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Master of Science in Nursing in Nurse Administrator

Skilled nurse administrators can transform the care of patients and communities through evidence-based, outcome-oriented nursing leadership, and an unwavering focus on nursing excellence. At South University, you can prepare to join the next generation of nursing leaders with the Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Nurse Administrator degree program. The program’s curriculum equips you for a range of nursing administration work - including designing healthcare systems, making policy and financial decisions, promoting patient safety and quality care, and incorporating contemporary technology, practice, and ethics into healthcare.

Designed to be completed in as little as two years, this online MSN program curriculum includes key attributes from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Masters Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (1996), The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Executive Competencies (2005), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope of Practice for Nurse Administrators (2009).

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Course Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing (Specialization in Nurse Administrator)

Offered at South University, Online Programs.

The 21st century nurse administrator will transform care of patients and communities through ethical nursing leadership that is evidence-based, outcome-oriented and focused on nursing excellence. The Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Administrator degree program at South University is designed to prepare the next generation of nursing leaders through innovative, blended coursework delivered online. The program is targeted to the working professional nurse who seeks to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to practice within a role of leadership such as a Chief Nursing Officer, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Nursing or Nurse Manager. The student will complete 240 practicum hours during progression through the program.

Program curriculum for the MSN with a Specialization in Nurse Administrator concentration includes key attributes from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Masters Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (1996), The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Executive Competencies (2005), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope of Practice for Nurse Administrators (2009).

Specialization Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Apply concepts and theories of organizational management and nursing administration to the design of complex healthcare delivery systems.
  2. Incorporate the use of technology, contemporary practice, ethics, and professional standards into the ongoing delivery of healthcare.
  3. Integrate concepts of health policy, regulation, and financing to the organization of healthcare delivery, with a focus on parsimonious and responsible use of resources.
  4. Lead efforts in designing innovative patient safety and quality improvement efforts and effective evaluation of nursing outcome measures.
  5. Employ evidence-based practice in the care of patients with chronic and/or acute illnesses across the lifespan, or in structuring nursing interventions designed to promote health.
  6. Facilitate the professional development and socialization of diverse nurse populations.
  7. Function as change agents and leaders in healthcare settings domestically and abroad.
  8. Contribute to the development of the science of nursing by engaging in scholarly activities and by promoting the translation of nursing science into patient care outcomes.
Master of Science in Nursing (Specialization in Nurse Administrator): 48 Credits
Core 20 Credits
NSG5000 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Transformational Leadership in Advanced Practice, 4 Credit Hours
NSG5002 Advanced Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
NSG5003 Advanced Pathophysiology, 4 Credit Hours

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NSG6002 Health Policy and Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6101 Nursing Research Methods, 4 Credit Hours
Specialization in Nurse Administrator: 28 Credits
MHC6306 Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6005 Advanced Pharmacology, 4 Credit Hours

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NSG6601 Managing Complex Healthcare Systems, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6605 Quality Outcomes and Financial Management in Healthcare Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6620 Practicum I: Quantitative Skills in Nursing Administration, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6630 Practicum II: Qualitative Skills in Nursing Administration, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6999 Graduate Project in Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

*Students wishing to further develop their advanced practice skills should take NSG5003 Advanced Pathophysiology, NSG6001 Advanced Nursing Practice I, and NSG6005 Advanced Pharmacology. Students wishing to further develop their management, administration, and technology skills may take LEA5100 Leadership, Organization Theory and Change, LEA5130 Team Building and Group Dynamics , MIS5010 Information Technology Infrastructure , and/or PMC6601 Foundations of Project Management in place of NSG5003, NSG6001, and/ or NSG6005. In all cases students should work closely with their Academic Advisors or Academic Counselors to select appropriate coursework that meets their career needs and course prerequisites.

**South University, Online Programs may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)**

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program (MSN) is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of registered nurses. It is also designed for those nurses who want to pursue advanced positions in today's challenging healthcare environment. The program, based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Essentials, blends nursing theory with advanced practice concepts that prepare students to work within a healthcare organization or educational setting.

All applicants to the MSN program must hold a valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in all US states or territory in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure).  An unencumbered license(s) must be maintained throughout the program.  Additionally, all applicants must successfully complete a criminal background check and a drug screening. Clinical affiliation agencies may require additional personal testing.

The program consists of five core courses and courses in an area of specialization in education, administration, informatics, and various nurse practitioner programs. Program includes practica and experiences in areas of specialization.

Courses may be waived if the individual's master's transcript indicates that s/he has successfully completed the required course or its equivalent. Waivers and exceptions will be determined on the written request of individual students through a transcript analysis as determined by the Program Director, Chair, or College Dean.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Synthesize theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines for application in advanced nursing roles.
  2. Analyze current scientific research for application of findings to initiate change and to improve practice.
  3. Create comprehensive plans of action that address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of individual, family, and community populations.
  4. Formulate a plan for ongoing contributions to improvement of healthcare delivery and development of health policy in a cost-effective manner.
  5. Apply an ethical decision-making process in professional practice and an analysis of systems of healthcare.
  6. Model a professional leadership role that fosters improvement of healthcare and advocates scholarly activities to advance self and profession.
  7. Employ informatics and technology in various aspects of the advanced nursing leadership role.
  8. Practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of advanced nursing practice.
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Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Outcomes

Upon completing South University’s MSN with a Specialization in Nurse Administrator program, you should be able to:

  • Apply organizational management and nursing administration concepts and theories to the design of complex healthcare delivery systems.
  • Incorporate technology, contemporary practice, ethics, and professional standards into the ongoing delivery of healthcare.
  • Integrate concepts of health policy, regulation, and financing to the organization of healthcare delivery, with a focus on parsimonious and responsible use of resources.
  • Lead efforts in designing innovative patient safety and quality improvement efforts and effective evaluation of nursing outcome measures.
  • Employ evidence-based practice in the care of patients with chronic and/or acute illnesses across the lifespan, or in structuring nursing interventions to promote health.
  • Facilitate the professional development and socialization of diverse nurse populations.
  • Function as change agents and leaders in healthcare settings domestically and abroad.
  • Contribute to the development of the science of nursing by engaging in scholarly activities and promoting the translation of nursing science into patient care outcomes.

Career Outlook

This MSN with a Specialization in Nurse Administrator program helps you to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities that RNs need for leadership roles such as:

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nurse Manager

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

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Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our nursing alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our graduates have to say.

Esther Romero 2014
Esther Romero Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“After having moved around so much as a child due to my father being in the military, I wanted to attend a small campus that was close to home. South University provided an environment that was welcoming and the nursing program at South University is highly respected.”

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Zulma Alfonso Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“My classes at South University have truly moved me forward. My public speaking class shattered my insecurities and gave me so much more self-confidence about telling the world who I am and what I have to offer! I quickly let go of many self-doubts and found I had a new fearlessness to be myself no matter where -- or in what circumstances -- I found myself.”

Adrienne Hampton 2016
Adrienne Hampton Grad Alumni
Class of '16
Master of Science in Nursing

“I can truly say that during my experience at South University I have only encountered positive, encouraging, intelligent, and professional staff who want their students to be successful. The online courses have been challenging but knowledge enhancing as well. I have learned discipline and have decreased my test anxiety through weekly quizzes, our midterms and final exams. Moreover, the Practicum experience has exceeded my expectations by allowing me to apply what I have read, researched, and studied into practice”

Shirrelle M Everett 2015
Shirrelle Everett Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“It took me almost ten years to realize that without an education I would be stuck working for minimum wage at dead-end jobs, I was a single mother of two children living on welfare. South University allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance my career at my own pace. My education has enabled me to take care of my family.”

Sergio Ocampo 2010
Sergio Ocampo Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“[I] considered myself a competent nurse, but after I received my BSN from South University, my confidence [went] through the roof, making me a valuable asset to my hospital [and] earning high respect from my colleagues and hospital administration.”

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