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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 Department of Nursing with courses from the Departments of Business Informatics, Psychological Sciences, 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.

To see the full list of MSN – NEL online courses, 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 MSN – NEL online admission requirements, 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 MSN – NEL online tuition, 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 the MSN – NEL online, 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).

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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

Identification, critique, analysis, synthesis, application and evaluation of evidence to support clinical and organizational practices. This course will provide students with knowledge to utilize evidence and theoretical concepts in nursing practice and healthcare systems.

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 application for admission
  • Pay the $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate academic work
  • Valid RN license
  • Bachelor of Science degree. RNs with a non-BSN bachelor's degree are required to complete prerequisite courses NRP 471 and NRP 472
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • 1,000 hours of work experience
  • Undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of C or better

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

NKU Office of Graduate Education
Lucas Administrative Center
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

Scholarships are available. For more information, contact your enrollment specialist.

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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
Summer 2 June 25, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 20, 2018 June 25, 2018 August 10, 2018
Fall 1 August 20, 2018 August 6, 2018 August 13, 2018 August 15, 2018 August 20, 2018 October 5, 2018
Fall 2 October 17, 2018 October 8, 2018 October 10, 2018 October 12, 2018 October 17, 2018 December 7, 2018
Spring 1 January 14, 2019 January 2, 2019 January 7, 2019 January 9, 2019 January 9, 2019 March 1, 2019
Spring 2 March 18, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 May 3, 2019
Summer 1 May 13, 2019 April 29, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 8, 2019 May 8, 2019 June 28, 2019
Summer 2 July 1, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 24, 2019 June 26, 2019 June 26, 2019 August 16, 2019
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