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Master of Science in Nursing


Executive Leadership (EL) Track

The Executive Leadership role impacts and improves systems and processes to benefit patient outcomes, preparing them to practice as nurse managers, directors and other nursing leadership across various settings. Upon completion of the EL track, the graduate will have the academic qualifications for certification as a nurse executive. Certification examinations given by either the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) or the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Credentialing Center require appropriate employment experience to be eligible to take the certification exams.

In addition to the 18 credit hours of core, students complete 17 credit hours in specialty courses that provide the foundation administrative role functions. Students complete 450 practicum hours in this specialty track.

Program of Study for the Executive Leadership Track

I. Core Courses (18 credit hours)

  • NURSG 504: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURSG 544: Epidemiology and Population Based Health Care (3)
  • NURSG 509: Nursing Inquiry (3)
  • NURSG 517: Health Care Systems and Financing (3)
  • NURSG 553: Communication, Culture, Collaboration and Conflict (3)
  • NURSG 557: Information Technology and Health Care Outcomes (3)

II. Specialty Courses (18 credit hours)

(For Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2016)

  • NURSG 555: Administrative Leadership in Nursing 1 (3)
  • NURSG 556: Administrative Leadership in Nursing Practicum (2)
  • NURSG 558: Advanced Health Care Finance (3)
  • NURSG 568: Advanced Health and Social Policy (3)
  • NURSG 562: Administrative Leadership in Nursing II (3)
  • NURSG 567: Administrative Leadership Practicum in Nursing II (2)
  • NURSG 578: Administrative Leadership in Nursing Capstone (2)

II. Specialty Courses (17 credit hours)

(For Students Admitted Fall 2016 and Later)

  • NURSG 545: Executive Leader Role (2)
  • NURSG 558: Advanced Health Care Finance (3)
  • NURSG 568: Advanced Health and Social Policy (3)
  • NURSG 605: Administrative Leadership in Nursing I (3)
  • NURSG 606: Administrative Leadership in Nursing II (3)
  • NURSG 607: Administrative Leadership in Nursing Capstone (3)

The School of Nursing reserves the right to amend policies and procedures, and other program information as necessary. All changes will be communicated promptly.