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: 51.3801
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.

Full and part-time enrollment options are available. 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

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 describing why the student is interested in this MSN Degree.
  • 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:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Student Services Manager


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
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

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.

MSN: Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management Concentration Faculty

Rita Adeniran, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Leadership, diversity, nursing.
Katherine Kaby Anselmi, PhD, JD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Dean of Accreditation/Regulatory Affairs & Online Innovation . Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing, law, family nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner.
Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, RN, CGS, DF-IAFN (University of Pennsylvania) Coordinator, Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Forensic, child, adolescent and family mental health nursing.
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.
William D'Andrea, MS, BS Pharm, CCP (MCP Hahnemann University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, advanced pharmacology.
Diane DePew, DSN, RN (University of Alabama, Birmingham). Assistant Clinical Professor. Evaluation, competency, test development and item writing, continuing education, accreditation, educational design, leadership management.
Jill Derstine, EdD, RN, FAAN (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing education and rehabilitation nursing.
Angela C. Hawes, MSN, RN (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Child and family health nursing, nursing leadership, administration, and community health nursing.
Karyn Holt, PhD, CNM, NCC (Georgetown University; Touro University). Associate Clinical Professor. Women’s health issues, Intimate Partner Violence, Disaster Management and online learning.
Jackie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPN, CNE (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nursing.
Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Labor and delivery, midwifery, postpartum care, neonatal intensive care, improving access to care for women with postpartum depression, family psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Alice Marie Poyss, PhD, MSN, CNL, APRN-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Director, Clinical Nurse Leader Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Nursing intervention/outcome studies and nursing treatment/outcome studies; program evaluation, and effects of alternate teaching styles with student learning.
Patricia A. Riccio, PhD, RN (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Clinical Professor. Research methods and biostatistics.
Joanne Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN (Alum), CNE (Widener University). Associate Clinical Professor. Critical care nursing, adult health nursing, nursing education, curriculum development and patient safety.
Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago). Assistant Professor. The access and utilization of perinatal health services such as prenatal case management (PCM) and prenatal care; adverse perinatal health outcomes fetal growth, preterm birth, and cerebral palsy; and the interaction of social, psychosocial, behavioral, and biological determinants of racial/ethnic health disparities in perinatal health.
Kay Swartzwelder, PhD, MSN, CRNP-BC, CNE. Assistant Clinical Professor. How students learn with a focus on student/faculty engagement, generational learning, learning styles, and personality types.
Suzanne Taylor, MSN, RN. Assistant Clinical Professor. Transformational and adaptive learning to support the evolving leadership expectations, emotional intelligence and promoting a culture of collaboration across other disciplines.
Virginia Wilson, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, NE-BC (Widener University) Director Nursing Innovation Program; Director, Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management. Assistant Clinical Professor. Leadership and management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation.
Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, CRNP, FAAN (Widener University). Clinical Professor. Advanced practice nursing, leadership and management, nursing education, clinical nurse specialist (adult health) and adult nurse practitioner.
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