Nursing Administration and Leadership

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Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration and Leadership - Credits:  30  (program code:  0930)

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

Program Description


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 health care settings.

The MSN 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 health care informatics. The MSN program culminates with a practicum in nursing administration and/or leadership where the student works with a nurse administrator/leader in his/her area of interest.

The MSN program builds upon coursework taken in an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) program. Upon completion of the MSN in Nursing Administration and Leadership program, graduates will be eligible academically to take the national certification exam for nurse administration offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


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 12 credit hours for business foundation courses if needed.

MBA for Nurse Administrators

Graduates from the MSN program in Nursing Administration and leadership at California University of Pennsylvania may complete the MBA for Nurse Administrators 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. (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)


The Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Leadership program at California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. (

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For Additional Information

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Mary O'Connor, Ph.D., M.S.N. (University of Pittsburgh),  B.S.N. (Carlow University), Professor
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:  724-938-1652

Program Faculty

Joan Clites, Ed.D., M.S.N. (West Virginia University), B.S.N. (University of Pittsburgh), Associate Professor

Patricia Davies, DNP (Waynesburg University), MSN, (University of Pittsburgh), BSN (Slippery Rock University) Associate Professor

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

Robin Weaver, PhD, MSN, BSN (Duquesne University), Assistant Professor 

Nicole Welding, DNP (Chatham University), MSN (Waynesburg University), BSN (Carlow University), Assistant Professor

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