What courses will I take in the Nursing Administration and Leadership online master’s degree?

NURS 5012 – Nursing Science and Patterns of Knowing, 3-Credits

An historical, contemporary and futuristic exploration of the art and science of nursing praxis including patterns of knowing: empirical, ethical, aesthetic, existential and emancipatory. Theories and models derived from nursing and the social sciences are synthesized for their usefulness in advanced practice nursing care for individuals, families, and communities to promote health and manage a variety of problems such as health threats, acute and chronic illnesses, and transitions. Opportunities are provided for students to synthesize family health concepts for use in clinical practice, scholarship, and research.

NURS 5020 – Statistical Methods in Nursing, 3-Credits

Quantitative procedures including descriptive and inferential statistics, non-parametric approaches to data, and parametric analyses. Selected research designs are explored. Analytic techniques are applied for use in selected research designs in health sciences research. Cross listed with CLTR 5020.

NURS 5030 – Nursing Research in Advanced Practice, 3-Credits

Examination of qualitative and quantitative methods of primary research employed to answer questions in nursing practice. Concepts include patient safety and quality principles, quality/process improvement, and evidence-based practice processes. Emphasis is on problem identification; design principles; and accessing, analyzing, disseminating and applying research for evidence-based practice.

NURS 5035 – Evidence-based Practice to Advance Clinical Scholarship, 3-Credits

The focus of this course includes use of evidence-based practice (EBP) processes for individual patient management aligned with advanced nursing practice expectations and Standard of Care. Emphasis is on clinical problem identification, accessing, analyzing, and applying primary and select secondary source literature and clinical practice guideline findings to facilitate quality, safe, and individual patient care management.

NURS 5230 – Healthcare Finance for Nurse Leaders, 3-Credits

Analysis of the financing of health care from the macro, meso and micro system perspectives; a focus on governmental and private payers; an examination of systems, department and unit level budgets

NURS 5235 – Healthcare Quality Improvement, Outcomes Management, Assessment and Planning for the Nurse Leader, 3-Credits

An examination of unit and system based health care outcomes; their identification, measurement and purpose along with principles of quality improvement processes and assessment and planning principles and concepts.

NURS 5249 – MS in Nursing Capstone Experience, 3-Credit

Integration of concepts, theories, and principles pertinent to the student’s specialty track, in an experiential learning setting, demonstrating integration of new knowledge and attainment of program outcomes.

NURS 5240 – Nursing Leadership Foundations, 3-Credits

Introduction to the process of nursing leadership. Emphasis placed on theories of leadership, motivation, organizational design and problem solving.

NURS 5245 – Nursing Leadership Application, 3-Credits

Application of management theories to nursing leadership focusing on staff development, labor relations, staffing and scheduling, patient classification systems, healthcare innovation, quality improvement management, performance and program evaluation and human resources management.

NURS 5865 – Information Systems for the Scholarship of Application, 3-Credits

Evaluation and use of information systems/technology and patient care technology supportive of clinical and administrative decision-making relevant to patient care, care systems, and quality improvement.

NURS 5870 – Health Policy & Populations-based Advocacy for the Scholarship of Application, 3-Credits

The role of collaborative health care teams in health promotion and risk reduction and illness prevention for population health. Educational strategies necessary for transformation of clinical education to decrease preventable deaths will be incorporated.


Note: No student may take more than 12 credits in the master’s degree as a non-matriculated student. No student may transfer in more than 25% of course credits required for the master’s degree plan of study.


The MS program requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above to earn the Master of Science degree in Nursing. Students must earn a “B” or better in all graduate courses with a NURS prefix in order to earn credit toward graduation. A student may only repeat one course with a NURS prefix throughout their graduate study. If a student does not earn a “C+” or better on the first try, a collaborative decision between the advisor and the student will determine if a repeat of the course is appropriate.