The MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems is intended for RNs holding a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This master’s degree provides advanced coursework in leadership and management to improve care at multiple levels across the continuum of healthcare settings. The curriculum will provide students with knowledge and skills to improve outcomes in areas of quality processes, cost savings, and patient satisfaction. Core content within the curriculum includes leadership, fiscal management, evaluative methods, information systems, healthcare policy, communication, and organizational behavior. Didactic and practicum courses will comprise the curriculum. Practicum experiences will be arranged with health care facilities in students’ geographic area.
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The curriculum consists of 13 graduate level courses delivered via a part time model. Students can complete the program in as little as two years with 5-6 credits taken during each Fall, Spring and Summer term. Schedules with completion between 2-4 years are possible by taking as few as 2-3 credits per term. Degree completion requirements include 34 credits of coursework including 378 hours stretched over 6 credits of practicum and 3 credits of project placements. Practicum and project experiences will be arranged with healthcare facilities close to students’ home or work sites. The final project will be a capstone at a health care setting and will be presented in a format suitable for public dissemination (e.g., manuscript for publication). A thesis is not required.
With completion of the MSN and sufficient work experience, graduates can take the American Credentialing Center certification exam, Nurse Executive Advanced.