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Master's in Nursing Leadership

Master's preparation positions students to lead the next generation of nurses.

The Master's in Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems Program educates baccalaureate-prepared nurses to assume leadership and executive roles in a variety of health care systems and settings. Leadership and management essential core competencies that promote innovative change and quality outcomes provide the foundation needed in a complex and dynamic health care environment.

About the Master's Program

Achieving leadership and management essential core competencies provides the skills needed to assume leadership and executive roles in a complex and ever-changing health care environment.

The Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Management come together to provide an interdisciplinary approach in addressing issues and challenges of continuous change and quality management facing current and future complex health care systems.

Clinical practicum experiences are individually designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and apply evidence-based leadership and management concepts and techniques.

Potential employment opportunities for those completing this program may include nurse or unit manager, administrative positions within a healthcare system such as director or vice-president of nursing, staff development, patient safety officer and/or quality improvement specialists. 

Program Requirements


Course Credits
NGC 501 Conceptual Foundations                                         
NGC 502 Applied Informatics to Evaluate Health Care Outcomes 3
NGC 520 Scientific Writing 2
NGC 526 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care I 4
NGC 527 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care II 4
MGH 644 New Models in Health Care Delivery 3
NGC 632 Interpreting Health Care Policy 3
EEH 533/
MGH 632 
Strategic & Operations Management in Health Care
NGC 634  Organization & Leadership Concepts in Health Care 3
NGC 638  Program Evaluation 3
NLH 639 Planning, Forecasting, and Financial Management of 
Health Care Systems
NLH 640 Practicum in Health Care Systems and Leadership 6
NGC 692 Seminar in Grantsmanship 1
Total Credits 41

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MS Program Outcomes

  • Appraise financial, human capital and material resources within a quality improvement framework to improve patient outcomes.
  • Analyze ethical, political, economic, legal and regulatory issues that impact health care delivery
  • Apply leadership and management theories and practices to the design and implementation of services in a health care setting.
  • Facilitate the utilization of research findings and evidence-based strategies to optimize nursing care delivery in clinical settings.
  • Integrate knowledge of organizations, fiscal and human resources to facilitate the delivery of quality, cost-effective health care.
  • Determine advanced information technology resources as strategies to improve clinical practice, education and research.
  • Formulate organizational and systems leadership strategies to foster interprofessional collaborations in improving patient and population outcomes in health care systems.
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