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Nursing administration and leadership

For registered nurses interested in a leadership role in a health care organization, the nursing administration and leadership concentration offers a flexible and rewarding career path. Over the past three decades, this concentration has gained a reputation for educating some of the nation’s top nursing leaders. With a vision of shaping the future of health care through innovative nursing leadership, the NAL concentration prepares nurses to play an essential systems-level role in promoting and sustaining high-quality and safe patient care. Students gain advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership, administration, management, health care finance, budgeting, outcomes management and evidence-based organizational practices in health care.

Students who successfully complete the NAL concentration within the master’s program are prepared to succeed in a nursing leadership position and are eligible, depending on employment role, to apply for several different nursing administration certification exams offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association or the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Below is a sample curriculum.


Core courses
Credits
NURS 503 Ethics, Advanced Nursing Practice and the Health Care Environment 3
NURS 505 Advanced Practice Nursing: Foundations in Health Care Finance 3
NURS 508 Policy, Processes and Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 512 Evidence-based Advanced Nursing Practice 3
   
Concentration courses  
NURS 655 Nurse as Leader 2
NURS 680 Leading People 3
NURS 681 Nurses as Organizational Leaders 3
NURS 687 Management Systems and Health Care Outcomes 4
NURS 690 Application of Financial Concepts 4
NURS 692 Integrative Administrative Systems Practicum I 2
NURS 693 Integrative Administrative Systems Practicum II 2
NURS 694 Integrative Administrative Systems Practicum III 2
Accounting elective 3

 

 

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