Nurse Leader


Nurse Leader Program

Currently accepting applications from qualified candidates.

Graduates of the Nurse Leader concentration are prepared to function in advanced leadership roles in a variety of health care settings.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree is a seven semester program with a schedule that accommodates working adults. The 34 credit hour M.S.N. program operates on a cohort model. The classroom component of the program requires the completion of six credit hours each including summer. Classes will be conducted in a four-five hour time frame one night a week with additional online instruction. The program includes a 120-hour (two semester hour credit) supervised clinical practicum experience. The graduate student is precepted by an experienced nurse leader in a setting of their choice to immerse them in this advanced role. During the final semester a student capstone project is completed under the guidance of a graduate faculty advisor. The products of the capstone are a scholarly paper suitable for submission to a nursing journal and a presentation to peers and faculty. 

This concentration includes the nine core courses required by all of the MSN options and three courses that prepare the nurse specifically for the leadership role. They are:

  • NUR 610: Foundations of Leadership
  • NUR 611: Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • NUR 617: Financial Tools for Nursing Leadership

A graduate certificate in this area of concentrations is available.

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Melissa Bergfeld
Admissions Assistant
Toll Free: 1-800-878-3210, ext. 3517

Tara Hanna
Director of Graduate Admissions
Toll Free: 800-878-3210 ext. 8908

Rebecca Zechman, M.S.N., R.N.
Associate Professor / MSN Program Coordinator