MSN in Nursing Administration with a focus in Organizational Leadership

Duration: 12-18 months | Credit Hours: 30 units
Tuition: $516 in-state $625 out-of-state per credit hour

The University of South Carolina's 100% online Master of Science in Nursing in Organizational Leadership is designed to prepare nurses at the graduate level to manage the delivery of nursing and health care services across the spectrum of health care. You will delve deep into practical coursework, such as Facilitative Processes for Organizational Leadership, Financing Health Care, and Research Methods for Nursing.

In this MSN in Nursing Administration with a focus in Organizational Leadership program, you will:

  • learn the conceptual basis for family and community health nursing
  • learn organizational and management theories emphasizing budgeting, strategic planning, and organizational development
  • prepare for national certification in nursing administration

Course List

Program Courses

Students must choose one of the following courses: NURS 717, BIO 700, or EDRM 710 and one of the following courses: NURS 791 or NURS 799.
Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations For Nursing
NURS 700
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Concept development, model building, and theoretical formulation in nursing. Critical analysis of current theories of nursing, related nursing research, and selected theories from natural, behavioral, and applied health sciences.
Conceptual Basis of Health Systems
NURS 734
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Organizational and management theories emphasizing nursing administration roles, budgeting and resource allocation, strategic planning, organizational development, human resource management, and legal and regulatory issues.
Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing & Nursing Services Management
NURS 717
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Application of basic statistical principles and procedures to address common nursing practice issues and guide nursing practice and management.
Introduction to Biostatistics
BIO 700
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Health-related statistical applications. Descriptive statistics, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression, correlation, ANOVA. May not be used as part of a degree program in epidemiology or biostatistics.
Educational Statistics I
EDRM 710
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Introductory course in statistics for graduate students in education and the other social sciences. Central tendency and variability, normal distribution, simple correlation and regression, z and t tests for one and two samples, and the chi-square test. Use of statistical software.
Conceptual Basis for Family and Community Health Nursing
NURS 708
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Key concepts, theories, and issues relevant to practice as a specialist in public health/community health nursing. Corequisite: Prereq or coreq: NURS 700 Prerequisites: Prereq or coreq: NURS 700
Financing Health Care
NURS 738
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Application of the principles of financial management to the systems involved in the delivery of health care. Cross-listed Course: HSPM 730
Facilitative Processes for Health Systems Organizational Leadership
NURS 740
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Issues, structures, and processes employed in providing a supportive environment for professional nursing practice. Emphasis on development of professional nursing systems models. Corequisite: Prereq or coreq: NURS 700 Prerequisites: Prereq or coreq: NURS 700
Coordinating Processes in Health Systems Organizational Leadership
NURS 741
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Methods for supporting nursing systems with resources of health care delivery systems. Focus is on professional and systems relationships. Corequisite: Prereq or coreq: MGMT 770 Prerequisites: NURS 740 Prereq or coreq: MGMT 770
Integrative Process in Health Systems Organizational Leadership
NURS 742
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Strategies for maximizing the potential of nursing services within organizations. Methods for meeting the challenges presented by complex changes occurring in the health care system. Prerequisites: NURS 738 and NURS 741 Note: Practicum.
Research Methods for Nursing
NURS 790
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Development of nursing research and methodological approaches to the study of nursing problems. Prerequisites: approved statistics course, NURS 700
Seminar in Clinical Research
NURS 791
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Survey and critical analysis of current research in clinical nursing and related disciplines. Prerequisites: NURS 790.
Thesis
NURS 799
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 790. Note: May be repeated; only 6 hours may be applied to the degree.

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