The M.S.N., H.S.A. prepares you to be effective nurse leader in executive practice through a 30-credit curriculum that addresses all aspects of hospital administration as well as nursing. The program includes four core M.S.N., H.S.A. courses as well as seven courses in health systems administration. It takes about two years to complete. An active nursing license and a B.S.N. is a requirement for admittance into this program.
Curriculum Plan (30 Credits)
NURS 6123 Theoretical Basis of Nursing (3)
NURS 6124 Forces in Health Care (3)
NURS 7141 Nursing Research I (3)
NURS 9919 Using Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
NURS 6224 Nursing and Health Systems Administration (3)
NURS 6304 Case Management (3)
NURS 6305 Financial Management of Health Care Systems (3)
NURS 6306 Legal and Risk Management Issues in Health Care (3)
NURS 7307 Managed Care and Reimbursement Systems (Clinical Course) (3)
NURS 7310 Managerial Internship in Health Systems Administration (Clinical Course) (3)
There are no on-campus clinical experiences, but a total of 85 clinical hours are completed between NURS 7307 and NURS 7310. Those 85 clinical hours are divided as follows: student are expected to complete a total of 40 clinical hours in NURS 7307 and a total of 45 clinical hours in NURS 7310.
NURS 6123 Theoretical Basis of Nursing (3 credit hours)
The course focus includes study of selected contemporary nursing and related theories. Major philosophical and theoretical orientations that provide the foundation for nursing practice are analyzed. Theory development and its connection to empirical research are evaluated.
NURS 6124 Forces in Health Care (3 credit hours)
This course examines the issues and concepts that are relevant to an understanding of the relationships among forces in health care. Emphasis will be placed on the process by which health care policies are formulated and on identifying the central issues within policies together with their supportive and non-supportive argumentation.
NURS 7141 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
This course examines methods of nursing research. Critique of published quantitative and qualitative nursing research studies is conducted. Emphasis is on the utilization of knowledge to provide evidence-based nursing skills. Students develop skills for preparing practice focused, nursing research utilization projects. Prerequisites: Undergraduate Nursing Research course, Undergraduate Basic Statistics Course.
NURS 9919 Using Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credit hours)
This course will build on knowledge of the essentials of research and the components of evidence-based practice (EBP). The student will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and apply evidence-based principles in clinical settings. Development of scholarly writing ability utilizing APA format will be emphasized. Prerequisite: NURS 7141 or equivalent.
NURS 6224 Nursing and Health Systems Administration (3 credit hours)
This course addresses the political, social, legal, and ethical realities affecting nursing administrators in integrated health care delivery systems. Theoretical as well as operational perspectives are presented, particularly as they distinguish nursing administration from business administration Students analyze the interactions of government authorities, delivery systems, the financing of healthcare, regulation, competition, and organizational innovation.
NURS 6304 Case Management (3 credit hours)
This course investigates the role of the nurse case manager in a managed care environment. Case management initiatives employed with specific multicultural clinical populations will be discussed with a focus on patient and family education to maximize health. Prerequisite NURS 6224 or by permission.
NURS 6305 Financial Management of Health Care Systems (3 credit hours)
This course will focus on the financial aspects of integrated health care delivery systems. Basic principles of economics and accounting will be reviewed as they relate to health care organizations. Emphasis will be on the synthesis of clinical and financial operations in ways that limit resource consumption and maximize resource utilization. Prerequisite NURS 6304 or by permission.
NURS 6306 Legal and Risk Management Issues in Health (3 credit hours)
This course examines legal issues and risks in healthcare administration. The course will address the broad and divergent elements of health care risk management that healthcare facilities and administrators experience in the current environment of managed care. Prerequisite: NURS 6304 or by permission.
NURS 7307 Managed Care and Reimbursement Systems (Clinical Course) (3 credit hours)
This practicum course examines how integrated health care delivery systems are reimbursed for services. Types of managed care organizations and their organizational and operational structures are studied. The internship/practicum format allows the student to examine and participate in financial management operations employed in an actual health care setting. Prerequisite: NURS 6305 or by permission. 40 total clinical hours are required for completion of this course.
NURS 7310 Managerial Internship in Health Systems Administration (Clinical Course) (3 credit hours)
The initial internship experience offers students the opportunity to develop midlevel leadership/management competencies within selected healthcare organizations. Course focus is on the assessment of integrated health care delivery systems and on the multicultural constituencies served by these systems. Hospital operations, the roles and interrelationships of managers and administrators in organizational units are examined. Prerequisite: NURS 7307 or by permission. 45 total clinical hours are required for completion of this course.