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School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing

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Nursing & Health Systems Leadership

The Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing & Health Systems Leadership program trains you to take on nursing leadership roles.

The Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing & Health Systems Leadership program trains you to take on nursing leadership roles and prepares you to:

  • Practice in an advanced nursing role in a variety of settings
  • Analyze trends in health care and health care administration practices that improve the health of society
  • Synthesize leadership theories and principles in human resources to promote nursing care in a variety of environments
  • Identify and analyze significant issues, including the value of comportment between clinical nursing practice and health care administration and provide leadership in the pragmatic resolution of conflicts
  • Synthesize principles of negotiation, ethical decision making, resource management, continuous quality improvement, problem solving, effective communication, and team building that create and maintain partnerships and collaboration for the purpose of cost-effective, high-quality health care
  • Demonstrate creativity, ability to share vision for spiritually sensitive and culturally aware strategies, and take calculated risks for enhancement of high-quality health care
  • Participate in research and incorporate finding confidently into the role of the nurse manager

Program length

The Nursing & Health Systems Leadership program is 39 credit hours, with 360 practicum hours, and can be completed on a full or part-time basis. By taking one to two classes at a time, you can complete the program in about two and a half years (three full academic years, along with the summers in between each year), though you have up to six years to complete the degree..


Courses are online only. 

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The curriculum includes 14 classes, practicum experience and completion of a scholarly project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Classes include both non-clinical core courses and clinical courses, which must be taken in a prescribed sequence. Our advisors will work with you to help you stay on track.

Practicum requirements include experiences in diverse settings, which allow you to develop skills under a variety of circumstances. You'll work one-on-one with faculty members to find preceptor locations that meet your learning goals.

To see specific courses in this program, view the Nursing & Health Systems Leadership pattern sheet. Complete course descriptions are available in the MSN Graduate Course Catalog.


Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $475/credit hour. Learn more about graduate fees/costs. ►

When can I start?

Non-clinical core courses are offered on a regular semester schedule. Students can apply at any time and begin courses in August, January or May.