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Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 33 Tuition: $21,038

Overview


Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration Online

Sharpen your aptitude for leadership and open the door to new opportunities with your Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration degree online from Northern Kentucky University. This 33 credit hour online program follows an interdisciplinary approach to preparing emerging nurse leaders for high-level administrative positions within healthcare operations.

Our innovative nurse executive curriculum combines courses offered through the School of Nursing with courses from the Departments of Business Informatics, Psychology, and Accounting and Finance to synthesize concepts related to managing a variety of healthcare facilities.

Core coursework includes fundamentals of theory and research for evidence-based practice, and analysis and application of health data for advanced nursing practice, as well as healthcare policy, economics, and population health.

In this program, you will:

  • Critically analyze data for practice by integrating knowledge from arts and sciences within the context of nursing's philosophical framework and scientific foundation
  • Use evidence-based practice to demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability while implementing change to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Integrate nursing science, educational frameworks, health policy, professional values and principles of business to implement initiatives that facilitate the highest level of advanced nursing practice
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diverse cultures and populations including patients and providers
  • Analyze one's own behaviors and institutional practices and policies for coherence with principles of caring
  • Demonstrate effective communication in order to facilitate nursing practice at an advanced level

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration online, students must complete 11 courses (33 credit hours), which includes four core courses (12 credit hours), and seven concentration courses (21 credit hours). Each course is seven weeks long. 100 clinical hours are required to complete this program.

To see the full list of online courses for this program, view courses.

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning the degree you've been dreaming of achieving. We've streamlined the process to help you finish it quickly and easily. Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration online program include a 3.0 GPA, valid RN license, and a Bachelor of Science degree. RNs with a non-BSN bachelor's degree are required to complete two prerequisite courses (NRP 471 and NRP 472) for admission into the program.

To learn more about the admission requirements for this program, view admissions.

Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Tuition

We understand that it can be a challenge to juggle work, classes, life, and finances. Tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration online program is affordably priced, and all fees are included in the total tuition cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

To learn more about the tuition for this program, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration online students, multiple start dates are offered during the academic calendar year. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register, and pay for tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for this program, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration online program, the curriculum is comprised of 11 courses covering 33 credit hours, including four core courses (12 credit hours), and seven concentration courses (21 credit hours). 100 clinical hours are required to complete this program.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examination, critique, and evaluation of the theoretical foundations of nursing practice. Appraisal of diverse scholarly resources to inform advanced nursing practice. Identification of a research problem with development of a research question.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores health care issues, policies and economic factors influenced by technological, social, economic, and political factors; availability of and access to health care for varied populations; social distribution of health care, actions for dealing with health care dilemmas, federal and state regulatory programs, and health care financing will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Understanding and analysis of health data for application to evidence based nursing practice for public health, health promotion, clinical prevention, and population health. Emphasis is placed on the use of health data and the best evidence in the application and evaluation of recommendations to improve health outcomes.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores health care issues, policies and economic factors influenced by technological, social, economic, and political factors; availability of and access to health care for varied populations; social distribution of health care, actions for dealing with health care dilemmas, federal and state regulatory programs, and health care financing will be examined.

Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of the nurse executive’s role in strategic leadership and project administration. Application of theory and research related to strategic management, strategy formulation and project administration within the context of the nurse executive’s role are reviewed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introductory graduate level study in organizational psychology; commitment, involvement, satisfaction, motivation, leadership, power, quality of worklife, and groups/teams.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses conceptual and practical applications of accounting and financial management, cost analysis, and budgeting as related to to-day’s health care organizations. The course is designed to prepare chief nurse executives and nurse entrepreneurs with a foundation of tools and methodologies to address financial issues within healthcare systems. Financial tools and methodologies that pertain to the health care industry including cost/benefit analysis, budgeting, and staffing are explored. Not open to graduate students in the Haile/US Bank College of Business.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the design, implementation, and outcomes of quality improvement initiatives for patient populations, communities, and health care systems. Students will assess organizational culture, qualitative initiatives, and patient safety data to translate findings into systems changes. Systems leadership principles are utilized to facilitate organization- wide changes in practice delivery.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course explores the role of the nurse executive leader from the perspectives of leadership and administrative science. Research and theoretical perspectives related to management, communication, relationship management, business perspectives and professionalism are addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theoretical and practical knowledge needed to manage human resources in the health care setting; development and implementation of personnel policies and practices that assist staff to work effectively toward individual and organizational goals; leadership skills, employee motivation, and evaluation strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Practicum synthesizing content from all previous courses in the nurse executive leadership administration major. This culminating experience will result in a project synthesizing all previous learning.

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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree online. Find out the requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration online, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them.

MSN – NEL Online Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee.
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required on your end.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate academic work
  • Verification of your current, unencumbered RN license with expiration date in the state in which you are licensed and practice.
  • Bachelor of Science degree from an ACEN, CCNE or CNEA accredited program of nursing.
  • 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse. Verification form, click here.
  • Undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of C or better
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree may apply to the MSN by meeting all of the above criteria except a BSN. Additionally, they must successfully complete the following courses prior to beginning the MSN courses:
    • NRP 471 – Concepts of Professional Nursing
    • NRP 472 – Nursing Research or an equivalent undergraduate research course.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration degree online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
MSN – Nurse Executive Leadership $621 $545 $21,038

Contact your enrollment specialist for information on currently available tuition-saving offers. Offers cannot be combined.

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar


For the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 2 October 16, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 12, 2019 October 16, 2019 December 6, 2019
Spring 1 January 13, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 6, 2020 January 9, 2020 January 13, 2020 February 28, 2020
Spring 2 March 16, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 12, 2020 March 16, 2020 May 1, 2020
Summer 1 May 11, 2020 April 29, 2020 May 4, 2020 May 7, 2020 May 11, 2020 June 26, 2020
Summer 2 June 29, 2020 June 17, 2020 June 22, 2020 June 25, 2020 June 29, 2020 August 14, 2020
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