Shape the Future of
Patient-Centric Care Systems

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.

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  • Earn your MSN degree in less time than many traditional nursing programs
  • Nurses with BSNs can complete the program in as few as 15 months, ADNs in as few as 24 months


  • Courses delivered 100 percent online
  • No on-campus residencies or onsite clinical requirements


  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Renowned university faculty of nursing leaders and experts focused on your success

Why Choose the University of Arizona For Your MSN Program?

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.

Skip the BSN

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.

Already Have a BSN?

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.

Online Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership

There is growing demand for nurses with advanced abilities who can perform effectively as clinical systems leaders. Our online RN to MSN program is optimal for nursing professionals who have leadership aspirations. Through a curriculum that places a strong emphasis on clinical leadership, our Master of Science in Nursing degree program is ideal for an active ADN- or BSN-educated nurse looking for career development. Our students can earn an advanced degree in the same time or less than a traditional RN to BSN program through our online RN-MSN program. Position yourself as an exemplary 21st century nursing professional. Here are just a few of the things you can learn:

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

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Career Paths with an Online MSN in Clinical Systems Leadership

In our online Master of Science in Nursing program, you will be challenged to think beyond your experience at the bedside and prepare yourself to create and implement innovative patient care systems, increase efficiency and ensure safety in your workplace. Here are some of the rewarding career paths you can pursue with our MSN in Clinical Systems Leadership:

Clinical Care Coordinator:

Nurses in clinical care coordination roles use their bedside experience to ensure the timely, patient-centered utilization of care services across the health-care continuum. Clinical care coordinators help manage the overall quality of patient care while also managing costs of delivery.

Clinical Systems Manager:

A clinical systems manager works to improve the system of care delivery within a unit or service line of a health-care facility. Through evidence-based practice, a clinical systems manager works collaboratively with the patient and care providers to assure a safe, quality plan of care to optimize the patient’s quality of life and staff efficiency.

Infection Control Manager

Much like a quality and safety coordinator, an infection control manager is responsible for preventing the outbreak of disease in a health-care facility through careful monitoring of patient care, staff education and infection control policies.

Nurse Administrator:

A nurse administrator, sometimes called the director of nurses or nurse executive, handles the leadership for new models and the daily management of nursing care delivery in a health-care facility. From strategic planning to budgeting to ensuring availability of the right mix of health-care providers, a nurse administrator’s scope of responsibility is broad.

Nurse Educator:

A nurse educator plays an important part in the mentorship of students or novice RNs and can be involved in a multitude of functions ranging from classroom, laboratory and clinical site instruction to conducting special projects and research.

Nurse Manager:

A nurse manager oversees, directs and supervises a nursing unit within a health-care facility. This person also serves as the eyes and ears of the nursing unit and helps to voice questions, concerns, interests and recommendations. Nurse managers ensure that staff levels are met and monitor patient outcome.

Patient Navigator:

Patient navigation is a new concept in patient care developed through the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. The role is designed to help cancer patients and their families navigate the maze of doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, outpatient centers, insurance payment systems and patient support organizations. Due to the Affordable Care Act, patient navigation has been expanded to include multiple chronic conditions.

Quality and Safety Coordinator:

A quality and safety coordinator promotes comprehensive health and safety in the workplace by implementing quality assurance programs that comply with local, state and federal accrediting agencies. This role is similar in scope to a clinical systems manager, but is distinctly focused on employee processes rather than patients.

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