Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN in Healthcare Systems Leadership program is based on the MSN Essentials and builds on the student’s  current knowledge and expertise. Graduates that complete this program will have a fuller understanding of the discipline of nursing in order to engage in higher level practice and leadership in a variety of settings and to commit to lifelong learning.  Students will take a series of courses that prepare them to function as change agents in multi-dimensional roles in the organization and community. The curriculum emphasizes leadership effectiveness in micro and meso organizational/systems/settings, evidence-based management, quality/safety, information management expertise, and strategies to make organizational effectiveness strategies.  MSN courses are offered on-line.  Graduates will be prepared to:

1. Lead change to improve quality outcomes,

2. Advance a culture of excellence through lifelong learning,

3. Build and lead collaborative inter-professional care teams,

4. Navigate and integrate care services across the healthcare system,

5. Design innovative nursing practices, and

6. Translate evidence into practice (AACN, 2011, The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing)

Admission Requirements - The Master of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Systems Leadership program builds on a student's undergraduate degree, and prepares the individual for advanced practice nursing in a chosen specialty. Research utilization, evidence-based practice, and leadership are emphasized throughout the program. Applicants to the master's degree program must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the following requirements of the nursing program: Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale; Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a school accredited by a nationally recognized organization and goal statement, three references, and interview. Unencumbered RN licensure required in/for the state where clinicals take place. Final admission recommendations are made on a competitive basis.

Plans of Study

Full-time sample plan
Part-time sample plan

Course descriptions are available in the University Registrar’s Bulletin.