Nursing Leadership and Administration Specialization

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Nursing Leadership and Administration Master's Course List

Master of Science in Nursing - Leadership and Administration Specialization

Major and Core Courses

Upper Division

  • Transitioning to a Nurse Scholar
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Holistic Health Assessment
  • The Impact of Ethics on Decision-Making in Healthcare
  • The Art of Influencing Policy
  • The Business Side of Nursing
  • MSN Capstone

This course builds on knowledge and skills developed in undergraduate research and statistics while emphasizing the connection to theory development and the science of nursing. Students analyze nursing research, the contributions of the empirical approach, and the relationship to evidence-based practice. Selected research designs and methodologies, along with statistical analyses, which are used to advance nursing knowledge, are examined.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: NGR 5000
Credits: 4


This course expands the students' knowledge of the principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics for broad categories of agents used in the treatment of physiologic changes that occur within the human body. It prepares graduate level nurses to accurately describe, administer, and educate clients regarding appropriate and safe medication regimens. Learning experiences are integrated to provide students the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and application of pharmacological theory while incorporating physical, psychosocial, developmental, and cultural considerations within the communities we serve.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: NGR 5100
Credits: 4


This course provides in-depth knowledge necessary to distinguish normal physiology and alterations produced by injury and disease. Students gain a higher level of knowledge and understanding of normal physiologic and pathological phenomena and develop clinical reasoning skills that are essential for advanced clinical assessments and understanding differential diagnoses and therapeutic decision-making. Students examine the etiology, pathogenesis, developmental and environmental influences, along with the clinical manifestations, of alterations in health that impact individuals and communities on a local and global level.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: NGR 5200
Credits: 4


This course builds on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and assessment skills previously attained in undergraduate nursing education. Emphasis is placed on the application of advanced assessment techniques, performing focused and comprehensive health assessments, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and judgement, and collaboration with the interprofessional team.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: NGR 5300
Credits: 4


This course provides an opportunity for students to assess ethical and legal issues that impact nurses at the forefront of healthcare. Through the identification and analysis of ethical theories and principles, students explore current issues that impact professional nursing and global healthcare. Students will compare and contrast decision making models that influence clients and communities.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: NGR 5400
Credits: 4


This course examines the processes of influencing and forming healthcare policy by reviewing the history, theory, structure, and process of policymaking in a variety of settings. Students will identify and analyze healthcare policy at a variety of levels; institutional, local, state, and national. Students will understand the implications of economic, ethical, and social policy decisions and how they impact healthcare.

Prerequisite:Completion of all 5XXX-level courses, except The Impact of Ethics on Decision-Making in Healthcare, which can be taken as a Pre-Requisite or Co-Requisite

Course ID: NGR 6000
Credits: 4


This course provides the opportunity for students to analyze healthcare economics as an important intrinsic part of their role as a nursing leader. Students will analyze a budget and business plan using a variety of methods to challenge or support allocations, while utilizing a systematic framework to support healthcare decisions.

Prerequisite:Completion of all 5XXX-level courses, except The Impact of Ethics on Decision-Making in Healthcare, which can be taken as a Pre-Requisite or Co-Requisite

Course ID: NGR 6100
Credits: 4


The capstone course provides an opportunity for students to integrate experiential learning and new behaviors when synthesizing strategies to resolve issues present in advanced nursing. This course prepares students to demonstrate mastery of complex information required to innovate, lead, and utilize best evidence when championing change for positive outcomes.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: NGR 6900
Credits: 4

Specialization Courses

  • The Art of Leadership
  • The Science of Nursing Administration
  • Leading the Future of Healthcare
  • Administration Immersion

This course evaluates nursing leadership and places emphasis on the application of advanced skills to effectively engage and collaborate to lead change. Topics covered will focus on role transformation, strategic visioning, contemporary approaches, decision-making tools, emotional intelligence techniques, and change strategies. This course will prepare students for opportunities to lead change and transform the profession of nursing.

Prerequisite:Completion of all 5XXX-level courses, except The Impact of Ethics on Decision-Making in Healthcare, which can be taken as a Pre-Requisite or Co-Requisite

Course ID: NGR 6500
Credits: 4


In this course, students explore the many facets of healthcare administration. Skills of economic and operations management, human resources, project management, and performance management are explored and applied in various health systems scenarios.

Pre-Requisite OR Co-Requisite:The Art of Leadership

Course ID: NGR 6600
Credits: 4


This course prepares students to expand the knowledge and skills required to be nurse leader. It places focus on the integration and appraisal of leadership strategies within a community of practice. Additionally, students are provided the opportunity to demonstrate synthesis of learning and to integrate their knowledge of research, leadership skills, and nursing theories to complete a scholarly project.

Prerequisite:Completion of all 5XXX-level courses, except The Impact of Ethics on Decision-Making in Healthcare, which can be taken as a Pre-Requisite or Co-Requisite

Course ID: NGR 6700
Credits: 4


This course builds on the strong foundation acquired in The Science of Nursing Administration course. Students apply administrative knowledge and skills needed to perform effectively and assume leadership/management positions in complex healthcare systems. The practicum experience provides a catalyst for new insights, collaboration, and integration of innovative leadership.

Pre-Requisite OR Co-Requisite:The Science of Nursing Administration

Course ID: NGR 6800
Credits: 4

Total Program Credits

Major and Core Credits: 32

Specialization Credits: 16

Total Master's Degree Credits: 48

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