Master of Science in Nursing in Leadership and Administration Online

Gain vital expertise in nursing leadership and business administration which will empower you to drive innovation, improve your community’s wellbeing and elevate patient care.

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Start class: 7/1/24
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Program Overview

Discover our MSN in Leadership and Administration online

Total Tuition: $14,550
Program Duration: As few as 10 months
Credit Hours: 30

Thrive as an effective healthcare administrator when you earn an online Master of Science in Nursing in Leadership and Administration from Southern Utah University. Develop your ability to lead healthcare organizations with advanced knowledge in the principles of nursing leadership, such as biomedical ethics and healthcare policy, while also gaining industry-specific expertise in business management.

Continue to work full-time with this flexible, 100 percent online program that enables you to complete 90 clinical hours at your current workplace. Plus, the MSN – Leadership and Administration helps prepare you for Nursing Leadership (AONL) certification exams. These certifications may require additional work experience.

As a graduate of this accelerated nursing program, you will be prepared to:

  • Prepare nurses for advanced leadership roles within healthcare systems
  • Further utilize evidence-based practices to improve patient quality of care
  • Develop and implement practices in a healthcare setting that drive innovation and effective organizational change
  • Apply leadership strategies for managing personnel in an organizational setting
  • Prepare nurses for advanced leadership roles within healthcare systems
  • Further utilize evidence-based practices to improve patient quality of care
  • Develop and implement practices in a healthcare setting that drive innovation and effective organizational change
  • Apply leadership strategies for managing personnel in an organizational setting

This nursing leadership program prepares you for roles, such as:

  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Nursing Supervisor
  • Department Manager
  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Nursing Supervisor
  • Department Manager

Accreditation

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Southern Utah University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


The master’s degree program in nursing at Southern Utah University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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SUU offers a variety of nursing programs online. Check out all of our online nursing programs.

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Total Tuition: $14,550
Program Duration: As few as 10 months
Credit Hours: 30

Accreditation

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Southern Utah University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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Tuition

Earn a high-value degree with our budget-friendly tuition

Take advantage of our affordable nursing program's pay-by-the-course tuition, which includes all fees.

Tuition Breakdown

Per Credit Hour: $485
Total Tuition: $14,550*

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MSN – Leadership and Administration $485 $1,455 $14,550

Tuition Breakdown

Per Credit Hour: $485
Total Tuition: $14,550

Calendar

Remember these important dates and deadlines

Designed for working professionals, SUU online accelerated nursing programs conveniently feature 7-week courses and 6 start dates each year.

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Next Apply Date: 6/24/24
Next Class Start Date: 7/1/24
TermStart DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Summer I5/13/245/6/245/6/245/8/245/13/246/30/24
Summer II7/1/246/24/246/24/246/26/247/1/248/18/24
Fall I8/28/248/21/248/21/248/23/248/28/2410/15/24
Fall II10/16/2410/9/2410/9/2410/11/2410/16/2412/3/24
Spring I1/8/251/1/251/1/251/3/251/8/252/25/25

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Next Apply Date: 6/24/24
Next Class Start Date: 7/1/24

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Admissions

Explore the streamlined application process for our MSN in Leadership and Administration

Our streamlined admission process enables you to start quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the MSN – Leadership and Administration online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. Requirements include:

Admission Requirements

  • BSN from an accredited institution
  • Active and unrestricted RN license
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

You must meet the following requirements for admission to the MSN – Leadership and Administration online program:

  • Submit graduate application (no application fee)
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Official transcripts from the accredited college/university that granted the nursing degree
  • Valid RN license*
  • Background Check*
  • Drug Screen*

*Need to provide valid RN license, background check and drug screen in the first course—NOT required for admission.

NOTE: SUU accepts regionally accredited institutions for transfer credit and may accept some national accreditations. National accreditations will be considered on a case-by-case basis after SUU conducts course-to-course evaluations. There are no guarantees that credits from a nationally accredited institution will be accepted.

Our streamlined admission process enables you to start quickly and easily. Please see the Program Map to determine the eligibility of this program in your state, then review the MSN online requirements, including what documents you need and where you should send them.

Official transcripts, test scores and other documents should be sent to:

Email address: [email protected]

Mailing address:

Admissions Office
Southern Utah University
PO Box 8008
Cedar City, Utah 84720

Courses

What you’ll learn in our online MSN program with NWCCU accreditation

For the MSN – Leadership and Administration online, you must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours). There are 7 graduate nursing administration courses, 2 business foundation courses and 1 nursing leadership capstone course.

The clinical requirements include 90 hours of leadership experience. As long as project outcomes are met, the capstone project may be completed in conjunction with your current work responsibilities.

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
This course sets the foundational stage for leadership in nursing. Students focus on theoretical and practical aspects of leadership in healthcare, and they discuss professional standards of practice for nursing leadership. Learners in this course explore various theories of leadership and how a nurse leader would respond in healthcare settings according to each leadership paradigm. Students will consider emotional intelligence and how it affects the ability to perform as an effective leader, as well as evaluate their own leadership style. **Fixed-first course for the MSN programs. MSN students must provide valid RN license, drug screen, and background check during this class or they cannot progress in the program - this does not include RN-MSN students.**
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
This accelerated and condensed course covers the essential concepts of Business Statistics, Microsoft Excel, Financial and Managerial Accounting and Corporate Finance that are necessary for success in subsequent graduate level business administration courses.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
This course examines the principles of organizational behavior involved in managing people and organizations in a business environment. Topics include leadership, motivation, effective teams, conflict and negotiations, power and influence, organizational culture, and change management. This course focuses on the practical application of these principles in a meaningful and ethical manner. **FIXED FIRST COURSE for all MBA STUDENTS unless you are required to take BA 6000. If BA 6000 is required, you will receive a course sequence from your academic advisor. This fixed-first does not apply to students in the MSN, MSN/MBA dual degree program, or the MS in Cybersecurity with Information Assurance - Management program.**
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
This course provides a foundation in Healthcare Administration. The course introduces the student to the structure and functions of the U.S. Health Care System. Topics to be covered include an overview of the U.S. Health Care System (private and public sectors), the interface between Public Health and U.S. Health Care System, various health care delivery structures, health care workforce, health care resources, types of health services, financing of health services and health care coverage, meeting the health care needs of special populations, and critical issues in health services.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
This course focuses on the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and how nurse leaders can implement strategies to improve population health, enhance the care experience, and reduce costs. This course emphasizes the use of comprehensive health promotion, disease prevention, and health restoration model to address health concerns in patients and communities. Students will build upon basic assessment knowledge and skills incorporating psychological, sociocultural, developmental, spiritual, genetic, and social determinants of health. Students will review the pathophysiology processes of chronic illnesses that result in the need for ongoing care, monitoring, and engagement with healthcare providers at all levels. Students will learn about pharmaceutical agents utilized in the primary care setting, common over-the-counter agents as well some complementary therapeutics will be discussed. Emphasis is on the pharmacodynamics of medications most commonly prescribed for the management of chronic conditions.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
This course examines organizational, state, and federal policies which affect healthcare delivery. Students will examine the influence of lay, professional, and special interest groups in relation to advocacy for policy change, state and federal legislation, as well as the allocation of resources and the setting of health priorities. Students will develop skills to advocate for policies in both private and governmental agencies that are important to nursing, improve population health, enhance the care experience, reduce costs, and health equity.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
This course is designed to enhance proficiency in understanding research, developing clinical questions, evaluating current guidelines, implementing change, and maintaining best practices. Learners will gain an understanding of and begin to utilize resources for the implementation of principles of evidence-based practice in the healthcare setting. Students will combine clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence to improve quality of care, safety, and administration in the role of the nurse leader. Scholars will advance competency skills in information literacy, interdisciplinary collaboration, and knowledge dissemination to efficiently translate evidence-based innovation in the capacity of nursing leadership. Prerequisite(s): NURS 6110 - Prerequisite Min. Grade: B-. Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Nursing students only
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
This course will focus on how nurse leaders in all practice areas can act to create safe forums for ethical discussion, reasoning, and influence. Students will develop knowledge and skills to help lead healthcare organizations to ensure a positive ethical practice environment. Biomedical ethical principles that influence population health outcomes and health equity will be examined.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
This course will examine the role of nurse leaders in developing and influencing the adoption of innovative strategies to improve population outcomes. Students will learn to apply systems change theories for planning, implementing, and evaluating strategically planned change. Nursing informatics is essential to facilitating interprofessional data-driven organizational change. Students will develop an understanding in the use of patient- and population-based data applications that inform and support the transformation of nursing care delivery toward a future of value-based quality nursing care that improves health outcomes, reduces costs, and ensures health equity. Prerequisite(s): NURS 6110 - Prerequisite Min. Grade: B-. Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Nursing students only
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
This course provides students with an opportunity to apply leadership skills and evidence-based practice in a variety of nursing settings. Students in this course apply the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) curriculum experience by translating knowledge into practice through participation in professional activities and the development of a culminating project. Students will develop, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based project. Students will evaluate the success of their capstone project by analyzing results, using the key performance indicators and metrics that were identified while planning the evaluation phase. Students will present the results of the capstone project in a final report and presentation with a focus on lessons learned throughout each of the phases: initiation, planning, implementation, and evaluation. This is the final course in the MSN Leadership program.

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