Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems

Accredited RN to MS Degree from a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education


As a working nurse, you know the importance of strong teamwork and strong leadership.

Those values form the core of Excelsior College's RN to Master of Science in Nursing (Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems). Designed to fit the schedules of working professionals who hold an RN license, the program pairs a BS in nursing with a nursing master's degree. Overlapping coursework allows you to complete both degrees within an integrated framework.

The program develops exceptional leaders who can build effective nursing teams. Excelsior has been helping mature, motivated nurses advance their careers since 1971.

Named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for 2011-16 (the third consecutive time we've earned this honor), Excelsior College has a longstanding reputation for innovative nursing programs. Here's the School of Nursing's full story.


A Nursing Master's Degree That You Can Earn While You Work

Excelsior College's flexible distance-learning model clears away obstacles and distractions, so you can give your RN to MS studies the energy and focus they deserve. You'll benefit from:

  • Online classes that won't disrupt your work schedule or interfere with current job obligations.
  • Dynamic coursework that addresses real-world situations.
  • Academic support from Excelsior's award-winning advisors.
  • Budget-friendly tuition and fees (get the actual dollar costs), and a convenient automatic payment plan.
  • Online interaction with classmates and faculty.

An Excelsior RN to MS commands respect among employers and can open up new career opportunities. By specializing in leadership and administration of health care systems, you'll prepare yourself for leadership positions such as nurse administrator, chief nursing officer, or VP of nursing.

Take a look at the course sequence and credit requirements for the leadership and health care systems RN to MS degree. (PDF)

By completion of the program the graduate will be able to

  1. Articulate the role of the master's-prepared nurse within the philosophical, ethical, and theoretical framework of nursing science.
  2. Use knowledge and analytical skills to appraise the contextual environment of health care in order to inform and influence decision making across the health care system.
  3. Apply knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines in the use of clinical and management information systems to improve client care.
  4. Establish collaborative partnerships with diverse constituencies and interdisciplinary teams to pursue health-related goals and influence change.
  5. Apply principles and theories of performance improvement, systems thinking, health policy, and resource allocation to manage the health care enterprise or outcomes.
  6. Assume a leadership role in developing systems that provide care for individuals and populations.
  7. Use advanced communication strategies with multiple stakeholders to address professional and health care system issues and achieve goals.
  8. Develop approaches to health care delivery that address the ethical, legal, social, and political requirements of diverse populations and stakeholders.
  9. Create culturally sensitive and responsive environments of care.
  10. Incorporate the scope of practice, professional standards, and specialty knowledge to implement the role of the master¿s-prepared nurse in a variety of settings.
  11. Develop evidence-based practice using the research process to enhance safe, cost-effective, quality care.
  12. Take responsibility for lifelong learning, act as a role model, and make contributions to the profession.

All Excelsior College nursing programs are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. The ACEN is a specialized accrediting agency for nursing recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Minimum of 142 credits: at bachelor's phase - 60 in general education, 56 in nursing component and at the graduate level - 12 for phase I, 9 for phase II, and 5 for phase III.

NOTE: The name of this specialization will change to Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems, effective January 15, 2014.

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