Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership, Clinical Systems Track

The Nursing Leadership program is an advanced education, nurse generalist degree created in response to an urgent call for better patient outcomes and improved coordination in the delivery of healthcare services. Graduates of the program will provide leadership at all levels of healthcare to move organizations toward evidence-based systems. This is the perfect degree for graduate nurses who do not wish to be nurse practitioners, but do want to maximize career options in dynamic healthcare environments. Career options include management, clinical nurse leaders, nurse navigators, care coordinators (trauma, stroke), hospital education, adjunct clinical faculty, quality improvement, risk management, and a variety of newly emerging roles. The MSN in Nursing Leadership is based on the assumptions and competencies of the AACN and the development of healthcare leaders. The program equips nurses to advocate for change and gives them the skills to make change happen.

This program targets nurses with diverse career specialties, professional goals and personal interests. In addition to a strong core of courses, the curriculum can be customized to meet the diverse needs of the nursing professional, allowing students to choose between two leadership tracks with coursework outside the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing. To better align students with the interdisciplinary healthcare environment, students can choose from the rich variety of courses in any of the graduate schools on campus.

Graduate Core Courses
NS 0521Advanced Nursing Roles for Systems Leadership and Improvement4
NS 0601Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
NS 0605Advanced Healthcare Policy3
NS 0608Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice3
Practice Core Courses
NS 0604Advanced Health Assessment4
NS 0640Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NS 0641Advanced Pharmacology3
Clinical Systems Leadership Specialty Courses
NS 0614Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement3
NS 0523Quality Outcomes Management I4
NS 0524Quality Outcomes Management II5
Elective
Select one graduate-level elective (Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering)3
Total Credits38
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
NS 0521 Advanced Nursing Roles for Systems Leadership and Improvement 4
 Credits4
Spring
NS 0604 Advanced Health Assessment 4
 Credits4
Summer
NS 0605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
 Credits3
Second Year
Fall
NS 0640 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
 Credits3
Spring
NS 0641 Advanced Pharmacology 3
 Credits3
Summer
NS 0614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
 Credits3
Third Year
Fall
NS 0608 Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice 3
 Credits3
Spring
NS 0601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
 Credits3
Summer
Master's Elective 3
 Credits3
Fourth Year
Fall
NS 0523 Quality Outcomes Management I 4
 Credits4
Spring
NS 0524 Quality Outcomes Management II 5
 Credits5
 Total Credits38