and implementation of culturally competent, individualized health care. The value of a multicultural professional nursing work force to assess, plan, and manage care according to the cultural and spiritual needs of individual patients and populations will be incorporated into dialogue and scholarship.

2 Credits

MSN 565: Nursing Leadership and Health Policy

This course will focus on providing students with the skills to navigate the challenges and opportunities that confront nursing leaders in complex healthcare environments. Techniques to develop successful leadership methodologies will include the use of multiple technology platforms, social media, e-leadership along with other emerging tools for the optimization and development of the nurse leader. Emphasis will be placed on the responsibilities of the nurse leader to understand and drive health policy at the local, state, national and international level.

Prerequisite: MSN564 Cultural and Spiritual Care Across the Lifespan or MSN563 Evidence Based Inquiry for Scholarship and Practice or MSN583 Legal and Ethical Issues for the Advanced Practice Nurse

3 Credits

MSN 600: Evidence-Based Capstone Project

This culminating integrative course provides the opportunity for students to develop and design an innovative evidence based project (PICO-T) that was identified and defined in MSN563. The capstone project must be founded in evidence based practice and either be supported by evidence in peer-reviewed literature or provide outcomes in identifying the effectiveness of the project. The students will be guided in the process of evidenced based project development, including formulation of goals and objectives, refinement of project design, implementation strategies, development of tools, data collection, identification of resources and evaluation. Through group discussion, students will participate in a process of peer consultation and critique in support of project refinement. Faculty will supervise students in developing their capstone project in conjunction with other educational resources that are selected by the students. The faculty will advise and approve the final project according to students’ specialty area. The projects may include electronic practice portfolio, a quality improvement project, an evaluation of a new practice model, clinical practice project, poster presentation, and manuscripts submitted for publication.

Prerequisite: Must be the last course in the degree or paired with one other course such as FNP597.

2 Credits

Health Care Leadership Specialty Requirements

MSN 580: Strategic Planning and Project Management in Healthcare

This course examines a variety of strategic planning methodologies and the theoretical perspectives behind each. It will review strategic planning process and resources allocation, and students will participate in the exploration of national health care delivery policy, financing structures, and review a development of marketing plans in health care.

3 Credits

MSN 581: Innovation in Organizational and Systems Leadership

This course will leverage current and emerging trends and innovations in health care system to enhance their organization and system leadership skillsets and leadership opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to explore sustainable solutions for today’s complex healthcare systems in a transdisciplinary environment.

3 Credits

MSN 582: Leadership and Organizational Behavior

This course will examine the nuances of leadership roles and organizational behaviors in today’s complex health systems. Students will learn to design, implement and lead transformation in complex healthcare systems.

3 Credits

MSN 583: Legal and Ethical Issues for the Advanced Practice Nurse

This course presents an overview of the legal issues facing the health care industry. It provides students with a basic working knowledge of health law and ethics. It is a comprehensive and inclusive review of a wide variety of health care legal issues. Students are provided with a realistic knowledge of health law and its application to the real world.

2 Credits

MSN 584: Quality Measures, Safety, and Improving Patient Outcomes

This course focuses on the key drivers affecting healthcare delivery such as the Quality and Safety movement. Students will learn methods of assessing quality and techniques for improving quality. They will learn how to develop a patient safety, and quality assurance program in healthcare.

3 Credits

MSN 585: Innovation in Healthcare Technology

This course will examine innovations theory as it relates to healthcare innovations. How to develop an environment that supports innovation in healthcare will be explored. A focus on emerging technologies for clinical practice and healthcare management will be examined as they relate to new healthcare delivery models and Telehealth. The changing role of technology, its use and abuse, and the barriers to implementation will be covered.

3 Credits

MSN 586: Entrepreneurship in Advanced Practice Nursing

This course will focus on the development of the nurse entrepreneur. With the guidance and support of the faculty, students will collectively tie together the lessons from their previous courses to design, develop and implement an entrepreneurial endeavor that will include a business plan, marketing strategy and tools that will align with their goals for their future.

3 Credits

MSN 587: Residency in Nursing Leadership and Systems Management

The course focuses on the Clinical Nurse Leader and System Management role immersion. This course includes 90 clinical residency hours.

2 Credits
90 Clinical Residency Hours