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RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration Specialization Master of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences


Total program credits needed for graduation: 66

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Bridge Courses

Four Required Courses, 16 quarter credits

NHS5004 Communication, Collaboration, and Case Analysis for Master’s Learners (4 quarter credits)
MSN5003* Health Assessment and Promotion for Disease Prevention in Population-Focused Health (4 quarter credits)
MSN5005* Introduction to Nursing Research, Ethics, and Technology (4 quarter credits)
MSN5007* Leadership for Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)

Core Courses

NHS6004 Health Care Law and Policy (4 quarter credits)
NHS6008 Economics and Decision Making in Health Care (4 quarter credits)
MSN6011 Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health (4 quarter credits)
MSN6016 Quality Improvement of Interprofessional Care (4 quarter credits)
MSN6021 Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 1 (4 quarter credits)
MSN6026 Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 2 (4 quarter credits)
MSN6030† MSN Practice Immersion and Capstone (6 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

MSN6210* Leadership and Management for Nurse Executives (4 quarter credits)
MSN6212* Health Care Quality and Safety Management (4 quarter credits)
MSN6214* Health Care Informatics and Technology (4 quarter credits)
MSN6216* Advanced Finance and Operations Management (4 quarter credits)
MSN6218* Leading the Future of Health Care (4 quarter credits)

Practice Immersion Requirements

Minimum of 100 practice immersion hours.

In addition to your online courses, you will complete a hands-on practice immersion, allowing you to put the evidence-based methods acquired throughout your program into practice. Hours logged in the practice immersion will be time spent under the guidance of an approved preceptor, at your chosen site, meeting the MSN program outcomes and competencies.

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

This specialization does not prepare graduates for licensure as an RN or APRN.

Learners enrolled in the MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration and RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration specializations are required to maintain a current, unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

In North Carolina, Nurse Educators must be certified by the National League for Nursing or complete nine graduate credit hours of educational content coursework before they may teach in an academic setting. For more information about Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE), see the National League for Nursing's website (

†Learners are responsible for the cost of travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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