Master of Science in Nursing Leadership

Program Overview

Drive exceptional care and manage the business of health care.

With Utica College's online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program, you'll develop the skills to manage budgets, train and coordinate caregivers, and ultimately drive safe, high-quality, and effective nursing to those in need.

With Utica College's online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program, you'll develop the skills to manage budgets, train and coordinate caregivers, and ultimately drive safe, high-quality, and effective nursing to those in need.

Fast Facts

Modality

Online + Practicum

Total Credits

35

Cost Per Credit

$825

Time to Complete

6 semesters

 
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          Become a Nurse Manager and Leader

          Organizations everywhere, from hospitals to assisted living facilities and specialty clinics, are looking for leaders to manage the day-to-day demands health care teams face in providing top-notch care.

          Career Outlook: Lead the Way to Better Health Outcomes

          Open your career to a diverse set of new opportunities with demonstrated skills in team management, service coordination, and leadership.

          You'll graduate from the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program ready to fill a large and growing demand in the health care industry, as open medical and health service manager positions are expected to expand by 32% through 20291 with 57% of nurse leaders earning between $90,000 and $169,999.2

          Jobs and Income

          Curriculum: Step Up With New Skills

          The online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program is thoughtfully designed to give you everything you need to lead teams and administer health care delivery systems at the highest level.

          Explore ethical leadership principles, technology integration, governance structures, and policy implications in delivering health care. You'll graduate with the knowledge to evaluate and improve nursing care, collaborate across organizations, and promote health on a high level as a nurse leader.

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          Curriculum: Step Up With New Skills

          The online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program is thoughtfully designed to give you everything you need to lead teams and administer health care delivery systems at the highest level.

          Explore ethical leadership principles, technology integration, governance structures, and policy implications in delivering health care. You'll graduate with the knowledge to evaluate and improve nursing care, collaborate across organizations, and promote health on a high level as a nurse leader.

          Explore Courses

          Accreditation

          The master's degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Utica College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

          M.S. in Nursing Operational Goals

          Program Outcomes

          The Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program prepares you to:

          • Integrate the arts and sciences, including leadership and ethical principles, with nursing science as a foundation for decision-making within diverse situations, settings, and communities resulting in safe patient care, quality outcomes, and health promotion.
          • Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence, and inform policy.
          • Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
          • Employ leadership, management, and ethical foundations in pursuit of performance improvement, risk management, human resources, financial management, and strategic planning/management.
          • Integrate contemporary national performance standards and professional recommendations related to organizational governance and policy formation.
          • Facilitate provision of quality services through community engagement, knowledge of societal forces, and regional/national/global policy issues and initiatives.

          Admission Requirements

          Advancing your nursing education with Utica College is simple. Students with a history of volunteer work, excellent communication skills, and previous publications and presentations are especially encouraged to apply.

          Graduate nursing program admission requirements include:

          • Unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside (NY or FL)
          • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program
          • 3.0 minimum GPA
          • 2,000 hours of work experience
          • 3-credit statistics course (grade of B* or higher)
          • Baccalaureate-level health assessment course*
          • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues at the B.S.N. level or higher
          • Résumé
          • Writing sample

          *Applicants with a B- or lower grade in Health Assessment will be required to successfully complete a 3-credit hour course prior to starting the program. Applicants with a B- or lower grade in statistics will be provided the option of completing a self-study module and accompanying exam.

          Note: Approved background check and fingerprints required prior to beginning practicum courses.

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          Tuition and Financial Aid

          Our Master of Science in Nursing Leadership costs $825 per credit hour, with 35 total credits. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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          Faculty

          Our faculty has years of combined experience not only in health care but also in nursing education. They're passionate about sharing their real-world experiences with you so you're well prepared for expanded nursing roles.

          Graduate nursing faculty are led by program chair Annette Becker, D.N.S., RN, and assistant professor Doreen Rogers, D.N.S., RN, who both carry decades of experience in nursing education, research, and practice.

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          Why Learn Online
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          Benefits of Being an Online Student

          Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You'll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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          Planning Your Budget

          Paying for an online education doesn't have to be stressful. We've compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          Interested in our state authorizations? To learn about state authorizations, click here.

          The time the program takes to complete depends on several factors, including how many credits you need to complete your degree and the number of credits you take each 16-week semester. Students taking six credits per 16-week semester could complete the 35-credit program in as few as six semesters.

          Request more information to learn about an accelerated graduate nursing program option.

          The Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program offers both part-time (one course per 16-week semester) and full-time (two courses per 16-week semester) options. Because this program is rigorous, we encourage students to consider either full-time study with part-time work or part-time study with full-time work.

          The Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program has a per-credit cost of $825 with 35 total credit hours. Not including fees, your estimated tuition is $28,875.

          Learn more about fees and funding opportunities on our tuition page.

          Yes. Utica College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which affirms you'll receive an exceptional and rigorously evaluated online education as a Utica student. In addition, the online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program is currently pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

          Yes. You must have an unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside, a bachelor's degree from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program, and 2,000 hours of work experience.

          Learn more on our admissions requirements page.

          The online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program requires the completion of 12 courses, which are thoughtfully designed to give you everything you need to lead teams and administer health care delivery systems at the highest level.

          Explore ethical leadership principles, technology integration, governance structures, and policy implications in delivering health care. You'll graduate with the knowledge to evaluate and improve nursing care, collaborate across organizations, and promote health on a high level as a nurse leader.

          Visit our Nursing Leadership curriculum page to learn more about this program's courses.

           

          SOURCES:

          1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2020, September 1). Job Outlook: Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 8, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-6.
          2American Organization for Nurse Leadership (2019 June). Salary and Compensation Study for Nurse Leaders: Executive Summary. Retrieved October 8, 2020, from https://www.aonl.org/system/files/media/file/2019/06/2019-Executive-Summary.pdf.