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Nursing Administration


Master of Science

Program Length: 15 months

Degree Overview

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Administrative and leadership roles in the healthcare industry require knowledge of management, organizational theory, ethics, legal issues, and the delivery of healthcare systems. This program is designed to give you the proficiency you need in these areas to make a difference in the nursing community and better serve the overall health delivery system. Focus is also placed on health policy, information systems, and the management of human, material, and fiscal resources. As a graduate of this program, you can be ready for entry-level positions in management of nursing personnel in a variety of healthcare fields.

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

HCA 542 Issues in Managed Care 4.0
HSA 505 Health Service Organizations and Management 4.5
HSA 512 Health Service Economics 4.5
HSA 518 Health Services Financial Management 4.0
HSA 538 Health Services Marketing 4.0
HSA 544 Outcomes Assessment and Quality Management 4.0
HSA 552 Healthcare Information Systems 4.0
HSM 515 Legal Considerations in Healthcare Delivery 4.5
NUR 601 Nursing Administration I 4.0
NUR 651 Nursing Administration II 4.0
NUR 652 Advanced Nursing Theory 4.0
NUR 653 Leadership Theory 4.0
NUR 668 Research and Evaluation Methods 4.0
NUR 690 Capstone Project 4.0

Course Description

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Issues in Managed Care

This course serves as an introduction to the history, structure, and management issues associated with health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and other managed care options.

Credits: 4.0

Health Service Organizations and Management

This course addresses organizational arrangements for providing healthcare and their management. Course components include: the distinctive aspects of health service organizations; organizational structures and processes; the nature of managerial work; leadership; interpersonal relationships; groups/teams; communication; decision making; power and conflict; and change.

Credits: 4.5

Health Service Economics

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to economic theories, models, concepts and analytical techniques and their implication for, and application to, health services. Components of the course include: supply and demand for healthcare; competitive markets and market behaviors; pricing and the influence of insurance on utilization; economic models of the firm, resource deployment, costs and productivity; and related health system-wide policy issues.

Credits: 4.5

Health Services Financial Management

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of accounting and financial management concepts/techniques to health service organizations. Course components include: distinctive accounting and financial characteristics of health services organizations; interpreting basic financial statements; financial ratios analysis; government and voluntary regulatory agency compliance; and evaluating financial performance.

Credits: 4.0

Health Services Marketing

Focuses on aligning health service offerings with the demands of markets in order to maximize customer/client value and organizational competitive advantage. Course components include: nature of the marketing function; differences in services and product markets and marketing; market analysis; fundamentals of individual and organizational buying behavior; elements of the tactical marketing mix (service offering design, price, promotion and customer acquisition channels); and marketing plans.

Credits: 4.0

Outcomes Assessment and Quality Management

This course addresses why healthcare institutions are responsible for the management and continuous improvement of quality in all aspects of their operation. It exposes the student to the processes and quality tools used to develop effective quality management programs as well as to assess current practices. It also covers how to evaluate outcomes data for interpretation to various audiences.

Credits: 4.0

Healthcare Information Systems

This course is designed to prepare students for management oversight, administrative design, acquisition of, and implementation of, information technology systems. The course emphasizes basic knowledge of information systems in a healthcare environment. A component of the course is a team-based information technology strategic plan.

Credits: 4.0

Legal Considerations in Healthcare Delivery

This course addresses the variety of legal questions and issues confronting healthcare professionals today. The course includes such topics as liability, confidentiality of records, informed consent, contracts, patient rights, employee rights, and legal testimony.

Credits: 4.5

Nursing Administration I

This course addresses front-line skills and knowledge for nursing administration based on a foundation of sound management theory as it relates to health-care delivery. Students integrate clinical examples and develop skills for evaluating care plan delivery models and structures; thinking critically; empowering teams; resolving conflicts; coaching and mentoring; educating staff and assessing clinical competence; allocating resources; and ensuring and measuring productivity and efficiency.

Credits: 4.0

Nursing Administration II

This course builds on the skills learned in Nursing Administration. Students are expected to formulate, write, and present case studies about major healthcare issues from the perspective of an administrative team member in a health-care organization.

Credits: 4.0

Advanced Nursing Theory

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program. Students are expected to research and present case studies about current trends, licensing requirements throughout the country, and future projections for the nursing industry.

Credits: 4.0

Leadership Theory

This course addresses the theory and practice of leadership in organizations. Traditional and modern theories of leadership are explored, as well as the practical application of these theories in the workplace. In addition to covering the traditional concepts of leadership in organizations, this course takes an in-depth look at the power and influence a leader has over the organization and its members.

Credits: 4.0

Research and Evaluation Methods

This course exposes the student to the skills for engaging in scholarly inquiry, utilizing information resources, evaluating research, identifying problems, and measuring outcomes in practical settings, and using research findings for clinical decision-making. Topics include: principles of problem analysis, how to confront decisions related to the design of a research study, and how to critically examine approved research methods. Selected research designs include descriptive, survey, case study, ethnography, historical, phenomenology, and grounded theory.

Credits: 4.0

Capstone Project

Students are required to complete an individual or group project or write a thesis that integrates and demonstrates mastery of the basic learning objectives of the degree program.

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 14Total Credits: 57.5

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