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This MSN course of study incorporates the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.
Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2017-2018
Our integrated capstone and practice immersion allows you to work with an organization to solve real-world challenges.
We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.
A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.
*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.
Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.
“I like FlexPath because my schedule fluctuates quite a bit, so committing to a normal college course timeline and pre-set due dates isn’t an option for me at this point in my life. I am busy and probably couldn’t meet the deadlines of a traditional online format.”
Our competency-based MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration is designed by nursing faculty and influenced by industry leaders. This robust program will help expand your leadership, finance, and strategic planning skills to influence health care practices and outcomes.
Leadership and Management for Nurse Executives
Learners in this course develop and demonstrate knowledge of contemporary leadership and management concepts and theories relevant to a variety of health care delivery settings. Learners analyze the nurse leader’s role in leading high-performing health care teams and examine the skills needed to collaborate with, and create buy-in from, stakeholders, colleagues, constituencies, and interdisciplinary teams. Learners also examine the impact of cultural, ethical, and regulatory considerations on decision making and implement a futurelooking strategic vision to ensure sustainable gains in quality and safety. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.
|4 quarter credits|
Health Care Quality and Safety Management
Learners in this course examine the nurse leader’s role in helping to effectively integrate into health care delivery systems the quality and safety principles that inform evidencebased changes and best practices. Learners demonstrate an understanding of the ways they can measure health care quality and safety; monitor and assess patient safety and outcomes; develop a transparent system for identifying and resolving medical errors and adverse patient outcomes; use data to monitor and improve patient care and outcomes; and support a culture of quality and safety. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.
|4 quarter credits|
Health Care Informatics and Technology
Learners in this course gain and demonstrate the knowledge and skills nurse leaders need in order to utilize health information technology to enhance patient care and outcomes. In particular, learners develop a strategy for technological integration and examine the ways in which they can use technology to evaluate patient data to inform patient diagnoses and outcomes. Learners also assess the effective management of technological change within the health care environment and examine issues of consumer access to information and the privacy and confidentiality of patient information. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.
|4 quarter credits|
Advanced Finance and Operations Management
Learners in this course examine the nurse leader’s role in establishing and managing an operations and capital budget. In particular, learners develop an understanding of how to incorporate variances or discretionary spending, manage the labor force within budget parameters, examine the availability and appropriate use of equipment and supplies, and apply finance principles to a strategic plan for achieving an organization’s fiscal goals. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.
|4 quarter credits|
Leading the Future of Health Care
Learners in this course examine the role of the nurse leader in evaluating and responding to health care opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing local and global environment. Learners develop proactive strategies to drive and lead changes in health care and integrate evidence-based decision making into the culture of the health care organization. Learners also develop the critical-thinking and communication skills needed to positively influence health care redesign and examine the effects of visionary leadership in the field. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.
|4 quarter credits|
This online MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration program will help you expand your leadership, operational, and critical thinking skills to succeed as a nurse executive.
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Here are just some of the career paths to explore with an MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
While the nursing field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, here are some of the more common paths:
Be a decision-maker, assisting in patient care and managing the day-to-day responsibilities regarding personnel and facility administration.
Prepare for a nurse manager role in hospitals or in other health care facilities.
Supervise the nursing staff and the care of their patients, as well as oversee administrative responsibilities like record keeping and budgeting.
Prepare for a director of nursing role in hospitals or in other health care facilities.
Lead at a high level by overseeing a nursing department and coordinating its daily operations in order to maintain an environment in which patient care is the best it can be.
Prepare for a chief nursing officer role in hospitals or in other health care facilities.
Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.
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