Nursing, MS: Administration Track

  • Nurses working in a hospital

    Manage the Next Generation of Nursing Professionals

    The MS in Nursing/Administrative track is designed for those who wish to lead. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to assume an advanced role in a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, and rehabilitation facilities. While your colleagues provide bedside care, you’ll be a member of a leadership team that plans, organizes, and implements programs within a rapidly changing healthcare system. 

    MS in Nursing/Administration Track

    The 36-credit nursing administration track program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The coursework prepares you for an advanced-practice nursing role as a nurse administrator. It is also an essential step when pursuing doctoral studies. 

    Upon completion, the MS degree will prepare you to:

    • Provide leadership that influences and contributes to the advancement of the nursing profession.
    • Synthesize advanced skills and scientific knowledge into advanced nursing practice roles.
    • Utilize new knowledge to provide high-quality health care, initiate change, and improve the practice of nursing.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of advanced nursing practice initiatives.

    Course work in this program builds on your knowledge and skills. It provides the theoretical and practical knowledge required for advanced nursing practice in diverse settings within a rapidly changing health care system. Nurse administrators assume leadership roles in planning, organizing, and implementing care across the spectrum of health care settings.

    All courses below marked with a star (*) are online courses, while the remaining courses serve as hybrid courses. The hybrid courses also state when they will meet in person on campus.

    Nursing Administration Track (36 cr.)

    Graduate Nursing Core (21 cr.)

    NURS 610* – Health Promotion and Social Issues 3 cr.
    NURS/HSAD 614* – Health Policy and Advocacy 3 cr.
    NURS 619* – Leadership Strategies in Healthcare 3 cr.
    NURS 623 – Translating Research into Nursing Practice (meets on the second, fourth, and twelfth week) 3 cr.
    NURS 628 – Advanced Professional Role Development (meets first and third week) 3 cr.
    NURS 629 – Healthcare Quality and Safety 3 cr.
    NURS 555 – Healthcare Informatics 3 cr.

    Administration Track Courses (15 cr.)

    NURS 729* – Nursing Administration 3 cr.
    NURS/HSAD 730* – Financial Management in Health Care 3 cr.
    NURS 732* – Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Administration 3 cr.
    NURS 744 – Advanced Nursing Roles 3 cr.
    Elective 3 cr.

    Students may choose electives from IUP courses that are appropriate for their needs and interests and are approved by their advisor as they work toward meeting the program objectives. Three credits of NURS 795 Thesis may be substituted for electives. Students who choose the thesis option may graduate with more than the required 36 credits.

    Hybrid courses will meet on Mondays from 6:00–9:00 p.m. NURS 623 will meet from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on the specified weeks mentioned. Summer courses being taught over six weeks will meet the first and third weeks from 6:00–9:00 p.m. NURS 623 will be taught over the full summer and will meet from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on the specified weeks.