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Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration and Leadership - Credits: 30 (program code: 0934)

Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education - Credits: 36 (program code: 0931)

MSN - MBA Dual Degree: Nursing Administration and Leadership / MBA - Credits: 54 (program code: 0930-0826)

Master of Business Administration: Nursing Administration and Leadership - Credits: 36 (program code: 0828)

Certificate: Nursing Administration and Leadership - Credits: 21 (program code: 0932)

Certificate: Nursing Education - Credits: 21 (program code: 0933)

Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN degree) is designed for nurses who already have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and is designed to prepare nurses to advance in their careers, either in nursing administration and leadership or nursing education roles.

MSN: Nursing Administration and Leadership

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN degree) in Nursing Administration and Leadership is designed for those who have already obtained a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The MSN program is intended for nurses who:

  1. Currently hold administrative or leadership positions and wish to complement their experience through advancing their education formally, and
  2. Wish to gain knowledge and skills needed to expand their career options in the area of nursing administration and leadership in a variety of healthcare settings.

The Nursing Administration and Leadership courses blend theory and practice in administration, leadership, organization, quality of care, delivery systems of patient care, human resource management, legal and ethical concepts, practice, and health care finance, and incorporate healthcare informatics. The Nursing Administration and Leadership program culminates with a practicum in nursing administration and/or leadership where the student works with a nurse administrator/leader in their area of interest.

Upon completion of the MSN in Nursing Administration and Leadership program, graduates will be eligible academically to take one of the national certification exams for nurse administration offered by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

MSN: Nursing Education

The MSN in Nursing Education prepares graduates to develop, implement and evaluate nursing education programs and curricula as a nurse educator. The curriculum is composed of core master’s level, advanced clinical practice and specialty courses that include curriculum design, teaching and instructional strategies, and assessment and evaluation methods.  A preceptor based role practicum provides experiential application of nurse educator competencies. Competencies for the academic nurse educator provide a foundation for education specialty courses.  

Upon completion of the MSN in Nursing Education program, graduates will be eligible academically to take the Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNEExamination offered by the National League for Nursing. 

MSN-MBA

The Master of Science-Master of Business Administration degree option is designed for working nurse professionals who want to gain a broad perspective on the business issues that are critical in a medical setting and gain the highly desired MBA credential. This dual degree can be completed with only 54 credit hours, plus 6 credit hours for business foundation courses if needed. 

MBA in  Nursing Administration and Leadership

Graduates from the MSN program in Nursing Administration and Leadership at California University of Pennsylvania may complete the MBA for Nursing Administration and Leadership program. Graduates from other MSN programs in nursing administration can also apply but may have additional coursework to complete based upon their MSN degree evaluation. 

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Accreditation

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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). 

Curriculum - Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration and Leadership

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

Curriculum - Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education

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 721  Foundations of Nursing Education 3
NUR 722  Curriculum Design in Nursing Education 3
NUR 723  Teaching and Instructional Strategies in Nursing Education 3
NUR 724  Assessment and Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education 3
NUR 725  Advanced Clinical Practice for Nurse Educators 3
NUR 823  Nursing Education Role Practicum 6
Total 36

Curriculum - Master of Science in Nursing & Master of Business Administration Dual Degree

Course Credits
ACC 200  Financial Accounting* 3
ACC 711  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 771  Quantitative Methods 3
BUS 799  Strategic Management 3
ECO 100* or ECO 201*  Elements of Economics or Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 716  Applied Economic Analysis 3
FIN 711  Corporate Finance 3
HRM 711  Human Resources Management 3
MGT 751  International Business Management 3
MKT 711  Marketing Management 3
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 54 or 60

* ACC 200, ECO 100 or ECO 201 - Undergraduate Foundation Courses - These courses are only required if your admission decision letter listed the foundation courses in addition to the graduate courses in order to fulfill the graduation requirements of the program.

Curriculum - Master of Business Administration (MBA) Nursing Administration and Leadership

Course Credits
Core Courses  
ACC 711  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 771  Quantitative Methods 3
BUS 799  Strategic Management 3
ECO 716  Applied Economic Analysis 3
FIN 711  Corporate Finance 3
HRM 711  Human Resource Management 3
MGT 751  International Business Management 3
MKT 711  Marketing Management  3
   
Concentration Courses  
NUR 602  Health Policy in Nursing 3
NUR 603  Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations 3
NUR 714  Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration 3
NUR 715  Financial Management in Non-profit Health Care Organizations 3
Total 36

MBA Foundation Courses:

  • ACC 200  Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • ECO 100 or ECO 201  Elements of Economics or Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)

Curriculum - Certificate - Nursing Administration and Leadership

Course Credits
NUR 603  Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations 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 21

Curriculum - Certificate - Nursing Education

Course Credits
NUR 721  Foundations of Nursing Education 3
NUR 722  Curriculum Design in Nursing Education 3
NUR 723  Teaching and Instructional Strategies in Nursing Education 3
NUR 724  Assessment and Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education 3
NUR 725  Advanced Clinical Practice for Nurse Educators 3
NUR 823  Nursing Education Role Practicum 6
Total 21

Advisement

Students in the MSN program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and faculty. Students are assigned to the academic adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. The adviser works with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Website

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/msn/ 

For Additional Information

Email: calugo@calu.edu 
Phone: 1-866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Nicole Evanick, D.N.P. (Chatham University), M.S.N. (Waynesburg University), B.S.N. (Carlow University), Assistant Professor

Webpage: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/nicole-evanick.aspx
Email
evanick@calu.edu 
Phone
: 724-938-5952

Program Faculty

Donna Caruthers, Ph.D., M.S.N., B.S.N. (University of Pittsburgh), Assistant Professor

Kathleen Morouse, D.N.P. (Chatham University), M.S.N., B.S.N. (Drexel University), Assistant Professor

Mary A. O'Connor, Ph.D., M.S.N. (University of Pittsburgh),  B.S.N. (Carlow University), Professor

Linda Pina, Ph.D., (Kennedy-Western University), M.S.N., B.S.N. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Professor

Robin Weaver, Ph.D., M.S.N., B.S.N. (Duquesne University), Assistant Professor 

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/