Master of Science in Nursing: Healthcare Systems Leadership

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Norwich’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program begins with six 3-credit core courses that focus on the roles of the advanced nurse, health care systems, practice and policy, theoretical foundations of practice, research for evidence-based practice and quality improvement practice, and technology. Each core course is 11 weeks in length. The remaining courses are focused on your concentration, healthcare systems leadership.

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Note: If you enrolled in the MSN program on or prior to September 2020, please refer to this curriculum map.

Our nursing graduates who specialize in Healthcare Systems Leadership can:

  • Pursue a range of leadership roles in healthcare systems leadership.

  • Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge of health systems and essential skills in communication, data analysis and policy implementation, problem solving, critical thinking, research, evidence-based practice, and management.

 

  • Healthcare Systems, Nursing Leadership and Advanced Nursing Role

    NR523

    This course examines the healthcare system and guides students to assess and analyze the healthcare system in the context of advanced practice nursing and the role of advanced practice nurses. The student explores organizational and system science, change theories and social change theories in its application to healthcare. Healthcare leadership including theory and styles as well as contemporary approaches, ethical practice and leadership strategies are examined. Inter/intra professional communication, teamwork, consultation, diversity and collaboration are discussed as cornerstones for patient safety, optimal health outcomes and accountability in health care. The student analyzes and evaluates the intersection of current and emerging healthcare system challenges and advanced practice role dimensions. 

    3
  • Health Policy, Advocacy and Economics in Healthcare

    NR524

    This course examines healthcare delivery in the United States, to include the role of public policy, advocacy, and industry regulation. Health policy perspectives and the analytical tools to understand the national policy-making environment are integrated throughout the course. Key policy issues and core constructs for analysis include national health expenditures and cost containment strategies, patient access and health disparities, health care quality and performance improvement, and workforce policy. Health care reform, future directions and trends, and policy innovations are examined for their impact on advanced nursing practice, service delivery, and health outcomes. Health systems of other developed and developing countries are examined to gain a global perspective and appreciation for a variety of health system attributes.

    3
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

    NR533

    This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of quality improvement science, and its application to quality and safety in healthcare. The student examines quality improvement models in the delivery of healthcare and measures for quality improvement initiatives. Foundations of health care quality and the science underlying patient safety and quality improvement, design and select effective health care measures are explored. The course includes analysis and processes related to patient safety problems using tools such as human factors analysis and discusses systematic quality improvement approaches including the Model for Improvement (MFI) and Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) models to address quality improvement challenges, and strategies to lead a culture of change.

    3
  • Informatics & Healthcare Technologies

    NR534

    This seminar reviews concepts important to implementing and sustaining effective use of technology in the clinical environment.  Security and privacy for the protection of privileged information, effective policy development, testing and implementation are examined.  Concepts of change management as well as informatics role in community/population health monitoring and management are explored.  The student studies the use of technology to generate new evidence, the potential influence of emerging technologies on clinical practice and the importance of developing a caring practice in a high technology environment.

    3
  • Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

    NR593

    This course focuses on the use of the research process in developing new nursing knowledge and applying to an evidence-based practice. The student examines and develops research questions considers theoretical frameworks, methods of data collection and analysis, and the interpretation and use of study findings in providing evidence based care of individuals, families, and communities. The importance of scientific integrity and ethical standards are emphasized and ethical issues in the conduct of research are explored. The student is prepared to critically appraise and utilize research, and identify researchable problems within the context of his/her own practice.

    3
  • Epidemiology and Population Health

    NR514

    This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to population-focused nursing, the aggregate, community or population as the unit of care. The focus of the course is on health promotion/disease prevention with emphasis on the advanced nursing role in clinical prevention of disease and care of populations. Applying concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary health promotion across the lifespan, the student relates the basic concepts of epidemiology to multiple domains of population health, using epidemiology to better understand, characterize, and promote health at a population level.  Disease prevention and health promotion of populations are examined through the study of the occurrence and distribution of health-related states or events, including the study of social determinants of health.

    3

Healthcare Systems Leadership (18 credits)

The Healthcare Systems Leadership concentration incorporates coursework and clinical experiences to help prepare nurses for career advancement into a range of administrative/leadership positions at various levels of management, from acute care settings to community-based healthcare organizations. Courses focus on the concepts of system science and integration, change theory and social change theories, and healthcare, and will include topics such as leadership, health policy, research, quality improvement, epidemiology, and informatics. During their studies, students will analyze the principles of leadership and leadership science including theory, styles, contemporary approaches and strategies, as well as resource management in the healthcare environment.
 

Note: If you entered the nursing administration track on or prior to June 2017, please refer to this curriculum map.


  • Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

    NR581

    Students explore organizational science and its application to healthcare and analyze the principles of leadership and leadership science including theory, styles as well as contemporary approaches and strategies. The course emphasizes system science and integration, change theory and social change theories, and healthcare systems and organizational relationships. The student has the opportunity to address an organization’s challenges specific to healthcare delivery within the contemporary financial and social environment.

    *This course is currently under development and subject to change.

    3
  • Healthcare Resource Management - Financial Resources

    NR582

    Students explore all aspects of finance related to healthcare systems including operating budgets and capital requests.  Calculation of revenue, direct and indirect costs as well as cost benefit calculations are considered.

    *This course is currently under development and subject to change.

    3
  • Healthcare Resource Management - Human Resources

    NR583

    Students examine the critical aspects of human resource management in the context of healthcare systems. Human resource management includes confronting the nursing shortage through recruitment and retention, staffing management, performance appraisal and marketing. Prevention of workplace violence and disaster preparedness are also explored as opportunities and challenges for nurse leaders in managing the healthcare workforce.

    *This course is currently under development and subject to change.

    3
  • Innovation and Entrepreunership in Healthcare

    NR584

    The student is introduced to definitions and concepts that pertain to innovation, including different types of innovation and entrepreneurship as well as individual-level, organizational and institutional factors that impact the healthcare innovation process. The course examines how entrepreneurs and healthcare organizations create and capture value through sustainable innovation that meet consumer and societal needs. It explores various approaches employed by entrepreneurial healthcare organizations and considers the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in today’s competitive and global environment.

    *This course is currently under development and subject to change.

    3
  • Strategic Planning in Healthcare

    NR585

    The seminar emphasizes strategic planning in healthcare, business planning and conceptual analysis of role. Discussion focuses on the acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) for strategic planning and for practice as a nurse leader across traditional and non-traditional healthcare setting.

    *This course is currently under development and subject to change.

    3
  • The Nurse Leader's Role in Healthcare Systems

    NR586

    This practicum experience expands and refines the leadership and management skills related to the administrative nurse leader role. Working with a nurse leader acting as a manager/administrator in a selected care environment, the student focuses their chosen leadership role, with a focus on quality, risk management and processes of managing health care delivery. The student attends agency organization and management meetings and works collaboratively to design and create a health care project appropriate to the student’s practice setting.

    *This course is currently under development and subject to change.

    3

Residency

Our online Master of Science in Nursing program ends in a residency at the historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. During this time you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.

Career Opportunities for MSN Graduates

Healthcare is a $1.6 trillion industry, and it’s only growing (U.S. Census Bureau). Professionals who are able to keep up with healthcare’s rapid changes and increased requirements are not just in demand, but well-compensated. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for medical and health services managers is $104,280 per year from 2020-2030.

Our online Master of Science in Nursing can help you pursue roles as a health policy expert, nurse administrator, or clinical nurse leader. You could even take a role in shaping health policy, leading change through information analysis, and providing advanced care to patients in a healthcare setting.

Our graduates include work in a variety of roles, including*:

Career Roles

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Chief Quality Officer
  • Clinical Research Specialist
  • Director of Clinical Services
  • Director of Student Health
  • Clinic Wellness Center
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Nurse Director
  • Nursing Supervisor
  • Risk Manager/Corporate
  • Compliance Officer
  • Surgical Nurse Manager

Our alumni have gone on to positions in top organizations, including*:

Places of Work

  • Mount Eagle College and University
  • Catskill Regional Medical Center
  • ECPI University
  • MDT College of Health Sciences
  • Einstein Medical Center
  • Koinonia Homes, Inc.

What our graduates have to say:

  • of responding MSN graduates earn a salary of more than $70,000, while nearly 25% earn more than $90,000 per year.*
  • of responding MSN alumni agreed that their degree gave them a competitive edge in the job market.*

  • of responding MSN alumni were offered leadership opportunities at their place of employment since graduation.*

Read more about our MSN student outcomes.

*Source: Norwich University Master of Science in Nursing Graduate Survey, fielded March 2016

Our Master of Science in Nursing is led by dedicated faculty and staff members. Our faculty members are experts in their fields. Their interests cover a variety of nursing topics, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the nursing field. Our staff members offer additional support from day one to graduation. Each are eager to help you pursue your academic, professional, and personal goals.

 

We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.

 

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Janice F. Hansen is the program coordinator for the Master of Science in Nursing program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York and her MA in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. She continued her studies and earned a MSN with a specialty in medical and surgical nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. Hansen has an impressive background as an educator, practitioner, and administrator. For more than 13 years, she has held numerous positions at Norwich University both in the undergraduate nursing program and in the online Master of Science in Nursing program. In the education realm, she has held faculty positions in nursing programs throughout New England. As an administrator she has served as the director of education, as a nurse manager, and director of a clinical service in area medical centers. As a practitioner, she has served as the manager of community and occupational health services for the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice.

Hansen also serves on the Advisory Board for Norwich's Master of Public Administration program.

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Today's medical field is facing increased demand for healthcare professionals across specialties and administrative levels. This is reflected by predictions from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that jobs for medical and health services managers will grow 32%—139,600 jobs—between 2020 and 2030.

Norwich's online Master of Science in Nursing program was designed to meet these critical demands. Our program aims to help you build the essential skills needed to pursue advanced roles in healthcare systems leadership.

Download a free brochure for more information about this program.

 

Master of Science
  • Healthcare Systems Leadership
  • Nursing Education
1 Week 1 Week Residency Visit campus for culminating experience 15 Students 15 Students Maximum number of students per class 18 Months 18 Months Average time to program completion Next Start Date 8 June Next Start Date App Deadline 11 May Application Deadline Why Norwich

The master's degree program in nursing at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Learn from doctoral-level faculty.

Apply to one of four start dates per year.

Apply newly acquired skills in real-time and drive positive change within your organization well before you graduate.

Enroll with no GRE or GMAT requirements.

 

Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to U.S. News & World Report.*

*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

 

Accreditation & Recognition
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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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The master's degree program in nursing at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

 

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Rija Ramahatra serves as the associate program director for the Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Civil Engineering programs at Norwich University. Also a Norwich alumnus, he received his BS in management in 2005 and completed his MBA with a focus in project management in 2007. 

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At a Glance

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

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Email: info@online.norwich.edu

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Eligibility Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited (either by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) undergraduate nursing program, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, SpanTran, or CED
  • An active license as a registered nurse in your state of practice that is unencumbered.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required.  This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.*
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.*
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.
  • International applicants who are not licensed as registered nurses in the U.S. must achieve a passing score on both the English and nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 must demonstrate a GPA of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 undergraduate hours of his/her nursing program.)
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics and research.
  • Graduate testing is not required.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understanding (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • RN license
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your conferred undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • One letter of recommendation from a nurse leader/manager or supervisor that can attest to your readiness for all graduate-level work
    • The letter of recommendation should be submitted on professional letterhead
    • An additional letter of recommendation may be requested by the Program Director during the application review process

To contact an admissions advisor:

Call: 1-877-348-8153
Email: info@online.norwich.edu

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Norwich provides a top-notch educational experience; we also work hard to help make it affordable. There are many ways to get financial aid and several strategies to help you finance your education. Norwich is committed to making this often-difficult process easier for you.

Term tuition varies based on the number of credits taken. Total tuition is based on a full-credit load per term.

*Tuition may differ based on semesters enrolled and number of transfer credits. First semester is comprised of two courses and subsequent semesters are four courses.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $800
2022-23 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs
Term
$825
$4,950*

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time

$32,400*
What courses can I take in the nursing program?

Students gain fundamental knowledge of health systems analysis, leadership theory, and evidence-based practices in their first three course of the nursing program. Depending upon the concentration chosen, topics covered in the remaining courses include resource management, strategic planning, and health care organization; or health assessment and pharmacology, theory and methods of curriculum and instruction, and measurement, assessment, and evaluation.

What concentrations are available?

Choose from nursing education or healthcare systems leadership.

Are there any grants available for students in the nursing program to help pay tuition?

Grants to help pay program tuition may be available to qualified students in the nursing education track through the Nurse Faculty Loan Forgiveness Program.

How have graduates of the nursing program applied their degrees?

Our nursing alumni have found employment with a variety of organizations including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, DC Department of Health, Madigan Army Medical Center, GlaxoSmithKline, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mary Immaculate Hospital, and Sun Healthcare Group.

How are the nursing program faculty members selected?

Nursing program instructors hold terminal degrees from established universities. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience and solid, practical experience in nursing leadership and education.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited (National League for Nursing Accreditation Center (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) undergraduate nursing program.
  • An active license as a registered nurse in state of practice that is unencumbered.
  • Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your first language. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL — a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) is required.
    • IELTS — a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.
    • Presentation of a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.
  • International applicants who are not licensed as registered nurses in the U.S. must achieve a passing score on both English and Nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater on 4.00 scale. Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 should demonstrate a GPA of 3.00 for the last 60 undergraduate hours of his/her nursing program.
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics and research.
  • The GRE is not required to apply, but may be requested based upon your undergraduate GPA.

 

How long is the nursing program?

Depending on when you start the program, and which concentration you choose, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.

Is the Master of Science in Nursing program accredited?

Yes. In addition to the university’s regional accreditation, the master's degree program in nursing at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

How much is the online Master of Science in Nursing program?

Nursing Education:

  • Credit Hours: 40
  • Price Per Credit: $676
  • Technology Fee: $300/term
  • Library Fee: $75/term
  • Graduation Fee: $150/one-time
  • Total Program Cost: $29,440


Health System Leadership:

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Price Per Credit: $676
  • Technology Fee: $300/term
  • Library Fee: $75/term
  • Graduation Fee: $150/one-time
  • Total Program Cost: $26,736

 

Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When you apply for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.

Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the options below. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the following scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.

Achievement Scholarship

Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the course of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient. 

Norwich Alumni Scholarship

Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.

Active Duty Military Scholarship

Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.
 

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