Master's Degree in Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems - FAQ

There is a shortage of individuals prepared at the graduate level to assume leadership roles in health care. The extensive knowledge you will acquire in nursing leadership and administration of health care systems will help address the shortage by developing nurse leaders who can create patient care delivery systems that effectively leverage human, financial, and technological resources to achieve evidence-based, fiscally responsible, quality outcomes.

Registered nurses with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university are eligible to apply for admission. Foreign applicants should visit International Students  for contact information.

The cost of the program depends on many factors, including how quickly you progress through the program. In addition to tuition costs, you should plan for costs associated with purchasing textbooks, Internet access and telephone charges. See Costs and Financing for more information.

Several financial aid opportunities are available to assist you with the cost of earning the MS degree including Federal Title IV financial aid. We encourage you to take advantage of these benefits. Visit our Financial Aid page for complete information on available programs, qualification requirements, costs, and details.

Yes. All students enrolled in the nursing master's degree program are required to complete the capstone.

Up to 16 semester hours of transfer credit can be accepted based on comparability of course content. Coursework must be less than five years old and must have a grade of "B" or higher to be transferrable. The Graduate Waiver Committee will review course syllabi from your previous coursework after you have been accepted for admission to the program.

The Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems specialization of the Master of Science in nursing degree consists of 37 required credit hours. The curriculum is organized into four components:

  • Nursing core courses
  • Informatics courses
  • Clinical systems management courses
  • Capstone project

Phase I: Graduate Nursing Core and Informatics Courses

Phase I consists of five nursing core courses and two informatics courses. All courses are delivered online. The graduate-level nursing core courses provide students advanced knowledge of the practice of nursing and the health care delivery system. The informatics courses provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to take leadership roles in planning, implementing, and evaluating information systems.

Phase II: Clinical Systems Management Component

Phase II consists of three online clinical management courses that provide students with opportunities to explore the practice of health care administration through the study of organizational and clinical systems, fiscal management, and operational systems. The management courses require synthesis of knowledge and application from the nursing core and Informatics courses. Students are required to complete the five nursing core courses and both informatics courses prior to beginning Phase II.

Phase III: The Capstone Experience

The Capstone Experience consists of an administrative project experience, an online seminar, and a leadership retreat. This culminating experience of the graduate program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and competencies acquired throughout the program of study to actual and simulated clinical situations. Students are required to complete all Phase I and II courses prior to beginning Phase III. The Capstone requires the completion of paperwork and other preparation several months prior to the course start date. Forms and supporting materials may be found on the Capstone Course Information page (login required).

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