Program Requirements

The master of science in nursing (MSN) degree, with a concentration in leadership and management, will prepare students to excel in nursing management. You’ll be prepared to lead teams and develop strategy for offering nursing services in a healthcare setting—from acute care management in hospitals and clinics to other community-based organizational settings.

Master’s Degree Requirements

  • 37 total semester hours (sh), plus 315 practicum hours
  • 14 sh of graduate nursing core classes
  • 15 sh of leadership and management specialty courses
  • 8 sh of electives from management coursework in the graduate School of Business and Nonprofit Management
  • 315 nursing practicum hours


A total of 8 semester hours will be chosen from an approved list of nursing or business courses taught by the School of Business and Nonprofit Management. These classes can be taken online or on campus. Explore current options for these elective credits.

Nursing Courses

Click on a course name below to read a description of that class.

Please review the full academic catalog for the year you enrolled at North Park for official degree requirements. The catalog and your School of Nursing advisor will assist you in planning your course sequence to complete your master’s degree.

NURS 5030 – Professional Communication & Collaboration
This course focuses on the identification, analysis, and implementation of communication strategies to facilitate formation of successful teams and partnerships. Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge of principles of adult learning and will examine clinical reasoning, judgment, and decision making in addressing the needs of diverse patients and populations across the life span. Emphasis will be placed on developing group leadership skills, building teams through communication and partnership, and conflict management in the light of change.

NURS 5010 – Scientific Inquiry and Knowledge Development
This course focuses on the evaluation and development of evidence-based approaches to improve practice, health outcomes, and the care environment. Emphasis is placed on utilizing theories in nursing research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement; analyzing evidence; identifying knowledge gaps; developing strategies to generate and disseminate new evidence; and planning approaches for translating evidence into practice. Cultural and lifespan considerations of evidence-based practice approaches are addressed. Ethical considerations of evidence appraisal, development, and implementation are identified. This course serves as the foundation for synthesis and development of nursing knowledge in clinical (capstone) projects. Students must have completed an undergraduate statistics or equivalent course and also an undergraduate nursing research course.

NURS 5015 – Health Care Systems: Organization and Resources
This course examines how health care delivery systems are organized and financed and the economic, political, and regulatory factors that influence the planning and delivery of healthcare services across the continuum of care. Emphasis is placed on utilizing health system data sets, quality improvement tools, and evidence-based practice to optimize patient safety and health outcomes. Students apply economic, systems, and organizational principles in evaluating the structure, function, and delivery of health care in the U.S. and participate in the development of policies to improve health care. The utilization of information technology to support the coordination, improvement, and delivery of care is explored.

NURS 5020 – Population Based Health Care
This course examines epidemiologic and public health principles to analyze needs and plan for care of populations across the lifespan. Social, cultural, environmental, and genetic determinants of health are explored; risk assessment and root causes of illness are examined. Health promotion and educational methods are critiqued and levels of prevention applied in developing programs for at-risk populations. Building on local context, the urban, multicultural, national, and global influences on population health are explored.

NURS 5430 – Strategic Nursing Management
This course is a foundation for the healthcare leader and manager shaping change across the continuum of care. It builds upon the knowledge base, tools, and abilities essential to function as an effective nurse leader and manager in a variety of healthcare systems. Students will synthesize management skills related to systems analysis, human resources, outcomes management, financial management, micro and macroeconomics, organizational development, business planning, conflict resolution and change management.

NURS 5432 – Strategic Nursing Management Practicum
The clinical practicum is focused upon the application of nursing research, theory and the essential principles of management to a practice setting. The student has the opportunity to advance knowledge and skills through participation in an agency-based project. Course projects relate to developing a business plan, analyzing a financial plan or managing a human resource issue in an organization setting. The organization setting may include acute care agencies, community settings, nonprofit corporations, congregations, government agencies, or education facilities jointly approved and planned between the student, faculty, and preceptor. The student will develop objectives specific to advancing knowledge and skills related to management as well as begin work on a capstone practicum project. Practicum hours total 135.

NURS 5440 – Transformational Nursing Leadership
Focuses upon the student as a transformational leader in the healthcare environment. The student analyzes and evaluates community based care, integrated systems, and community networks. Concentration on the continuum of care as it moves from simple to more complex systems of partnerships, mergers, networks, and interdisciplinary teams will be emphasized. The role of the leader advances to that of strategic change agent that is knowledgeable in the transformation of organizations to enhance capabilities and adaptability of resources at all levels.

NURS 5442 – Transformational Nursing Leadership Practicum
This leadership practicum provides an opportunity for students to cultivate and synthesize transformational leadership principles and capabilities. Building upon the management practicum this experience focuses upon complex leadership issues and challenges across the health care delivery system. The practicum experience provides opportunity to develop advanced leadership competency in the areas of interdisciplinary team building, evaluation of quality improvement initiatives, change management within a health care system and strategic decision-making. The student develops objectives that are consistent with advanced leadership knowledge and skills as well as continues to expand expertise related to the integration of research, theory, and practice as the final phase of the practicum capstone project is completed. Practicum hours total 180.

NURS 5990 – Capstone Project
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop an evidence-based practice project with potential for dissemination. The project will be presented in both written and oral formats.

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