Nursing Administration and Leadership

Nursing Administration and Leadership Master of Science (MSN)

About Nursing Administration and Leadership

Accelerate your career path: Prepare for roles in leadership

The master's degree in nursing administration and leadership at PennWest California prepares students for the advanced role of nursing administration.

The MSN program is a 100% online professional graduate degree program that can be completed part-time in 20 months.

Gain specialized skills in the care and delivery of healthcare.

The MSN program will provide you with a solid foundation to:

  • 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

 PennWest California's MSN graduate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).



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

In the Nursing Administration Role practicum course, students spend 150 hours working with a preceptor and under the guidance of 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 workplace.


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Degree Benefits

PennWest California's MSN program offers students exceptional benefits, including:

  • 100% online graduate learning that can completed in less than two years.

  • MSN faculty prepared academically and experientially to teach specialty courses.

  • CCNE program accreditation.

  • Highly affordable tuition rates and fees, and availability of financial aid.

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Graduate Outcomes

PennWest California's graduate program in nursing administration and leadership is committed to developing nurse professionals who 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.
  • U.S. Navy, U.S. Army.


Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

MSN courses build on baccalaureate nursing programs and include nursing theory and research, health promotion and disease prevention, health policy, legal and ethical practice, management, organization, delivery systems of patient care, human resource management, and healthcare finance.

Course Credits
NUR 601  Theory and Research in Nursing 3
NUR 602  Health Policy in Nursing 3
NUR 603  Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations 3
NUR 604  Population Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
NUR 711  Nursing Organization and Leadership Theory 3
NUR 712  Nursing Administration and Leadership Role 3
NUR 714  Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration 3
NUR 715  Financial Management in Non-profit Health Care Organizations 3
NUR 813  Nursing Administration Role Practicum  6
Total 30


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Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

MSN Administration and Leadership

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) with a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the undergraduate nursing degree or in the last 60 credits completed (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited BSN program
  • Unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing
  • Current Resume indicating at least one year of experience working in nursing, preferably, nursing management
  • An essay to include career goals and objectives as well as a description of how the student plans to use the MSN degree
    • Scholastic record must be comparable to that reflected by a 3.00 GPA verified with official transcripts and applicant needs to be licensed in their country of residence
    • Applicants must submit a credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:  
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

 Pre/Co-Requisite Courses

  • Applicants may remove deficiencies in the following pre/co-requisite courses at PennWest California or another accredited institution prior to regular admission or after conditional admission
    • 3 credits undergraduate or graduate level Statistics

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
PennWest California
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

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Alumni Ratings

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.

Dual Degree

PennWest California students can now complete an MSN-MBA dual degree option with only 54 credits instead of the 66 required credits if the MSN and MBA programs were completed separately. If needed, two additional foundation courses (6 credits) can be completed through several options.


Certification Eligibility


The MSN degree in nursing administration and leadership prepares students to take certification exams from:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center (AONE).


Additional Resources

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Move Into Nursing Leadership With An MSN Degree

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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 (

MSN Faculty

Dr. Nicole Evanick
Assistant Professor; Global Online Coordinator, MSN and MSN-MBA Programs

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Dr. Kathleen Morouse
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Linda Pina

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Dr. Robin Weaver
Assistant Professor, Department Chair, Global Online RN-BSN Program Coordinator

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