PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: NURSING ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP
The MSN program prepares graduates as expert nurse administrators and strong and visionary
leaders who make a difference in today's healthcare environment.
Capstone 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.
Ranking in OnlineU's 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Nursing Programs.
Online graduate learning that can be completed in less than two years.
Cal U'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.
Cal U'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.
Nursing Administration & Leadership (MSN)
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.
Cal U 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
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).
Master of Science in Nursing Courses
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.
Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration
Financial Management in Nonprofit Health Care Organizations
Health Policy in Nursing
Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations
Nursing Administration and Leadership Role
Nursing Organization and Leadership Theory
Population Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
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 accreditedBSNprogram
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
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. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s
or pre/co-requisites, have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
Deficiencies in Pre/Co-requisite Courses (up to two maximum semesters to satisfy the
Applicants may remove deficiencies in the following pre/co-requisite courses at Cal
U or another accredited institution prior to regular admission or after conditional
3 credits undergraduate or graduate level Statistics
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing
at California University of Pennsylvania are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).