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Master of Science in Nursing Leadership: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The CCNE-accredited online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program requires the completion of 35 total credit hours. Course topics including ethical leadership principles, technology integration, governance structures, and policy implications in delivering health care.

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The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica University Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance. Select the appropriate Graduate Catalog from the dropdown.

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This course focuses on the impact of finances on the delivery of healthcare services. You’ll explore the basics of healthcare financial management, including budget development, personnel (FTE) allocation, cost analysis, and management of financial resources—such as capital equipment and supply budget.
This course provides an overview of theories of organizations with a particular focus on the dynamics of human resource management. Given the changing and complex nature of healthcare organizations, you’ll be prepared to respond to a number of workforce issues and demands, including a culturally diverse workforce and generational differences among staff.
The focus of this course is to prepare you to lead and manage complex health care organizations, in an environment of continuous change and fiscal challenges. In addition, you’ll need vision and skills in managing the changes required to close the gap between the latest research and implementation of evidence-based care in healthcare settings.

This course provides an observed leadership practicum with an experienced nurse leader. You will develop advanced practice nurse leader skills associated with organizational management theory, analytical skills, collaboration, and decision-making. You’ll also develop a leadership project with an experienced nurse leader and participate in 90 clock hours of practicum.

Prerequisites: NUR 627, NUR 628

This course provides an observed leadership practicum with an experienced nurse leader and builds on the knowledge of organizational leadership and quality improvement. You will integrate advanced knowledge and skills into practical applications in the role of nurse leader. You will also implement a leadership project with an experienced nurse leader and participate in 90 clock hours of practicum.

Prerequisites: NUR 631

This course will prepare you with the foundational knowledge to engage and resolve conflict in the diverse interdisciplinary health care system. You’ll also explore the dynamics of conflict and communication theory within the organizational setting.



This course focuses on the knowledge and skills essential to understanding the economies of care, business principles, and navigation to affect change in diverse health care systems. It will prepare you to conceptualize a new advanced practice role in the discipline of nursing. You’ll also explore leadership theory, styles, contemporary approaches and strategies.

This course prepares you to analyze information and apply quality improvement methods to affect safety and quality of care and to improve patient outcomes. The use of current and emerging technologies to support safety, quality, and fiscally sound care across diverse settings will be emphasized.

In this course, you’ll explore health promotion, community assessment, and disease prevention in diverse populations using epidemiological theories. You’ll also investigate chronic and communicable disease incidence, at-risk populations, clinical interventions, genetics and genomics, and evidence-based practice as applied to advanced practice nursing.
You will examine the relationship of health outcomes and the impact of the advanced practice nurse as an advocate for vulnerable populations, the profession, and health-promoting policies at the organizational, local, state, and federal level.
This course will teach you how to generate and implement nursing research to improve healthcare outcomes, initiate change, and improve nursing practice.

This course will allow you to critically analyze the scientific foundation of nursing by means of evaluating statistical research for scientific quality and applicability to promote evidence-based practice.

Prerequisites: NUR 609

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