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RN to MSN in Nursing Leadership

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Program Quick Facts
  • Admit Term: Summer
  • Credit Requirement:46
  • Enrollment Mode:Hybrid; students attend class between 2-4 times a semester
  • Enrollment Level: Full-time or Part-time study
  • Estimated Costs: $16,646

The RN-MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration will prepare graduates to be nurse leaders in highly complex and dynamic heatlhcare settings. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to apply evidence-based management principles to achieve high quality clinical outcomes in complex an changing healthcare environments. By mastering the precepts of organization efficiency and effectiveness, graduate will be poised to contribute to the advancement of nursing practice and improvement of our nation's healthcare delivery system. 

The program is grounded in standards of practice for nursing leadership and administration as well as essential nurse manager knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The 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. 

Sample Curriculum Plans

The RN-MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration consists of two enrollment options: full-time and part-time. 

Course # Course Title Hours
Semester 1 
NXXXX Advanced Physical Examination  2
NXXXXB Advanced Physical Examination Lab  1
Semester 2
N5593W Community Health Project for RNs 2
N5593B Community Health Project for RNs Clinical  3
Semester 3
N6708W Role of the Nurse Leader in Advancing the Health of Populations  2
N6102W Preparation of Scholarship Skills in Advanced Nursing Practice 2
Semester 4 
N6709W Project Management Foundations  1
N6711W Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics  2
Semester 5 
N6701 Transforming Healthcare through Nursing Leadership  3
N6106W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for EBP 3
Semester 6 
N6702 Organizational Development: Creating Cultures of Excellence  2
N6702B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice I 1
N5501W Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing  2
Semester 7 
N6703 Developing and Leading Human Performance  3
N6707W Analyzing Issues in Quality Improvement  1
Semester 8 
N6704 Organizational Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 2
N6704B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 2 1
N6104W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concept and Health Information Technology 2
Semester 9
N6105W Evaluation and Application of Research in Advanced Nursing Practice  3
N6706 Healthcare Financial Management 3
N6706B Nursing Leadership and Administration Practice 3 1
Semester 10
N6105W Evaluation and Application of Research in Advanced Nursing Practice  3
Semester 11
N6710 Nursing Leadership and Administration Preceptorship (180 hours) 3
Course # Course Title Hours
Semester 1 
NXXXXW Advanced Physical Examination  2
NXXXB Advanced Physical Examination Lab  1
N5593W Community Health Project for RNs 2
N5593B Community Health Project for RNs-Clinical  3
Semester 2
N6701 Transforming Healthcare through Nursing Leadership  3
N6709W Project Management Foundations  1
N6102W Preparation of Scholarship Skills in Advanced Nursing Practice  1
N6106W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for EBP 3
Semester 3
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 Nursing  2
Semester 4
N6703 Developing and Leading Human Performance  3
N6707W Analyzing Issues in Quality Improvement 1
N6104W Nursing Informatics: Introduction of Concepts and Health Information Technology 2
N6711W Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics  2
Semester 5
N6704 Organization 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
Semester 6
N6105W Evaluation and Application of Research in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N6703W Nursing Leadership and Administration Role Focus 2
N6710 Nursing Leadership and Administration Preceptorship (180 hours) 3

FAQ

Q: When should I apply? 

A: We encourage students to apply by the priority deadline to receive the greatest amount of consideration in the admissions and scholarship awarding process. Students who apply and submit a complete application on or prior to this date are guaranteed a faculty review and decision. Applications received after the priority deadline are reviewed on a space-available basis through April 1. 

Summer 2019 term begins on May 20.

Q: Is this program 100% online? 

A: The RN-MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration is a hybrid program with students taking most classes online. As you review the course curriculum, you will note that course numbers followed by a 'W' are online classes and do not require on-campus attendance. Courses marked with a 'B' are clinical courses, and course without a designation are considered on-campus courses which requires students to be on-campus between 2-4 times per semester. 

On-campus class times are determined well ahead (usually a semester in advance) so that students can make work/travel arrangements. 

Q: Am I able to stop-out of the program if needed and just earn my BSN?

A: The program structure is completely integrated so there is not a clear point in which you will have only completed the BSN requirements. If you have to withdraw from the program, but still wish to complete your BSN, you will need to apply for RN-BSN admission. 

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program, doctor of nursing practice program, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at the Cizik School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).