Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Leadership Online


Prepare for a broad range of healthcare management roles when you develop the advanced leadership and nursing skillsets necessary to administer healthcare programs, guide teams of nurses and create sustainable policy.

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Program Overview

What you need to know about our MSN in Nursing Leadership online

Improve patient care at the individual and system level when you earn your Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Leadership online from Millersville University. Elevate your understanding of the legal, ethical, cultural and socioeconomic factors that impact modern healthcare administration. Supportive faculty will guide you through 100% online coursework, in-person practicums and exciting enrichment opportunities such as personalized mentoring, publishing research and presenting at symposiums.

Combine high-level nursing expertise with strong business acumen when you learn about organizational development, change theory, employee payment models, information technology and finance within complex healthcare systems. This Nursing Leadership MSN online program also prepares you to sit for your ANCC Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC®), ANCC Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified (NEA-BC®) and AONL Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML®) professional certifications.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about quality, safety, multidisciplinary collaboration, finance and management in healthcare
  • Understand the historical, social and political forces that impact advanced nursing practice
  • Examine technological advances that support and enhance delivery of care
  • Analyze legal, ethical, cultural and socioeconomic factors that affect information technology in healthcare
  • Learn about quality, safety, multidisciplinary collaboration, finance and management in healthcare
  • Understand the historical, social and political forces that impact advanced nursing practice
  • Examine technological advances that support and enhance delivery of care
  • Analyze legal, ethical, cultural and socioeconomic factors that affect information technology in healthcare

Career opportunities:

  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Nurse Program Manager
  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Nurse Program Manager

Also available:

Millersville University offers a variety of nursing programs in a flexible online format. Explore our full range of online nursing programs.

$22,385* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
37 Credit Hours

Accreditation

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The Master of Science in Nursing programs at Millersville University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Tuition

Stay on budget with affordable tuition

Millersville University offers accessible and affordable online nursing programs. Take advantage of affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for our MSN in Nursing Leadership online program.

Tuition breakdown:


$22,385* Total Tuition
$605 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

Upcoming dates you need to know

Millersville online programs are flexible and convenient, offering multiple start dates per year. View the calendar to choose your start date and review the corresponding deadlines.

7-week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Fall 18/21/238/11/238/15/238/21/238/21/23
Fall 210/16/2310/6/2310/10/2310/16/2310/16/23
Spring 11/16/241/5/241/9/241/16/241/16/24
Spring 23/11/243/1/243/5/243/11/243/11/24
Summer 15/6/244/26/244/29/245/6/245/6/24
Summer 26/24/246/14/246/19/246/24/246/24/24

The course drop deadline is two days after each term start. Make sure to have any course adjustments made prior to that deadline.

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8/11/23 Apply Date
8/21/23 Class Starts

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Admissions

Get ready for admission to the online nurse leadership master’s

Review our streamlined admission process for this online MSN program. Requirements for the MSN in Nursing Leadership online program include:


  • Complete the online application and submit application fee(s)
  • Official transcript(s) from all previous colleges or universities attended
  • Active RN license in Pennsylvania or in the state where clinical practice or internship is to be arranged
  • BSN from an accredited program
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • When GPA is below this, provisional acceptance may be considered if the candidate demonstrates graduate study potential by other means
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One statement of intent
  • Minimum of one year of clinical experience in nursing, but two years is preferred
    • Waived for graduates of the Millersville University BSN program

Provide the additional documents listed below with your completed application:

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (include all clinical experience to date)
  • Copy of your RN license (include state where licensure is held, RN number and expiration date)
  • Verify the completion of the following courses (include name of the course, institution and year completed):
    • Undergraduate or graduate Statistics course
    • Undergraduate or graduate Research course in Nursing
    • Undergraduate or graduate Physical Assessment course

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS:


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Active RN license
  • One year of clinical nursing experience

Courses

Preview the curriculum for your online Nursing Leadership MSN

Students in the MSN in Nursing Leadership online program must complete a total of 37 credit hours. Required coursework includes seven core courses (22 hours) and five concentration courses (15 hours).

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course serves at the introductory course for the Masters of Science in Nursing degree. It is designed to provide a foundation to advance practice nursing. In this course, students will explore nursing concepts and theory. Emphasis is placed on bridging the theory – practice gap. Students will apply this theoretical basis in exploring advanced practice role development. Advanced nursing practice core competencies will be introduced and analyzed.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced research in nursing builds on previous knowledge of research and statistics to develop a research-oriented approach to practice. The learner will analyze methods and techniques of research and interpret their usefulness for application in practice. Theory and practice will be used in defining nursing problems and in development of a research proposal. Prereq/Coreq: NURS 501
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the issues impacting the practice of advanced nursing by focusing on the historical, social, and political forces which impact advanced nursing practice. The advanced nurse’s roles and responsibilities in understanding and shaping health policy are considered.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Discussion of the ways in which information and technology influence practice and decision -making in various aspects and specialties of nursing practice, such as clinical, education, leadership and research, is the major focus of the course. Advances in technology that support and enhance the delivery of care and interdisciplinary communication are addressed. The legal, ethical, cultural, economic and social factors affecting healthcare are also explored.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Focus on evidence-based practices to promote sustainable planetary health. Global health is centered in health-related issues that extend beyond national border and is derived from the intersection of public health and international health. The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a structure through which health, the environment, and human interaction are examined.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Builds upon previous knowledge in physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Using a systems approach, examines principles of select well and disease states. Provides the opportunity to assess, analysis, and explore the findings, treatment, and evaluation of common health issues. Analyzes the relationships between assessment findings, physiologic changes, and pharmaceutical treatments.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Capstone project is intended to be innovative, scholarly, and relevant to advanced nursing practice. It is completed under the supervision of an individual faculty member. Taken during last year of MSN curriculum courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Focused on the integration of the conceptual and theoretical frameworks of leadership into the role of the nurse leader. The role of the nurse leader to support the full spectrum of healthcare is addressed and analyzed. Additional focus on the role of change theory, organizational development, and complex healthcare systems.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Focused on the role of the nurse leader in advancing the quality of patient care within complex healthcare systems. Investigates the impact of performance and quality improvement on patient safety. Using the guidelines developed by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), methods to positively impact patient safety and care quality are discussed.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Focus on the healthcare industry’s shift to value-based and risk-based reimbursement. Analysis of the impact of the change on every component of healthcare. Focused on high-value, cost-effective, and evidence-based measures that incorporate innovation, resource stewardship, and systems thinking. Examines new payment models, where reimbursement is tied directly to clinical, organizational, and consumer outcomes.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Focus on the essential competencies of the nurse leader in relation to communication, conflict management, employee development, and building relationships. Developing a business acumen though use of change management, decision-making strategies, and systems thinking. Additional emphasis on strategic planning, project management, and policy development.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Provides an opportunity to integrate theory and practice through an intensive practicum experience. The practicum provides the opportunity for the nursing leadership students to engage in an advanced leadership experience within a selected setting (112 practicum hours required).

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