The University of Arizona online Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership (MSN) is a streamlined program designed to strengthen your patient care and leadership abilities. Through this program, you can broaden your knowledge base, build your confidence as a health-care professional and develop practical skills to help you thrive as a clinical systems leader.
Our online RN-MSN program is ideal for working registered nurses (ADN or BSN) with leadership aspirations. If you are seeking professional development and career advancement, we’ll help you fast-track your education while you continue to work.
In the same time frame it typically takes to earn a BSN, practicing RNs with an ADN can complete the MSN program in as few as 24 months, which saves you time, money and energy.
If you already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, our program will accelerate your educational development with minimal overlap from your previous degree. In as few as 15 months, you can complete a master’s degree in nursing with your current career experience.
Design and lead innovative, patient-centered care in multiple environments
Evaluate patient care systems and develop comprehensive care plans
Understand how business and economic principles can shape healing environments
Serve as a key member of interdisciplinary teams while advocating for staff and patients
|Curriculum||Units||ADN Track||BSN Track|
|NURS 520||Foundations of Systems Leadership||4|
|NURS 521||Evidence-Based Practice Improvement||4|
|NURS 541||Population Health||4|
|NURS 545||Healthcare Environments and Care Coordination||4|
|NURS 543||Health Information and Patient Care Technologies||3|
|NURS 654||Quality and Safety Management||4|
|NURS 641||Leadership for Patient-Centered Care||4|
|NURS 653||Healing Environments and Practices||4|
|NURS 640||Healthcare Business Dynamics||3|
|NURS 540||Health Promotion and Risk Reduction||4|
|NURS 660||Clinical Systems Leadership Immersion||7/5|
|Total Credit Hours||44 Credits*||31 Credits*|
*For students who have not completed a college-level statistics course in the past five years, a 3-credit hour statistics course is required. Students can take Principles of Statistical Inference for Clinical Practice (NURS 502) online at the beginning of the program and will graduate with 47 credits (ADN track) or 34 credits (BSN track).
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