About the Online Nurse Leader Master's Degree
The University of Connecticut’s online Nurse Leader Master of Science (30-credit) and DNP programs are taught by UConn School of Nursing faculty who are dedicated to your future in advanced practice. The purpose of the master’s and DNP programs are to prepare nurses for advanced nursing practice with specialized knowledge, skills, and values. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the program.
Graduates of the Nurse Leader master’s or DNP program concentration assume leadership roles in the health care system. By applying their existing knowledge and spirit of inquiry they are able to advance the discipline of nursing. Nurse leaders, nurse executives, and nurse administrators focus on key areas including staff development, labor relations, healthcare financing, staffing and scheduling, patient classification systems, healthcare innovations, quality improvement management, performance, outcomes, and program evaluation and human resources management. The foundations of the program are built on theories of leadership, motivation, organizational design, and problem solving. This program will prepare you for national certification through American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), either as a Certified Nurse Manager & Leader (CNML) or Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP). For those who may want to pursue a DNP degree in the future, two courses in the concentration can be applied toward UConn’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
High Demand and Salary Outlook for Nursing Leaders
National Projected Growth
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How much does a Nurse Administrator make in the United States?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the median annual salary of Medical and Health Services Managers, such as Nurse Leaders and Nurse Administrators is $100,980 as of May 2019. Visit the BLS website to learn more.
Nurse Administrator Career Outlook
According to a Burning Glass Technologies Career Insight report, the employment outlook for these types of positions are expected to grow more than 21% over the next 10 years, considerably more than that of the average for all other occupations combined.
Top employers for Clinical Healthcare Administrators include hospitals and healthcare related industries, such as, Anthem Blue Cross, Hospital Corporation of America, Westat, Davita, Parexel, Fresenius and UnitedHealth Group.