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Apply now to our RN to MSN program focused on Health Care Leadership and Administration!

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Overview: Health Care Leadership and Administration

Beginning fall 2019, registered Nurses with an Associate’s Degree or Diploma in Nursing are eligible to apply directly to Carolina Nursing’s online Health Care Leadership and Administration (HCLA) MSN Program.

The HCLA program offers students the opportunity to develop a robust foundation in systems-thinking, organization theory, human resource management, health care policy and advocacy, and leadership development. Courses incorporate both asynchronous and synchronous learning components.

On campus immersion experiences may be required each semester. The immersion experiences will provide students the opportunity to engage face-to-face with faculty, peers, and health care leaders during 1–5 day sessions, supporting program objectives and growth toward professional goals.

This program is designed to be flexible and convenient to complete, as students will be able to maintain current employment while enrolled.

We offer tailored clinical experiences, with clinical placements in administration, leadership, quality improvement, human resource management, and integrative residency courses convenient to you, for a total of 420 clinical hours. Students will have the opportunity to complete a range of quality improvement and leadership-focused projects that are excellent resume-builders.

Carolina Nursing has a robust group of experienced, industry-leading faculty and preceptors who are focused on your success!

Registered nurses must complete 51 college-level credits including specific pre-nursing courses prior to enrollment in the master’s program. (Applicants must have completed all prerequisites by the start of the program.)

Applicants must meet admissions requirements of the University’s Graduate School as well as the School of Nursing’s requirements for master’s applicants. Due to course sequencing, RN-MSN applicants are only admitted for fall term matriculation.

Registered nurse applicants will complete the integrated online Graduate School/MSN Application, having a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (using only courses that comprise the 51 pre-requisite course credits) is expected. Additionally, applicants must also have minimally one year clinical experience as a Registered Nurse prior to the application deadline.

The RN-MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration fall 2021 cohort requires minimum enrollment of 20 full-time equivalency (FTE) students to operate.

The prerequisite academic courses below may be taken at any accredited college or university. To verify prerequisite coursework please follow the steps for transcript evaluation found here:

English Composition 3 credits
Humanities (e.g., history, fine arts, literature, philosophy) 9 credits
Biological Sciences, including Anatomy and Physiology 12 credits
Other Sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics) 6 credits
Human Growth & Development 3 credits
Social Sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science) 12 credits
Statistics (taken within 10 years of the application deadline with an earned grade of C or better) 3 credits
Elective (humanities, science or social science) 3 credits
TOTAL 51 credits



RN to MSN  students will complete three online undergraduate courses following admission to the program prior to enrolling in a master’s level clinical course.

FallNURS 490: Conceptual Basis 3
NURS 492: Improving Practice 3
SpringNURS 494: Community Health Nursing 6
FallNURS 746: Health Care Policy and Leadership 3
NURS 790I: Population Health: Interprofessional Management in a Changing Health Care System3
NURS 870: Applied Health Informatics in Complex Health Care Systems3
SpringNURS 740: Evidenced-based Practice and Research
NURS 872: Managing Human Resources in Complex Health Care Systems (60 clinical hours)3
NURS 877: Organizational Theory for Managing Complex Health Care Systems

SummerNURS 873: Financing for Value-Based Health Services and Systems 3
FallNURS 874: Improving Quality, Safety and Outcomes in Health Care Systems (60 clinical hours)

NURS 878: Health Care Systems Residency and Integrative Seminar (300 clinical hours)
N992*: Master's Paper3

*May be taken after enrollment in NURS 740.

Please note:

  • Sequencing may vary at the discretion of the program.
  • Approval of course numbers and titles by the Graduate School is pending.

Please Note: Health Care Leadership and Administration is the only track available to RN to MSN students. Admission priority will be given to RN to MSN students who commit to full-time study, enabling them to graduate in three years.

Office of Student Affairs
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing, Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
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Health Care Leadership and Administration Lead Faculty: Ashley Kellish
Ashley Kellish
(919) 966-9745

Office of Inclusive Excellence
(919) 966-7767