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  • What You Will Do: Develop and lead healthcare work environments, supervise clinical staff, analyze budgets, provide consulting services, and more
  • Where Will You Work: Hospitals, larger healthcare organizations, nursing homes, private practices, correctional facilities, community health centers
  • Employment Projections: By 2026 medical and health service manager positions are projected to grow by 21 percent.
  • How Much Will I Earn: Depending on your specific Nurse Administrator role you will earn between $58,000 to $178,000.
  • How Long Does It Take to Become a Nurse Administrator: Becoming a Nurse Administrator requires a bachelor’s degree, and RN license, and a master’s degree which will take about 2 years. You will also likely need prior RN experience in order to be hired.
  • Requirements to Become One: An RN license and a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s in nursing or a master’s in business administration (MBA). You can also obtain and maintain certification as a Nurse Executive or Nurse Manager.

Six Steps to Become a Nurse Administrator

  • Earn Your RN – Earning your RN from a CCNE or ACEN accredited university is crucial. This will make your credentials more likely to be accepted by your future master’s degree in nursing (MSN) program. If you are pursuing a BSN, our guide can help you through the process.
  • Pass The NCLEX-RN Exam – The NCLEX-RN exam is the national exam that you must take to become and RN. We have an NCLEX-RN exam guide and practice tests to help you study.
  • Earn Your MSN – Nurse Administrator programs frequently have courses in statistics, management, healthcare delivery, research, ethics, and more.
  • Complete Practice Hours – Most Nurse Administrator programs will require that you complete a certain number of practice hours in your administrative field during your education. These will vary based on the program.
  • Become Certified – Become a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader or become Certified in Executive Nursing Practice through the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). You can also get certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Executive, Advanced.
  • Maintain Active Certification – If certified through AONE you must complete 45 continuing education (CE) credits or re-take the certifying exam every 3 years and pay a fee. Through the ANCC you must re-apply, obtain 75 CE credits and pay a fee to re-certify every 5 years.

What is a Nurse Administrator?

Defining a what a Nurse Administrator can be complicated. The term Nurse Administrator can be a specific nursing role or be a broader term used to encompass Nurse Managers, Nurse Executives, directors, and other administrative positions within the nursing field. You will likely be removed from direct patient care when you become a Nurse Administrator, but clinical knowledge is required to effectively work in healthcare administration.

Featured Nursing Administration Programs

Sacred Heart University





Benedictine University

Offered as: Online
Accredited by: CCNE


Northcentral University



The Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization is designed to prepare you for nursing leadership positions involving administrative responsibility. You'll learn how to use business and information management, integration of finances, and program evaluation as tools to provide effective and efficient care.
The Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization is designed to prepare you for nursing leadership positions involving administrative responsibility. You'll learn how to use business and information management, integration of finances, and program evaluation as tools to provide effective and efficient care.Due to state regulations, Sacred Heart University’s online programs are no longer accepting applications from residents of the following states: Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon. (Italics)Our mission is to train top tier clinicians. Our nursing degrees are highly recognized and greatly respected because we believe nursing goes beyond science. SHU is consistently ranked among the top master’s colleges in the United States in part because of our humanistic core principles. Small rigorous classes and interactive personal attention from our experienced award-winning faculty will prepare you to stand out in today’s complex healthcare industry. A professional who leads from the heart is easy to spot.
The specialization is designed to prepare you for nursing leadership positions involving administrative responsibility. You'll learn how to use business and information management, integration of finances, and program evaluation as tools to provide effective and efficient care.
Due to state regulations, Sacred Heart University’s online programs are no longer accepting applications from residents of the following states: Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon. (Italics)

Liberty University’s Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Nurse Administration track prepares students who already have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for employment or advancement in nursing leadership/management. Equipping students to demonstrate consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams and direct health care systems, courses integrate research and scholarship with advanced practices. Combine your passion for nursing and leadership by employing the nursing process to perform strategic planning, fiscal and resources management, and evaluation of outcomes. Liberty’s M.S.N. in Nursing Administration applies a Christian worldview and ethical decision making to advanced nursing practices.

Prior to enrollment in Liberty University Online's M.S.N. program, potential students are encouraged to research their respective State Boards of Nursing for information about clinical nurse specialist practice and certification relevant to the nurse practice act and requirements for certification. Prospective students should also contact their state’s Department of Education to verify access to practicum sites while enrolled in an out-of-state online program. Most M.S.N. courses are offered in an eight-week format year-round. There are no residency requirements for the online M.S.N. program.

Step up to your next nursing challenge Colorado Technical University has a master’s degree program designed to be budget-friendly and help you prepare to take on new responsibilities in nursing management, nursing education or a doctoral degree program. CTU’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is aligned to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education standards.   Feel the pulse of a fast-growing field. If you’ve been thinking about an MSN, this may be the time to enroll. Employment for registered nurses was projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 What’s more, management-level nursing positions can often require a graduate degree.3 CTU’s MSN program may be completed in as little as 18 months and won’t break the bank.
    CTU’s curriculum is grounded in real-world experience. The MSN program focuses on nursing management and administration rather than clinical practice. Courses are taught by faculty with experience in nursing and can include:
  • Lessons based on real-world nursing experiences shared by students and faculty.
  • Exploration of evidence-based practice, informatics and policy-making.
  • Employment of leadership skills to improve the quality of care in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Integration of advanced nursing and science knowledge into practice.
  • Regular live chats with faculty recorded and accessible to students.
  Are you in? Get in on this fast-growing field. See if CTU’s affordable MSN program is right for you.   Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411) www.ncahlc.org. Find employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at www.coloradotech.edu/disclosures. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. Not all programs are available to residents of all states.

Seton Hall’s M.S.N, H.S.A. program prepares students to successfully perform as executive nurses in today’s healthcare reform environment. Students graduate with the skills in nursing, finance, strategic planning, operations and care delivery to advocate for quality care while addressing the realities of cost. The program provides the comprehensive preparation needed for administrative nursing roles through an annual research day, regular case analysis, field research, interviews and budget creation. Students additionally gain exposure to patient care operations and nursing and non-nursing executives through two internships, one in managed care and reimbursement internship and another in health systems administration.

Founded in 1856, Seton Hall is one of the country’s leading Catholic universities. Rich in history, Seton Hall is also an institution on the rise. U.S. News ranks us among the top universities, and we have moved up 13 places in just five years. Our research grants have also soared by 75 percent in the last five years and 11 of our faculty have received Fulbright awards over the past 3 years.

Through online programs we offer an intellectually challenging environment, real-world experiences and a culture of optimism that propels great minds. We cultivate the kinds of leaders who align personal ambition with a deep commitment to civic good.

As a nurse, you already embody the Benedictine tradition of selfless service and sensitivity for those who are ill. Earning your Dual MSN/MBA from Benedictine University will help you become a servant leader who can skillfully guide health care staff and entire organizations through inevitable but unpredictable changes.
In the Dual MSN/MBA program, you will learn to:
  • Demonstrate competence in the integration of nursing and the related sciences required to analyze, design, implement and evaluate outcomes of nursing care in diverse populations.
  • Use leadership and decision-making skills to ensure quality and safe care delivery to individuals, populations, or communities in a variety of health care delivery systems.
  • Apply research outcomes in the practice setting, implement best practices across health care environments and communicate results intended to improve clinical practice.
  • Advocate for policies that improve both health outcomes for patients as well as the quality of the overall health care system.
  • Identify and analyze the elements of health system financial statements.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of macroeconomic and microeconomic concepts and analytic tools used in business.
  • Demonstrate the use of cost accounting concepts.
  • Identify assessment models for measuring and improving productivity and operational performance.
Northcentral University is dedicated to developing innovative and leading-edge programs for our students. Our new Master of Science in Organizational Leadership curriculum provides an intense examination of the current state of leadership within a given profession. Upon completion of the program, you will have gained the knowledge to evaluate your own leadership skills and the components of leadership that contribute to the health of an organization, as well as how to apply best leadership practices in an organization. Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program and all of NCU's programs were developed to make earning your degree possible by scheduling school around your life, not your life around school. With weekly course starts, and one-to-one learning, you can earn your degree and manage professional, personal, and family obligations.

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 CTU’s online Master of Science in Healthcare Management with an Informatics concentration was created to help you explore how to use technological solutions and data analysis to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

Explore data management approaches to managing patient-centered electronic health data. Examine health information systems, delivery systems and classification systems. Review innovative approaches in computer science, information technology, and decision science, used to deliver and enhance care. In a capstone project case study, you will have the opportunity to use innovative IT approaches in data analytics to develop a framework for the redesign of a patient-center electronic health data system for a health organization. CTU Mobile is designed to help you stay on top of your education using your smartphone or tablet. Online classes begin every 8 weeks.

Among all the leadership roles in healthcare, a nurse manager has the most direct impact on the care and service that patients and families receive throughout their healthcare experience. In Walden’s Nurse Executive specialization, you can leverage your knowledge and experience to gain the advanced competencies needed to move into a leadership position.

Prepare to help ensure the delivery of safe, effective healthcare through coursework designed to hone skills in coaching, motivating, and leading a professional team while developing administrative expertise and decision-making skills in the areas of quality assurance and effective oversight of organizational resources. Fieldwork experience also provides an opportunity to apply your learning in a real-world environment.

The American Organization of Nurse Executives believes that nurse managers at all levels must be competent in the following five attributes:

  • Communication and relationship-building, including influencing behaviors and supporting diversity.
  • Superior knowledge of the complex and ever-changing healthcare environment, including clinical practice, delivery models, healthcare economics, policy, governance, evidence-based practice, safety, risk management, and quality improvement.
  • Leadership, including foundational and systems thinking, succession planning, and change management
  • Professionalism, including professional and personal accountability, career planning, ethics, and advocacy
  • Business skills, including marketing and financial, human resource, strategic, and information management.


Advance as a nurse leader, educator, informaticist, or practitioner with Walden’s CCNE-accredited MSN program. One of the largest and most affordable MSN programs available today with a long history of educating nursing professionals, this program is delivered online and taught by doctoral teaching faculty members who are experts, practitioners, and leaders in the field.

Entry Paths (tracks)
BSN-MSN: For registered nurses entering the program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
RN-MSN: For registered nurses entering the program with a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s degree other than a BSN.
RN-BSN-MSN: For registered nurses who want the opportunity to earn credits toward their MSN while completing their BSN.

Specializations:
•        Nursing Education – Learn to provide quality educational experiences that equip nurses to meet the demands of a diverse, ever-changing healthcare environment.
•        Nurse Executive – Gain essential skills that will make you an effective leader in decision making, planning, finance, and human resources.
•        Nursing Informatics – Enhance patient care by learning to design and implement effective and user-friendly systems that improve accuracy, eliminate redundancy, and reduce costs.
•        Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – Gain the skills that will allow you to conduct initial assessments and deliver diagnoses and treatment plans for the primary care of adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults.
•        Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Focus on the advanced care of acutely or chronically ill adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults in settings including emergency rooms and surgical and medical intensive care units.
•        Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Learn to assess, diagnose, provide therapy for, and prescribe medication for patients with psychiatric disorders and substance abuse issues.
•     Public Health Nursing – Prepare to assume leadership roles in assessing communities and populations; identifying high-risk groups; and developing culturally sensitive, acceptable, and realistic population-based nursing interventions.

Accreditations/Disclosures
Walden University’s DNP, MSN, and BSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 1-202-887-6791. CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.

Accolades:
Almost 90% of Walden Master of Science in Nursing alumni responding to our survey stated that their Walden degree enhanced their professional performance.
*Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

Of the nursing graduates who received a pay raise, almost 93% received it within 1 year of completing their program, according to employers responding to our survey.
*Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

A dual degree in Nursing and Healthcare can open the door for a wide variety of career opportunities in healthcare. If you are seeking exceptional patient care training and valuable leadership skills, Liberty University’s Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration dual degree is the perfect program for you!

Our primary goal is ensuring you succeed in your online degree program so you can excel in your future. Each online course in the MSN / MSHA dual degree integrates biblical principles with practical applications to prepare you for the real-world both professionally and spiritually.

There are master’s education programs that are specifically for nursing administration in general, as well as programs specifically to become a Nurse Executive. For example, Augusta University offers specifically a Nurse Executive program while South University offers a master’s in nursing with a concentration in nursing administration.  Nurse Administrators in any role are leaders in the healthcare environment. As a Nurse Administrator you will be prepared to help optimize healthcare while reducing costs. You will be able to be a part of making important decisions and developing policy that can affect the entire healthcare institution where you work.

You may function as a manager of a healthcare team and eventually may have the opportunity to climb the administrative ladder and work your way into positions such as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). As a Nurse Administrator you will play an active role in changing and enhancing healthcare and the future for other nursing professions. You may be involved in improving patient safety and outcomes, managing professional relationships and finances, as well as making decisions about information management and technology. Here are some examples of Nurse Administrator titles that you could earn after getting your master’s:

  • Nurse Manager: As a Nurse Manager you may coordinate patient care among staff members and work to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. You may also supervise nursing staff. Your administrative roles may involve staff scheduling, budget planning, organizing continuing education and staff training.
  • Nurse Director: As a Nurse Director you will oversee Nurse Managers. You will also play a larger part in leading the healthcare team and whole floor or unit. Much of your work will involve collaborating with other staff members to plan budgets, ensure patient safety, and enhance the workplace environment.
  • Chief Nursing Officer: CNOs are at the top of the administrative ladder. As a CNO you will work at the corporate level to enhance the nursing profession and be a voice for the entire nursing staff. You will play an active role in creating new services for both patients and clinical staff as well as making important decisions for the overall healthcare organization.

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How Do I Become a Nurse Administrator?

To become a Nurse Administrator at the advanced level you will need both a bachelor’s and master’s degree as well as an RN license. While getting a master’s in nursing is the standard, many employers will also accept MBA degrees as well. Employers will likely want you to have some sort of clinical background, but nursing experience is not necessary for all Nurse Administrator programs.

  • BSN to MSN: If you have your BSN and are already an RN you can enter a traditional master’s in nursing program to become a Nurse Administrator in 2 years.
  • Bachelors to MSN: Due to the need for more nurses and advanced healthcare administration there are programs designed for people who have a background in something other than nursing. If you have your bachelor’s in a non-nursing field, you can do a Direct Entry program that is designed to prepare you as both a nurse and Nurse Administrator. These programs typically take between 2 and 3 years. You will first need to have pre-requisite courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and probably a few more depending on the university.
  • BSN to DNP: You can get your Doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) in around 4 years if you have your BSN.
  • MSN to DNP: In 2 to 3 years you can get your DNP if you already have your master’s in nursing.

Featured Nursing Administration Programs


Colorado Technical University

Offered as: Online
Accredited by: CCNE



Liberty University’s Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Nurse Administration track prepares students who already have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for employment or advancement in nursing leadership/management. Equipping students to demonstrate consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams and direct health care systems, courses integrate research and scholarship with advanced practices. Combine your passion for nursing and leadership by employing the nursing process to perform strategic planning, fiscal and resources management, and evaluation of outcomes. Liberty’s M.S.N. in Nursing Administration applies a Christian worldview and ethical decision making to advanced nursing practices.

Prior to enrollment in Liberty University Online's M.S.N. program, potential students are encouraged to research their respective State Boards of Nursing for information about clinical nurse specialist practice and certification relevant to the nurse practice act and requirements for certification. Prospective students should also contact their state’s Department of Education to verify access to practicum sites while enrolled in an out-of-state online program. Most M.S.N. courses are offered in an eight-week format year-round. There are no residency requirements for the online M.S.N. program.

Step up to your next nursing challenge Colorado Technical University has a master’s degree program designed to be budget-friendly and help you prepare to take on new responsibilities in nursing management, nursing education or a doctoral degree program. CTU’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is aligned to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education standards.   Feel the pulse of a fast-growing field. If you’ve been thinking about an MSN, this may be the time to enroll. Employment for registered nurses was projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 What’s more, management-level nursing positions can often require a graduate degree.3 CTU’s MSN program may be completed in as little as 18 months and won’t break the bank.
    CTU’s curriculum is grounded in real-world experience. The MSN program focuses on nursing management and administration rather than clinical practice. Courses are taught by faculty with experience in nursing and can include:
  • Lessons based on real-world nursing experiences shared by students and faculty.
  • Exploration of evidence-based practice, informatics and policy-making.
  • Employment of leadership skills to improve the quality of care in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Integration of advanced nursing and science knowledge into practice.
  • Regular live chats with faculty recorded and accessible to students.
  Are you in? Get in on this fast-growing field. See if CTU’s affordable MSN program is right for you.   Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411) www.ncahlc.org. Find employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at www.coloradotech.edu/disclosures. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. Not all programs are available to residents of all states.

Seton Hall’s M.S.N, H.S.A. program prepares students to successfully perform as executive nurses in today’s healthcare reform environment. Students graduate with the skills in nursing, finance, strategic planning, operations and care delivery to advocate for quality care while addressing the realities of cost. The program provides the comprehensive preparation needed for administrative nursing roles through an annual research day, regular case analysis, field research, interviews and budget creation. Students additionally gain exposure to patient care operations and nursing and non-nursing executives through two internships, one in managed care and reimbursement internship and another in health systems administration.

Founded in 1856, Seton Hall is one of the country’s leading Catholic universities. Rich in history, Seton Hall is also an institution on the rise. U.S. News ranks us among the top universities, and we have moved up 13 places in just five years. Our research grants have also soared by 75 percent in the last five years and 11 of our faculty have received Fulbright awards over the past 3 years.

Through online programs we offer an intellectually challenging environment, real-world experiences and a culture of optimism that propels great minds. We cultivate the kinds of leaders who align personal ambition with a deep commitment to civic good.

A dual degree in Nursing and Healthcare can open the door for a wide variety of career opportunities in healthcare. If you are seeking exceptional patient care training and valuable leadership skills, Liberty University’s Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration dual degree is the perfect program for you!

Our primary goal is ensuring you succeed in your online degree program so you can excel in your future. Each online course in the MSN / MSHA dual degree integrates biblical principles with practical applications to prepare you for the real-world both professionally and spiritually.

Certification and Licensure: Becoming certified is a way to show employers that you are an expert in nursing administration. There are only two organizations that offer certification for Nurse Administrators. AONE and the ANCC offer Nurse Executive and Nurse Manager certifications at the advanced level (requiring a master’s degree).

To maintain your certification through AONE, you must re-certify every 3 years by filling out the application, paying the $200 re-certification fee, and completing 45 hours of CE credits, or by re-taking the exam. To maintain your certification through the ANCC every 5 years you must complete 75 CE credits, submit a renewal application, and pay the $250 ($350 for non-ANCC members) renewal fee.

Aside from maintaining your RN licensure you are not required to gain additional licensure as a Nurse Administrator.

Where Do Nurse Administrators Typically Work?

As a Nurse Administrator you can work in different healthcare environments such as hospitals, clinics, multilevel healthcare organizations, outpatient care centers, private practices, nursing homes and more. You will be able to find employment opportunities in any locations where there is a need for healthcare administrative work or where nurses are employed. While you may interact with patients you will likely be removed from providing direct patient care.

Nurse Administrator Salary Expectations

You will have the potential to earn a very competitive salary that can increase as you gain experience and move up to higher management positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics medical and health services managers make a median of $98,350 annually. As with any profession your experience level, specific job title, and state/city where you work will influence your salary. Overall the salary for nurse administrators can range from around $58,000 to $178,000 annually. Hospital settings tend to pay the most and nursing and residential care facilities pay the least. Depending on your role and where you work you may be working more than 40 hours a week with some weekend/evening duties. Nurse Administration positions are almost always salaried, so hourly pay is unlikely.

Online Nurse Administrator Programs

Online Nurse Administrator programs are making this career pathway more accessible to people who already have busy lives. These programs allow you to complete all or some of the course requirements online which give you the flexibility to keep up with other life commitments such as work and family. These programs can also help you organize your practice hours in a suitable location that is convenient for you.

Featured Nursing Administration Programs

Sacred Heart University



Northcentral University


Colorado Technical University



The Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization is designed to prepare you for nursing leadership positions involving administrative responsibility. You'll learn how to use business and information management, integration of finances, and program evaluation as tools to provide effective and efficient care.
The Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization is designed to prepare you for nursing leadership positions involving administrative responsibility. You'll learn how to use business and information management, integration of finances, and program evaluation as tools to provide effective and efficient care.Due to state regulations, Sacred Heart University’s online programs are no longer accepting applications from residents of the following states: Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon. (Italics)Our mission is to train top tier clinicians. Our nursing degrees are highly recognized and greatly respected because we believe nursing goes beyond science. SHU is consistently ranked among the top master’s colleges in the United States in part because of our humanistic core principles. Small rigorous classes and interactive personal attention from our experienced award-winning faculty will prepare you to stand out in today’s complex healthcare industry. A professional who leads from the heart is easy to spot.
The specialization is designed to prepare you for nursing leadership positions involving administrative responsibility. You'll learn how to use business and information management, integration of finances, and program evaluation as tools to provide effective and efficient care.
Due to state regulations, Sacred Heart University’s online programs are no longer accepting applications from residents of the following states: Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon. (Italics)

Seton Hall’s M.S.N, H.S.A. program prepares students to successfully perform as executive nurses in today’s healthcare reform environment. Students graduate with the skills in nursing, finance, strategic planning, operations and care delivery to advocate for quality care while addressing the realities of cost. The program provides the comprehensive preparation needed for administrative nursing roles through an annual research day, regular case analysis, field research, interviews and budget creation. Students additionally gain exposure to patient care operations and nursing and non-nursing executives through two internships, one in managed care and reimbursement internship and another in health systems administration.

Founded in 1856, Seton Hall is one of the country’s leading Catholic universities. Rich in history, Seton Hall is also an institution on the rise. U.S. News ranks us among the top universities, and we have moved up 13 places in just five years. Our research grants have also soared by 75 percent in the last five years and 11 of our faculty have received Fulbright awards over the past 3 years.

Through online programs we offer an intellectually challenging environment, real-world experiences and a culture of optimism that propels great minds. We cultivate the kinds of leaders who align personal ambition with a deep commitment to civic good.

Northcentral University is dedicated to developing innovative and leading-edge programs for our students. Our new Master of Science in Organizational Leadership curriculum provides an intense examination of the current state of leadership within a given profession. Upon completion of the program, you will have gained the knowledge to evaluate your own leadership skills and the components of leadership that contribute to the health of an organization, as well as how to apply best leadership practices in an organization. Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program and all of NCU's programs were developed to make earning your degree possible by scheduling school around your life, not your life around school. With weekly course starts, and one-to-one learning, you can earn your degree and manage professional, personal, and family obligations.

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 CTU’s online Master of Science in Healthcare Management with an Informatics concentration was created to help you explore how to use technological solutions and data analysis to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

Explore data management approaches to managing patient-centered electronic health data. Examine health information systems, delivery systems and classification systems. Review innovative approaches in computer science, information technology, and decision science, used to deliver and enhance care. In a capstone project case study, you will have the opportunity to use innovative IT approaches in data analytics to develop a framework for the redesign of a patient-center electronic health data system for a health organization. CTU Mobile is designed to help you stay on top of your education using your smartphone or tablet. Online classes begin every 8 weeks.

Among all the leadership roles in healthcare, a nurse manager has the most direct impact on the care and service that patients and families receive throughout their healthcare experience. In Walden’s Nurse Executive specialization, you can leverage your knowledge and experience to gain the advanced competencies needed to move into a leadership position.

Prepare to help ensure the delivery of safe, effective healthcare through coursework designed to hone skills in coaching, motivating, and leading a professional team while developing administrative expertise and decision-making skills in the areas of quality assurance and effective oversight of organizational resources. Fieldwork experience also provides an opportunity to apply your learning in a real-world environment.

The American Organization of Nurse Executives believes that nurse managers at all levels must be competent in the following five attributes:

  • Communication and relationship-building, including influencing behaviors and supporting diversity.
  • Superior knowledge of the complex and ever-changing healthcare environment, including clinical practice, delivery models, healthcare economics, policy, governance, evidence-based practice, safety, risk management, and quality improvement.
  • Leadership, including foundational and systems thinking, succession planning, and change management
  • Professionalism, including professional and personal accountability, career planning, ethics, and advocacy
  • Business skills, including marketing and financial, human resource, strategic, and information management.


Advance as a nurse leader, educator, informaticist, or practitioner with Walden’s CCNE-accredited MSN program. One of the largest and most affordable MSN programs available today with a long history of educating nursing professionals, this program is delivered online and taught by doctoral teaching faculty members who are experts, practitioners, and leaders in the field.

Entry Paths (tracks)
BSN-MSN: For registered nurses entering the program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
RN-MSN: For registered nurses entering the program with a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s degree other than a BSN.
RN-BSN-MSN: For registered nurses who want the opportunity to earn credits toward their MSN while completing their BSN.

Specializations:
•        Nursing Education – Learn to provide quality educational experiences that equip nurses to meet the demands of a diverse, ever-changing healthcare environment.
•        Nurse Executive – Gain essential skills that will make you an effective leader in decision making, planning, finance, and human resources.
•        Nursing Informatics – Enhance patient care by learning to design and implement effective and user-friendly systems that improve accuracy, eliminate redundancy, and reduce costs.
•        Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – Gain the skills that will allow you to conduct initial assessments and deliver diagnoses and treatment plans for the primary care of adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults.
•        Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Focus on the advanced care of acutely or chronically ill adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults in settings including emergency rooms and surgical and medical intensive care units.
•        Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Learn to assess, diagnose, provide therapy for, and prescribe medication for patients with psychiatric disorders and substance abuse issues.
•     Public Health Nursing – Prepare to assume leadership roles in assessing communities and populations; identifying high-risk groups; and developing culturally sensitive, acceptable, and realistic population-based nursing interventions.

Accreditations/Disclosures
Walden University’s DNP, MSN, and BSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 1-202-887-6791. CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.

Accolades:
Almost 90% of Walden Master of Science in Nursing alumni responding to our survey stated that their Walden degree enhanced their professional performance.
*Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

Of the nursing graduates who received a pay raise, almost 93% received it within 1 year of completing their program, according to employers responding to our survey.
*Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

What is a Typical Nurse Administrator Curriculum?

Your curriculum will depend on what university you go to and what specific program you enroll in. However, in general you can expect to take courses similar to what is offered at South University’s Nurse Administrator program:

  • Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Nursing Research Methods
  • Managing Complex Healthcare Systems
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology
  • Quality Outcomes and Financial Management in Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Policy and Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice

Top Nurse Administrator Programs in the United States

According to the U.S. News and World Report the following schools offer the best Nurse Administrator programs in 2018:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • University of Iowa
  • John Hopkin’s University
  • Rush University
  • University of Illinois-Chicago

Nurse Administrator Resources

Denisco, S. M., Barker, A. M., (2016). Advanced practice nursing: Essential knowledge for the profession. Burlington, MA: Jones and Barlett Learning.

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