Nursing requires leaders. As an esteemed nursing school, we recognize our responsibility to provide functional paths that can advance today’s dedicated nurses. That’s why our Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership program is designed to help active nurses like you go from your ADN to MSN.
Our fully online ADN-MSN program caters to active registered nurses who aspire to leadership roles. The program focuses on clinical systems leadership, working to directly connect your practical nursing experience with our esteemed faculty’s leadership expertise. It’s our way of providing an accelerated MSN program through our prestigious nursing school with the goal of advancing RNs from every level of education and experience.
As an RN with your sights set on leadership roles, you can move straight from your ADN to complete your MSN in as few as 24 months without pausing to earn a BSN in between.
Prepare to evolve your nursing skills to emerge as a leader capable of evaluating care and shaping health systems to better advocate for both staff and patients.
As demand for nurses increases faster than the national average for other occupations, nurses with advanced degrees can become better positioned to compete for leadership roles. The Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership provides a path focused on advancement that demonstrates your commitment to excellent nurse leadership.
It’s also a time-saving tool that helps associate-degreed RNs earn an MSN in the time it typically takes to earn a BSN.
In as few as 24 months, you can develop these skills:
Design and lead innovative, patient-centered care in multiple settings
Develop an understanding of population health
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
Understand and utilize multi-dimensional leadership strategies
Your ADN to MSN curriculum is provided fully online, allowing you to connect with expert faculty and student colleagues when it works for your schedule. Courses blend theory and evidence-based knowledge to offer key insights into how to manage health care delivery in a variety of settings.
RNs who enroll in the ADN track start with four preliminary courses designed to fast-track your foundational understanding of health system operations, population health issues and patient-centered care.
After completing these these four courses, you’ll move on to the standard MSN curriculum including eight, 7-week courses concluding with a 15-week capstone project (with no onsite requirements). Program starts are in January, May and September.
|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 three-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 from the ADN track.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Earning your MSN can also prepare you to become more competitive for higher earnings. The average salary for all RNs was reported at $68,450 in 2016, and the highest 10% of RNs earned more than $102,990. By focusing your MSN in clinical systems leadership, you can qualify for a variety of careers, providing more opportunity for increased earnings. Some popular career paths nurses with MSNs pursue are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.