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MSN in Nursing Administration Online

Duration: 12-18 months Credit Hours: 30 units Tuition: $568.75 in-state $568.75 out-of-state per credit hour (additional fees apply)

The University of South Carolina's 100% online MSN in Nursing Administration 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.

This online degree program offers:

  • learn the conceptual basis for for the practice of nursing leadership in healthcare systems
  • learn organizational and management principles emphasizing budgeting, strategic planning, and organizational development
  • experiential learning in a supportive field study environment
  • preparation for national certification in nursing administration

The Masters of Science in Nursing Administration has two leadership courses that require field study hours. These hours can be performed with a leadership mentor at your place of employment if your employer approves. During your completion of your field study hours, you will work with a leader to complete organizational leadership projects. In the first course, the project focus will be human resources and during the second course the focus can be selected from the following concepts: efficiency, quality, or patient outcomes.

Online Courses

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.

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.
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 statistical principles and procedures to address common nursing practice issues and guide nursing practice and management.
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.
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.
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
Application of the principles of financial management to the systems involved in the delivery of health care. Cross-listed Course: HSPM 730
Issues, structures, and processes employed in providing a supportive environment for professional nursing practice. Emphasis on development of professional nursing systems models.
Methods for supporting nursing systems with resources of health care delivery systems. Focus is on professional and systems relationships. Note: Practicum.
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 741. Note: Practicum.
Development of nursing research and methodological approaches to the study of nursing problems. Prerequisites: approved statistics course, NURS 700
Survey and critical analysis of current research in clinical nursing and related disciplines. Prerequisites: NURS 790.
Prerequisites: NURS 790. Note: May be repeated; only 6 hours may be applied to the degree.
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