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 2016-2021 (the fourth 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. Function as a leader and change agent to promote holistic patient-centered care and population health.
  2. Translate evidence to develop health care practices in a culturally and ethnically diverse global society.
  3. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines that are essential for nursing judgment and practice.
  4. Integrate specialty practice knowledge to enhance interprofessional collaboration, inform decisions, and improve health outcomes.
  5. Exemplify professional values and standards, best practices, and the commitment to lifelong learning in the role of the master's-prepared nurse.
  6. Implement the role of master's-prepared nurse as part of the interprofessional team.
  7. Integrate scholarship, a spirit of inquiry, and innovation to support nursing excellence.

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.

General Education Component (61) + Bachelor/Master's Nursing Component (83)
Total Degree Credits Required (144)

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