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MSN - Administration Concentration

The Master of Science in Nursing is a 36-credit program designed to develop nurses into leaders with advanced knowledge, humanistic values, and the ability to contribute to the changing, diverse healthcare environment. Advanced practice roles in nursing require further enhancement of critical thinking and decision making skills as theory is translated into practice. This program provides individuals with the opportunity to pursue professional development within a scholarly environment.

Courses in the MSN-Administration degree focus on health care policy, nursing delivery systems, resource management, and program evaluation. Complementary business and interdisciplinary courses provide the administrative foundation and opportunities for collaboration with students from other disciplines. 

A total of 36 credits are required for the graduate degree in nursing. Required courses for all Master of Science in Nursing students include:

  • NRS 600 Clinical Prevention: Assessment & Planning for Aggregates 
  • NRS 615 Healthcare Financing and Regulatory Environments
  • NRS 620 Integrated Theory and Knowledge Development
  • NRS 625 Healthcare Systems and Policy 
  • NRS 635 Foundations of the Healthcare System
  • NRS 636 Promoting Interpersonal Competency
  • NRS 645 Advanced Leadership Roles in the Healthcare System 
  • NRS 660 Translational Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice (pre-requirement: undergraduate or graduate statistics course)
  • NRS 725 Applied Translational Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice 
  • NRS 735 Nursing Practicum 
  • BUS 603 Organizational Development and Behavior
  • BUS 616 Business Ethics or IC 800 Ethics 

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduates will:*

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement and organizational sciences for the continual  improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  • Evidence leadership skills needed that emphasize ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective.
  • Articulate methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality, as well as apply quality principles within an organization.
  • Apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolve practice problems, work as change agent, and disseminate results.
  • Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care and use communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care.
  • Intervene at the system level through the policy development process and employ advocacy strategies to influence health, health care and health policy.
  • Act as a member and leader of interprofessional teams, communicate, collaborate, and consult with other health professionals to manage and coordinate  care for individuals and populations.
  • Apply and integrates broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations.
  • Apply an advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences in direct and indirect care components as appropriate.
  • Develop strategies to achieve quality outcomes in care delivery with respect to fiscal and human resources.  
  • Apply management, leadership, system and chaos theory to the design and implementation of services in a health care system.

* Program and concentration outcomes adapted from:

 Core Standards:

The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011).

Supporting Standards:

Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, 2009).


Post-Master's Certificate Options

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Nursing Resources

Roberta Pawlak, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at Edgewood College, authored a thorough guide to graduate nursing programs in Wisconsin.  The guide was published in Nursingmatters in April and May 2013.  

Download the guide 

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