Nurse Leader


Nurse Leader Program

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 classroom cohort model. The classroom component of the program requires the completion of six credit hours each fall, six credit hours each spring, and three-six credit hours each summer. Classes will be conducted in a four-five hour time frame one night a week. The program includes a 120-hour (2 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 product of the capstone is a scholarly paper that is in a format to send to a professional nursing journal and a presentation to peers and faculty.

This concentration includes the 8 core courses required by all of the MSN options and four 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
  • NUR 698: Nursing Capstone

A graduate certificate in this area of concentrations is available.


Email Graduate Admissions

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

Lynne K. Zajac, Ph.D., R.N.
Interim M.S.N. Program Director

Rebecca Zechman, M.S.N., R.N.
Associate Professor
M.S.N. Recruiter/Advisor