Ways to Study
Today’s health care system requires new skills of nursing leaders to transform the delivery of nursing and health care. This advanced nursing area includes content in management and leadership, informatics, financial management, human resource management, quality improvement, outcomes management, and education. Graduates are prepared with a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills needed to develop, implement, and measure the impact of innovations in care delivery at all levels within health care organizations.
- Online with on-campus immersions
- Full-time and part-time options
Courses incorporate both asynchronous and synchronous learning components. Students are required to come to campus for required immersions each semester or as scheduled.
Students complete core, specialty, and supporting coursework commensurate with their area of focus and future goals. All students complete an intensive residency experience and are placed with preceptors in individually selected clinical practice sites for role integration and immersion.
Full-time students usually complete their program of study in five semesters, while part-time students typically complete the program in three years.
The BSN-MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration fall 2022 cohort requires minimum enrollment of 12 full-time equivalency (FTE) students to operate.
Prior to Fall 2020: The Health Care System curriculum prepares students to become advanced nursing leaders in the following areas:
- Administration: Prepares students with advanced knowledge and skills in the management, organization, and delivery of systems of care, with emphasis on human and financial resource management.
- Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL): Prepares students to provide and manage care for individuals and groups of patients, with emphasis on understanding patients’ clinical progression, care transitions and processes, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and patient safety. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Examination.
- Education: Prepares students with advanced knowledge and skills in teaching and nursing education to fill roles in patient education, staff development, or academic settings. Upon completion of the program, education graduates are eligible to sit for national certification as a Certified Nurse Educator.
- Informatics: Prepares students with in-depth knowledge and skills in information management and processing principles to support data, information, and knowledge needs in the practice of nursing.
- Outcomes Management: Prepares students with advanced skills in managing patient and systems outcomes, emphasizing quality and performance improvement, outcomes measurement, and introducing practice innovations.