College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Master of Science in Nursing – Health Care Leadership

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:
$12,350 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan:
$325 per month for 36 months


Applicants must meet the general GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS.

Program Requirements

This program is designed to be completed in 24 months. An accelerated pathway is available and can be completed within 12 months.

For more information about program requirements, completion and licensure refer to the UNIVERSITY CATALOG.

Core Requirements

MSN560: 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.

MSN561: 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.

MSN563: 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.

MSN565: 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. Advanced nursing leadership to ensure nursing workforce diversity for optimal outcomes of patients and healthcare delivery teams and advocacy for vulnerable populations will be explored.

MSN600: 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.

Health Care Leadership Specialty Requirements

MSN580: 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.

MSN581: 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.

MSN582: 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.

MSN584: 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.

MSN586: 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. Students will develop a presentation pitch for their business plan for peer critique.

MSN587: Residency in Nursing Leadership and Systems Management

This course includes 100 leadership residency hours working in collaboration with a nurse leader preceptor to accomplish pre-determined clinical learning objectives which will enable students to apply knowledge learned throughout the MSN program with a goal of enhancing leadership knowledge and skills. Weekly discussion forums and readings will focus on cutting-edge quantum leadership and complexity science theories and other topics pertinent for 21st Century transformational nursing leadership.