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Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online

Complete Coursework: 24 months Credit Hours: 39 Tuition: $18,525

Program Overview


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Our Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership (NHSL) online degree program prepares you to serve as a mentor and leader to the next generation of nurses. Build the conflict resolution and critical thinking skills necessary to enhance your career opportunities while expanding your ability to provide quality patient care. Our clinically current faculty is committed to helping you succeed through real-world learning and our streamlined, workforce-relevant curriculum.

As an NHSL graduate, you will be positioned for advanced nursing roles guiding the delivery of care across a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, corporate organizations and throughout the community.

Graduates of our MSN – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership degree online will:

  • Analyze trends in health care and health care administration practices that improve the health of society
  • Synthesize leadership theories and principles in human resources to promote nursing care in a variety of environments
  • Identify and analyze significant issues between clinical nursing practice and health care administration and provide leadership in the pragmatic resolution of conflicts
  • Participate in research and confidently incorporate findings in nursing management and quality patient care
  • Demonstrate creativity, ability to share vision for spiritually sensitive and culturally aware strategies, and take calculated risks for enhancement of high-quality health care

Courses

In order to earn your Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership degree online, you must complete graduate nursing core courses and health system leadership track specialty courses. Core courses are designed to build upon your nursing experience through evidence-based practices and clinical reasoning, while specialty courses focus on health care informatics, project management, leadership and financial management. You will also gain knowledge in roles and ethics as well as in issues and policies that affect health care delivery.

To see the full list of our Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online courses, view courses.

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree at the University of Indianapolis. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online degree program, students must be fully admitted to the University of Indianapolis, hold a BSN from a regionally accredited university and have a valid professional nursing license.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online degree program is affordable. To help make the cost more manageable, students can pay for each course as they enroll and may choose to seek federal assistance by filing aid applications.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online students, there are multiple start dates each year on the academic calendar. Students should consider application deadlines, as well as the document deadline, when turning in required documents for admission. After those steps are completed, students must register for classes and pay for tuition by the payment due date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online, the curriculum includes 14 courses for a total of 39 credit hours.

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Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is unique because it provides a platform for research application within the health care context. Faculty and students learn to work collaboratively across areas of clinical interest. Students interactively explore research areas of interest and analyze data. This design emphasizes student understanding and application of research that forwards the scientific progression of evidenced-based clinical practice and scholarship.

Software programs used include SPSS, Excel, PowerPoint, selected websites, and ACE (a web-based course management system). Students enter and manage complex, “real life” data sets. They graph and use descriptive and inferential approaches in analyzing and testing statistical assumptions. They perform analysis of relationships and hypothesis testing in clinically related studies to determine meaningfulness, strength of relationship and degree of difference. This approach reduces the mathematical details of statistical analysis. The use of interactive spreadsheets and interpretation of statistical output fosters student ability to understand and apply statistical analysis for data interpretation. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: None.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the analysis and application of theories relevant to advanced nursing practice. Theoretical frameworks from nursing and other disciplines are utilized. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: None.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course builds on a basic understanding of the research process and focuses on clinical research methodology. Literature review, formulation of problem statements, research design, and critical analysis of published research relevant to advanced nursing practice are emphasized. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing, NUGR 510 Applied Statistics, or consent of instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

The four spheres of political action in nursing are discussed. Policy and politics in the workplace, community, professional organizations, and government are examined. In addition, social, economic, legal, ethical and professional forces that have impact on health policy and the health care delivery system are explored. The course will provide opportunity to evaluate critical issues in health care and promote vigorous dialogue as to the provocative dilemmas faced by advanced practice nurses. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide foundational knowledge of advanced practice nursing roles by analyzing the historical development, role components, and variations and alignment with national competencies and essentials of advanced practice nursing. Development of moral agency will be promoted by providing a foundation in ethical theories and decision-making processes which students will use to illustrate and frame important issues in health care ethics. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

Students must complete a culminating, evidence-based project to meet the requirements for attaining a master's degree from the University of Indianapolis graduate nursing program. An oral presentation of the project in a scholarly venue is also required. Students must complete a minimum of one NUGR590 credit hour to graduate (.5 credit hour will be taken in the first semester in the last year of the program of study and .5 credit will be taken in the final academic semester). If the project is not completed after a total of 1 credit hour of NUGR590 enrollment, the student will enroll in .5 credit hour of NUGR590 until the requirements are satisfactorily completed. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Completion of majority of graduate coursework with enrollment occurring in the last two semesters of graduate coursework.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will focus on the skills and tools to enable the sharing and use of information to deliver health care and promote health. The student will use health care informatics in helping patients to recognize their role as agents for their own health care. The content includes a combination of computer science, information science, and health care science to assist in the management and processing of data, information and knowledge. The tasks include structuring and processing information to arrive at clinical decisions and building systems to support that processing. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with the skills to design a Continuous Process Improvement Project. Students will demonstrate the continuous quality improvement methods as they provide guidance for the development and completion of a project—not limited to setting standards, increasing efficiency and adopting competitive practices. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Practicum Hours: 360, 180 hours/semester. Partner with a mentor to complete organizational level leadership project.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The student will continue practicum work with a practicum advisor. Projects are approved by the professor. Areas of particular focus for the student may include: development of strategic planning and how it affects budget planning; development of goals and objectives dealing with the student's self-assessment of budgeting theory and practical experience; determination of the time framework; assistance with fiscal planning, including staffing needs; and the determination of an appropriate evaluation plan. The student will be working with other professionals from a variety of areas. There will be discussions of theoretical and practical knowledge that will assist professional nursing leaders in meeting the demand in an ever changing health care society within complex adaptive systems. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Core Courses and NUGR 522, NUGR 569, NUGR 570, NUGR 591, NUGR 592 and NUGR 593.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Advanced leadership roles and practices for facilitating, integrating and coordinating complex structures and processes in health care systems are emphasized. Students will demonstrate performance behaviors foundational for building healthier workplaces and influencing effective care delivery. The focus of skill development is on partnerships, accountability, service-based approaches, continuum-defined health care systems, self-managed teams, and value-based organizations. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course examines selected concepts of health care financial management for nursing in administrative roles. Techniques which facilitate financial analysis and decision-making for patient care programs across the health care continuum are emphasized. Content focuses on analyzing efficient, effective management of fiscal resources to facilitate the delivery of quality health care services. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines concepts of management and the strategic implementation of programs, techniques, and tools for reducing costs and improving quality in healthcare systems. Process and project management functions that facilitate sound nursing management across the continuum of care in the operations of a clinical unit or facility are emphasized. Multiple dimensions of managing patient care operations are explored including contemporary healthcare trends such as evidence-based healthcare and pay-for-performance.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines concepts of strategic planning and marketing in healthcare systems. Functions that facilitate effective strategic planning and marketing are emphasized including organizational analysis, strategic planning techniques, marketing tools, project management, implementation process, program evaluation, and sustaining outcomes. Multiple dimensions of healthcare trends for evidence-based leadership and interprofessionalism are explored.

Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership Online Admission Requirements


The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  1. Complete online graduate nursing application.
  2. Official transcripts of all previous college work. A bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) from an ACEN, CNEA or CCNE-accredited program with at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Must demonstrate evidence of completed coursework in undergraduate statistics and research. For applicants who have not had this coursework, provisional admission will be considered, and the coursework must be successfully completed within the first two semesters of graduate study.
  3. Recommendation letter from a nursing supervisor (MSN preferred) addressing academic ability, work experience, professional nursing contributions, and potential for success in graduate school.
  4. Current resume.
  5. Unencumbered professional nursing license.

The University of Indianapolis is authorized to offer online education to students in Indiana as well as Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online:

Program Per Credit Hour Per Three-Credit Hour Total Tuition
MSN – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership $475 $1,425 $18,525*

*Does not include $75/semester technology fee.

Calendar


Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing and Health Systems Leadership online

At the University of Indianapolis, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate your schedule. Our calendar includes other important dates to make it easier for you to get started on your program.

Course Start App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
8/28/2017 8/7/2017 8/16/2017 8/23/2017 8/23/2017
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