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 elective coursework outside the Egan School. To better align students with the interdisciplinary healthcare environment, students can choose from the rich variety of courses in any of the graduate schools at Fairfield for the elective coursework.

Graduate Core Courses
NURS 6521Healthcare Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement3
NURS 7601Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
NURS 7605Advanced Healthcare Policy3
NURS 7608Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice3
Practice Core Courses
NURS 7604Advanced Health Assessment4
NURS 7620Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology3
NURS 7641Advanced Pharmacology3
Clinical Systems Leadership Specialty Courses
NURS 6523Quality Outcomes Management I5
NURS 6524Quality Outcomes Management II5
NURS 7614Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement3
Elective
Select one graduate-level elective (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering)3
Total Credits38
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
NURS 6521 Healthcare Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement 3
NURS 7620 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology 3
 Credits6
Spring
NURS 7604 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NURS 7641 Advanced Pharmacology 3
 Credits7
Second Year
Fall
NURS 7608 Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice 3
Master's Elective (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering) 3
 Credits6
Spring
NURS 7601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
NURS 7614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall
NURS 6523 Quality Outcomes Management I 5
NURS 7605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
 Credits8
Spring
NURS 6524 Quality Outcomes Management II 5
 Credits5
 Total Credits38