Online MS in Nursing, Administration Track

  • Nurses working in a hospital

    Lead the Next Generation of Nursing Professionals

    The administrative track of our online MS in Nursing 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.

    Benefits of the Nursing MS Administration Track

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

    Nurse administrators assume leadership roles in planning, organizing, and implementing care across the spectrum of healthcare settings. More specifically, the administration focus of this online Nursing MS track will prepare you to:

    • Provide leadership that influences and contributes to the advancement of the nursing profession.

    • Synthesize advanced skills and scientific knowledge to grow into advanced nursing practice roles.

    • Leverage new knowledge to provide high-quality health care, initiate change, and improve the practice of nursing.

    • Evaluate the effectiveness of advanced nursing practice initiatives.

    In other words, you will be well-prepared for leadership roles in any healthcare setting. From daily management to strategic change, you can advance your career based on the skills and knowledge you learn.

    Nursing Administration Curriculum (36 credits)

    Our coursework builds on your existing knowledge and skills. It provides the theoretical and practical knowledge required for advanced nursing practice in diverse settings within a rapidly changing healthcare system. All courses are offered online.

    Graduate Nursing Core (24cr)
    Course No. Course Title Credits
    NURS 610 Health Promotion and Social Issues 3cr
    NURS/HSAD 614 Health Policy and Advocacy 3cr
    NURS 619 Leadership Strategies in Healthcare 3cr
    NURS 623 Translating Research into Nursing Practice
    (meets on the second, fourth, and twelfth week)
    3cr
    NURS 628 Advanced Professional Role Development
    (meets first and third week)
    3cr
    NURS 629 Healthcare Quality and Safety 3cr
    NURS 555 Healthcare Informatics 3cr
    NURS 744 Advanced Nursing Roles 3cr
    Administration Track Courses (12cr)
    Course No. Course Title Credits
    NURS 729 Nursing Administration 3cr
    NURS/HSAD 730 Financial Management in Health Care 3cr
    NURS 732 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Administration 3cr
      Elective 3cr

    You can choose electives from IUP courses that are appropriate for your needs and interests and approved by your advisor as you work toward meeting the program objectives. You can substitute three credits of NURS 795 (Thesis) for an elective. Students who choose the thesis option may graduate with more than the required 36 credits.