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Online Master of Science in Nursing, Health Systems Administration with Case Management

Lead at the Heart of Nursing Enterprise

Today’s healthcare environment requires executive nurse leaders who possess a broad skillset that spans both hospital administration and patient care. The online M.S.N., Health Systems Administration with Case Management (M.S.N., H.S.A.) from Seton Hall University will give you these essential skills. It will not only advance your nursing skills, but also your proficiency in all aspects of hospital administration, including finance, strategic planning, operations and care delivery.

30 credits

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The M.S.N., H.S.A. program will prepare you to advocate for quality care while addressing the realities of cost. You will build an understanding of the financial ramifications of every action conducted in patient care. By studying with an institution that is a longtime leader in compassionate and forward-looking nursing education, you will learn how to make the choices that promote quality care amidst the budgetary pressures of the healthcare reform environment.

Meet the need for executive nurse leaders who can lead the provision of high-quality, cost-conscious care in today’s healthcare environment.

Program Learning Activities

In this M.S.N., H.S.A. program, you will:

  • Prepare to assume middle management positions in the nursing/patient services hierarchy.
  • Learn to advocate for and direct the provision of high-quality care while addressing the realities of cost in the newly reformed environment of healthcare delivery.
  • Analyze clinical cases from the perspectives of two or more scientific foundations, including nursing science and quality improvement science.
  • Conduct organizational assessment (at the micro-, meso-, and macrosystem levels) describing the relationship between organizational structure, leadership and decision making.
  • Analyze a clinical/practice case study describing an organizational problem addressing communication and conflict within healthcare (educational) teams.
  • Analyze an organizational conflict at the microsystem level and present a strategy to deal with the conflict.
  • Develop a business plan including a budget for a proposed initiative to improve outcomes on the microsystem/unit.
  • Evaluate an institution’s policy regarding the implementation of new point-of-care technology, including issues related to privacy, patient/provider risks, ethics and costs.
  • Conduct an environmental scan of the prevalent issues affecting health care in an institution and provide a summary of key trends, risks and associated implications for planning and budgeting decisions.
  • Analyze interdisciplinary patterns of communication and chain of command both internal and external to the unit that impact nursing education or care.

By the Numbers

  • #16 Ranked Nursing Administration and Leadership*
  • 19% Anticipated R.N. Job Growth by 2022
  • 80% Full-time Faculty with Doctoral Degrees
  • 65 US News Ranking of Graduate Nursing Programs

Why Choose Seton Hall’s M.S.N., H.S.A. Program?

  • Quality: Study in a high-quality program that has led to a 98 percent AANPCP exam pass rates for graduates over the past five years.
  • Immersion: Gain exposure to patient care operations and nursing and non-nursing executives through a managed care and reimbursement internship and a managerial internship in health systems administration.
  • Practical skill development: Receive the breadth of learning you need for administrative nursing roles through an annual research day, regular case analysis, field research, interviews and budget creation.
  • A values-based approach: Study at a Catholic university in a values-based curriculum that instills a commitment to lifelong learning, service and leadership for the greater good of patients.
  • Career preparation: Upon completion, graduates can sit for the:
    • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nursing Administrator Exam
    • Commission for Case Manager Certificate Examination (CCMC).
  • A tradition of excellence: Founded in 1937, the College of Nursing at Seton Hall was the first school in New Jersey and the first Catholic college on the East Coast to offer an undergraduate program in nursing.
  • #76 Best Nursing School – U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 Online Master’s in Nursing Program – SuperScholar
  • One of America’s Top Colleges – Forbes

A Bright Career

The M.S.N., H.S.A. degree prepares you for employment in administrative roles in health care that can range from middle-management positions to Executive roles featuring salaries in excess of $150,000. You will be prepared to work in settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Managed care organizations
  • Health insurance plans
  • Non-healthcare-related industries

Job titles may include:

  • Clinical Nurse Director
  • Chief Nurse
  • Vice President of Case Management
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Vice President, Patient Care Services

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Seton Hall University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

An online M.S.N., H.S.A. from Seton Hall University provides the immersive experiences and quality education you need to cost-effectively lead the provision of quality care to make a difference for patients. Contact an Admissions Advisor at (844) 823-1198 to learn more or Request More Information.