Master of Science in Nursing and Post Master’s
Nursing Leadership and Administration



Program Quick Facts

MSN Admits Terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Post-Masters Admits Terms: Fall, and Summer

Credit Requirement: 38 credits for the MSN; 23-27 credits for the Post-Masters

Enrollment Mode: Curriculum includes both online and on-campus courses

The MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration program sets a high educational standard as reflected by the US News and World Report ranking as the best graduate nursing school in Texas and among the top five percent (5%) in the country.  The program prepares graduates to be nurse leaders in highly complex and dynamic healthcare settings.  MSN graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to apply evidenced-based management principles to achieve high quality clinical outcomes in complex and changing healthcare environments.  By mastering the precepts of organizational efficiency and effectiveness, graduates will be poised to contribute to the advancement of nursing practice and improvement of our nation’s healthcare delivery system.

The program is dynamic and offers courses both online and on campus.  This blended format enhances the overall student experience by balancing the convenience of online courses with the personal and professional benefits of in-class learning and networking with other emerging nurse leaders.  In-class experiences also provide opportunity to dialogue with nationally renowned nurse leaders.  The length of time spent on campus is typically two (2) consecutive days per month.  Schedules for on-campus classes are provided well in advance to give working professionals adequate time to adjust personal and professional responsibilities to attend class.  Three (3) courses (see degree plan for courses ending in B) and the capstone preceptorship provides flexible practice immersion experiences with parallel application of classroom content. 

The Curriculum

The MSN program is grounded in standards of practice for nursing leadership and administration and essential nurse manager knowledge, skills, and attitudes.  This curriculum fully meets national quality standards and guidelines for graduate education in nursing leadership and administration.  Leadership theory, evidence-based management, business concepts, and advanced knowledge of nursing and healthcare management are included in this program of study.

Post-Master’s Certificate

The School also offers a Nursing Leadership and Administration Post-Master’s certificate program.  The Post-Master’s Certificate program of study is individually customized depending upon previously completed graduate coursework.

Course #Course TitleHours
Fall
N6701 Transforming Healthcare through Nursing Leadership 3
N6709W Project Management Foundations 1
N6102W Preparation of Scholarship Skillsin Advanced Nursing Practice 1
N6106W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Spring
N6702 Organizational Development: Creating Cultures of Excellence 2
N6702B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 1 1
N5501W Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing 2
N6708W Role of the Nurse Leader in Advancing the Health of Populations 2
Summer
N6703 Developing and Leading Human Performance 3
N6707W Analysing Issues in Quality Improvement 1
N6104W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts and Health Information Technologies 2
N6711W Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics 2
Fall
N6704 Organizational Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 2
N6704B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice2 1
N6706 Healthcare Financial Management 3
N6706B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 3 1
Spring
N6105W Evaluation and Application of Research in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N6705W Nursing Leadership and Administration Role Focus 2
N6710 Nursing Leadership and Administration Preceptorship (180 hours) 3
Total 38
Course #Course TitleHours
Spring
N6102 W Preparation of Scholarship Skillsin Advanced Nursing Practice 1
N6708 W Role of the Nurse Leader in Advancing the Health of Populations 2
Summer
N6709 W Project Management Foundations 1
N6711 W Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics 2
Fall
N6701 Transforming Healthcare through Nursing Leadership 3
N6106 W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice 3
N6104 W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts and Health Information Technologies 2
Spring
N6702 Organizational Development: Creating Cultures of Excellence 2
N6702 B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 1 1
N5501 W Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing 2
Summer
N6703 Developing and Leading Human Performance 3
N6707 W Analysing Issues in Quality Improvement 1
Fall
N6704 Organizational Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 2
N6704 B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 2 1
N6706 Healthcare Financial Management 3
N6706 B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 3 1
Spring
N6105 W Evaluation and Application of Research in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N6705 W Nursing Leadership and Administration Role Focus 2
N6710 Nursing Leadership and Administration Preceptorship (180 hours) 3
Total 38
Course #Course TitleHours
Summer
N6711W Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics 2
N6708W Role of the Nurse Leader in Advancing the Health of Populations 2
N6102W Preparation of Scholarship Skillsin Advanced Nursing Practice 1
Fall
N6701 Transforming Healthcare through Nursing Leadership 3
N6709W Project Management Foundations 1
N6106W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Spring
N6702 Organizational Development: Creating Cultures of Excellence 2
N6702B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 1 1
N5501W Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing 2
Summer
N6703 Developing and Leading Human Performance 3
N6707W Analysing Issues in Quality Improvement 1
N6104W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts and Health Information Technologies 2
Fall
N6704 Organizational Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 2
N6704B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 2 1
N6706 Healthcare Financial Management 3
N6706B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 3 1
Spring
N6105W Evaluation and Application of Research in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N6705W Nursing Leadership and Administration Role Focus 2
N6710 Nursing Leadership and Administration Preceptorship (180 hours) 3
Total 38
Course #Course TitleHours
Fall
N6701 Transforming Healthcare through Nursing Leadership 3
N6709W Project Management Foundations 1
N6102W Preparation of Scholarship Skillsin Advanced Nursing Practice 1
N6106W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Spring
N6702 Organizational Development: Creating Cultures of Excellence 2
N6702B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 1 1
N5501W Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing 2
Summer
N6703 Developing and Leading Human Performance 3
N6707W Analysing Issues in Quality Improvement 1
N6711W Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics 2
Fall
N6704 Organizational Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 2
N6704B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 2 1
N6104W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts and Health Information Technologies 2
Spring
N6706 Healthcare Financial Management 3
N6706B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 3 1
N6708W The Role of the Nurse Leader in Advancing the Health of Populations 2
Summer
N6105W Evaluation and Application of Research in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Fall
N6705W Nursing Leadership and Administration Role Focus 2
N6710 Nursing Leadership and Administration Preceptorship (180 hours) 3
Total 38
Course #Course TitleHours
Spring
N6708 W Role of the Nurse Leader in Advancing the Health of Populations 2
N6102 W Preparation of Scholarship Skillsin Advanced Nursing Practice 1
Summer
N6709 W Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics 2
N6711 W Project Management Foundations 1
Fall
N6701 Transforming Healthcare through Nursing Leadership 3
N6106 W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Spring
N6702 Organizational Development: Creating Cultures of Excellence 2
N6702 B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 1 1
N5501 W Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing 2
Summer
N6703 Developing and Leading Human Performance 3
N6707 W Analysing Issues in Quality Improvement 1
Fall
N6704 Organizational Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 2
N6704 B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 2 1
N6104 W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts and Health Information Technologies 2
Spring
N6706 Healthcare Financial Management 3
N6706 B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 3 1
Summer
N6105 W Evaluation and Application of Research in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Fall
N6705 W Nursing Leadership and Administration Role Focus 2
N6710 Nursing Leadership and Administration Preceptorship (180 hours) 3
Total 38
Course #Course TitleHours
Summer
N6711W Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics 2
N6708W Role of the Nurse Leader in Advancing the Health of Populations 2
Fall
N6701 Transforming Healthcare through Nursing Leadership 3
N6709W Project Management Foundations 1
N6102W Preparation of Scholarship Skillsin Advanced Nursing Practice 1
N6106W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Spring
N6702 Organizational Development: Creating Cultures of Excellence 2
N6702B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 1 1
5501W Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing 2
Summer
6703 Developing and Leading Human Performance 3
6707W Analysing Issues in Quality Improvement 1
Fall
N6704 Organizational Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 2
N6704B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 2 1
N6104W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts and Health Information Technologies 2
Spring
N6706 Healthcare Financial Management 3
N6706B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 3 1
Summer
N6105W Evaluation and Application of Research in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Fall
N6705W Nursing Leadership and Administration Role Focus 2
N6710 Nursing Leadership and Administration Preceptorship (180 hours) 3
Total 38
Course #Course TitleHours
Fall
N6701 Transforming Healthcare through Nursing Leadership 3
N6709W Project Management Foundations 1
Spring
N6702 Organizational Development: Creating Cultures of Excellence 2
N6702B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 1 1
N6708W Role of the Nurse Leader in Advancing the Health of Populations 2
Summer
N6703 Developing and Leading Human Performance 3
N6707W Analysing Issues in Quality Improvement 1
N6711W Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics 2
Fall
N6704 Organizational Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 2
N6704B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 2 1
N6706 Healthcare Financial Management* 3
N6706B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 3* 1
Spring
N6705W Nursing Leadership and Administration Role Focus 2
N6710 Nursing Leadership and Administration Preceptorship (180 hours) 3
Total 23-27

Student Support

Each student will be assigned an academic advisor at the time of admission to the program. The student and the academic advisor will complete a degree plan to specify which courses will be taken to complete the degree requirements. Degree plan policy and procedures may be found in MSN Program Policy G5320 (pdf).

Additional details on preceptorships are available for review in the Preceptor Guidelines. This webpage provides an outline of criteria for selection of preceptors and clinical sites, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the student, preceptor, faculty, and clinical site in the precepted clinical experience.

Tuition and Financial Assistance 

Cizik School of Nursing is proud of its commitment to graduate education through the offering of merit and need-based scholarships and grants. The application process is competitive and begins during the application review cycle. 

To be considered for a Cizik School of Nursing Scholarship award, please submit the  Scholarship Application after applying for admission. To receive the greatest amount of consideration, interested students are encouraged to apply by the MSN priority application deadline date. 

Career Opportunities for Nurse Leaders

  • Leadership positions in all healthcare delivery settings: acute care, outpatient, and community-based
  • Leadership positions in case management, quality improvement, risk management, and others
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Clinical or Administrative Nurse Director
  • Chief Nursing Officer in facilities outside major metropolitan areas; graduates interested in the CNO role in major metropolitan areas will benefit from our doctoral programs: PhD or DNP Nurse Executive option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it possible to take all of my courses online?
A: Many of the courses are fully online; course numbers followed by W are online.  Many of the nursing leadership and administration specialty courses have face-to-face classes two (2) consecutive days per month each semester.  Class time focuses on leadership skill building, such as presentation skills and professional etiquette, and guest presentations for nurse leaders in the Texas Medical Center and from across the country.