Move into nursing leadership with an msn degree

Move into Nursing Leadership with an MSN Degree 

A nursing career offers many pathways from clinician and healthcare practitioner to teacher, researcher – and administrator. If you’re ready to move your career in a new direction, PennWest California can prepare you for leadership in the nation’s healthcare sector.

The master's degree in nursing administration and leadership

at PennWest California enables students to be fully equipped for the advanced role of nursing administration. Given the national nursing shortage,

nurses as well as nurse administrators are in high demand to not only provide quality healthcare but also to be prepared to manage the business side of facilities and staffing.

Earning your MSN can be beneficial to your future career in so many ways: 

  • Gain specialized skills in the care of patients and delivery of healthcare.
  • Lead nurses in providing high-quality and safe patient care.
  • Contribute to the healthcare team's response to today's demanding challenges.
  • Design and administer nursing programs in a variety of settings.


The MSN program is a 100% online professional graduate degree program that can be completed part time in 20 months or in just over a year of full-time study. PennWest California offers highly affordable tuition rates and fees, and financial aid is available.

PennWest California's MSN graduate degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.

A degree from an accredited program can also make you more competitive in the job market; employers often prefer to hire accredited practitioners because they are trained under nationally established standards for nursing education.

Affordable Investment 

The MSN program prepares graduates to be both expert nurse administrators and strong and visionary leaders who can make a difference in today's healthcare environment.

You’ll get hands-on learning to develop and shape your leadership skill set. In the Nursing Administration Role practicum course, students spend 150 hours working with a preceptor and being guided by faculty as they develop and work on a quality improvement project. Since many students complete the practicum at their place of employment, they work on a QI project that has meaning and relevance to their own workplace.

According to the 2016 MSN Alumni Survey:

  • 95% were prepared to assume a role as a nurse administrator or leader.
  • 100% of nursing alumni were prepared to synthesize nursing theories with practice principles and methodologies for a variety of healthcare environments.

Nursing administrators have a predicted job growth of 22% by the year 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is above the average level of job growth for other industries across the country. The salary is also competitive in this particular market, with an annual pay rate of $98,460, depending on training and certification.

Graduates from PennWest California's online MSN program are preferred by a wide range of employers in Pennsylvania and beyond, including:

  • Allegheny Health Network (AHN) hospitals.
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) hospitals.
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (UPMC).
  • Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
  • West Virginia University Hospital.
  • Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals.
  • S. Navy, U.S. Army.


Take your next step today to accelerate your career options with an online MSN degree at PennWest California.  Apply now! 

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PennWest California's online MSN degree program in nursing administration and leadership gives nurse professionals many more opportunities to move into vital healthcare positions.  

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at PennWest California are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (