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 12 graduate level courses delivered via a part time model. Students can complete the program in 6 terms over two years taking two courses each term. Alternatively, they can progress taking one class per term and complete the program over four years. (Alternative schedules requiring between 2-4 years are possible. Consult with a Nursing Advisor.) Degree completion requirements include 34 credits of coursework including 9 credits of practicum (504 hours). Practicum experiences will be arranged with healthcare facilities close to students' homes or work sites. The final practicum includes a capstone project identified in collaboration with a health care facility. Master's projects will be presented in a format suitable for public dissemination (e.g., manuscript for publication). A thesis option is not planned.
With completion of the MSN and sufficient work experience, graduates can take the American Credentialing Center certification exam, Nurse Executive Advanced.