MSN: Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management Concentration

Major: Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management Concentration
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 48.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3802
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

The MSN in Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management program, designed for part-time attendance by working nurses, prepares students to become nursing leaders in today's rapidly changing health care environment. This online master's degree program will prepare students for a senior role in a dynamic and increasingly demanding healthcare environment.

The MSN program focuses on the development of a leadership style and the skill set essential for individuals in or seeking administrative roles, including:

  • fiscal and organizational management,
  • strategic planning,
  • integrated quality outcomes measurement,
  • organizational structures,
  • marketing, and
  • management of human resources within organizations.

The program also provides the student with information and strategies to problem solve, make decisions, resolve conflict, address legal/ethical issues and operationalize the mission and goals of the health care delivery organization.

Coursework for the MSN program is completed online. The MSN also requires two practicum experiences that provide opportunities for students to further develop leadership skills for complex healthcare organizations. Students will also have the option for an international study abroad experience in Costa Rica where they will explore the Costa Rican Health Care System through a series of site visits to health care facilities and meeting with health care professionals to learn firsthand about the success and challenges of delivery health care in Costa Rica.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Ms. Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor
jnr56@drexel.edu
267.359.5692

Additional information is also available on the Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management web page and the Drexel University Online Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management web page.

Admission Requirements

  • BSN from a program fully accredited by NLN and or CCNE.
  • 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or the last 60 credits completed. Applications from RN’s with GPA < 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions are required.
  • Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant’s knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the followings:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • Copy of Current US RN license required.
  • Copies of any Advanced Practice Nursing Licensure and Certification Documents.
  • While specific experience is not required for applicants to the track, previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

International applicants must possess a BSN (or its equivalent) and current US RN license.

TOEFL Requirement

International Applicants, as well as Immigrants to the US and US Permanent Residents, whose native language is not English, and who have not received a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, and must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. US citizens born on US military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you are required to have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing and reading sections of 79 Plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.

If you take the TOEFL, you are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Ms. Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor
jnr56@drexel.edu
267.359.5692

Additional information is also available on the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions' Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management web page and the Drexel University Online Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management web page.

Degree Requirements

The program content addresses the four key areas of organizations: leading the human side of the enterprise, managing resources, managing operations, and managing information. Two threads are incorporated throughout all courses: the importance of professional image in written and live presentations and the use of technology to support and enhance management and care delivery outcomes.

MSN Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Support Course
Major Courses
INFO 526Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice3.0
or NURS 553 Data Analysis for Decision-Making in HC Management
NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions3.0
NURS 558Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy3.0
NURS 547Communication and Self-Awareness for Leading and Managing in Healthcare3.0
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
NURS 562Workforce Management in Healthcare Organizations3.0
NURS 559Operations Management in Contemporary Healthcare Organizations3.0
NURS 567Strategic Management: Power, Politics and Influence in Healthcare Systems3.0
Elective3.0
Practicum Courses
NURS 568Practicum and Symposium in Healthcare Operations Management3.0
NURS 569Practicum and Symposium in Technology and Management of Information in Healthcare Organizations3.0
Total Credits48.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Ms. Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor
jnr56@drexel.edu
267.359.5692

Additional information is also available on the Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management web page and the Drexel University Online Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management web page.

Sample Plan of Study

Advanced Role MSN Faculty

Kristen Altdoerffer, MSN, CRNP, BSN, RN (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric and adolescent nursing.
Susan M. Burke, PhD, RN, CPNP-BC (The Catholic University of America) Track Director, Pediatric Primary Care. Associate Clinical Professor. Pediatric primary care, health disparities in children, families under stress, children with special health care needs transitioning to adulthood.
Jennifer Coates, MSN, MBA, ACNPC, ACNP-BC (The University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Critical care nurse practitioner.
Frances H. Cornelius, PhD, MSN (Drexel University; Wayne State University) Chair, MSN Department. Clinical Professor. Environmental justice, community and public health instructional technology, distance learning, mobile learning, informatics.
Brenda Douglass, DNP, CRNP-BC, CDE, CTTS. Associate Clinical Professor. Endocrine, cardiology, pulmonology, sleep disorders, and chronic health conditions
Alecia Schneider Fox, PhD (Candidate) (Widener University) Senior Director Nursing Faculty Affairs and Clinical Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Emergency, critical care, trauma, organ transplant and advanced nursing practice. Serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Drexel Chapter of the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.
Karyn Holt, PhD, CNM, NCC (Georgetown University; Touro University). Associate Clinical Professor. Women’s health issues, Intimate Partner Violence, Disaster Management and online learning.
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