Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Nursing Leadership in Health Systems

US News and World ReportThe Nursing Leadership in Health Systems track, which is ranked #17 in U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Best Online Programs, covers a wide range of administrative knowledge, from leadership and decision-making to economics and organizational theory. Also, you are encouraged to tailor your elective courses to meet your specific career goals and emerging employment opportunities. Courses are taught by faculty with years of experience in a variety of leadership roles across the state of Indiana. Your educational experience includes an administrative practicum and research experience that allows you to develop practical leadership skills in a real work setting, and prepares you for mid-level and senior nursing leadership in a variety of settings and roles, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Academic settings
  • Community health agencies
  • Government/public policy organizations
  • Corporate industry
  • Private consultation
  • Entrepreneurs

Graduates are eligible for certification as a Nurse Executive through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or Executive Nursing Practice certification from the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL). Please note that these certifications also require two years of work experience in nursing leadership roles in addition to the MSN degree.

42 credit hours
525 practicum hours

MSN Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)
  • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
  • N504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • R500 Nursing Research Methods I (3 cr)
  • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
NLHS Track Courses (30 Credit Hours)
  • I640 Informatics in Nursing Leadership (3 cr)
  • L581 Economic Analysis of Nursing & Health Systems (3 cr)
  • L577 Leadership & Organizational Behavior (3 cr)
  • L578 Financial, Legal, & Ethical Leadership (3 cr)
  • L582 Nursing Leadership Practicum I (3 cr/150 practicum hours)
  • L592 Nursing Leadership Practicum II (3 cr/150 practicum hours)
  • L580 Nursing Leadership Practicum III (3 cr/225 practicum hours)
  • L596 Seminar in Health Systems Leadership (3 cr)
  • Elective Coursework (6 cr)

Review the course descriptions.

Program Details
  • Part-time and full-time plans of study available.
  • Courses follow a traditional 16-week semester format; summer courses run across both summer sessions for 12 weeks.
  • MSN Core Courses (12 credits) and NLHS Courses (30 credits) are taught online, with the potential for some synchronous class sessions that students attend from a distance via videoconference technology.
  • Clinical/practicum experiences can be completed in your home community within Indiana and are arranged cooperatively by students and faculty.
  • All clinical/practicum hours must be completed within Indiana due to supervision requirements.
Minimum Criteria for Admission
  • BSN degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program, or foreign equivalent.
  • BSN degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as listed on BSN transcript.)
  • Active, unencumbered Indiana or Compact RN license.
  • RN experience is not required for admission to the Nursing Leadership track.
  • Completion of a three-credit hour undergraduate statistics course from an accredited college or university with a B- or better.
  • Pass/fail courses are not accepted.
Admission Timeline
  • Admission to the Nursing Leadership in Health Systems track is offered for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
  • Application deadlines:
    • Fall Start: May 15th
    • Spring Start: October 15th
    • Summer Start: February 15th
  • Admission notifications are sent out approximately six weeks after the application deadline.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.