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 relationship of theory, research and practice in the development of nursing knowledge. Emphasis is on ethical and scientific knowledge. Selected theories and conceptual models are analyzed and evaluated, focusing on application to advanced nursing practice and development of nursing knowledge. The research process is discussed, with emphasis on evaluation and utilization of new knowledge in order to provide high quality health care, initiate change and improve nursing practice. This course provides the foundation for the synthesis of knowledge development in advanced clinical nursing practicum projects. Students must have completed an undergraduate statistics or equivalent course and also performed undergraduate nursing research.

NURS 5015 – Health Care Systems: Organization and Resources
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. health system with a global viewpoint of its comparison to international healthcare systems. The healthcare environment is examined including healthcare service providers, suppliers, consumers, regulators, and payers. Organizational development, structure, and administration, along with planning and managing in Health Service Organizations are analyzed. Healthcare economics addresses key issues and fundamental concepts of applied economics. Healthcare marketing focuses on the essentials of marketing management and understanding the needs of the customer. The role of financial management healthcare service organizations is explored. The impact of federal, state and other sources of policy and law are analyzed as they impact HSO. Related concepts theories, and current issues to HSO, economics, and professional nursing are examined in light of their implications for nursing administration, practice and the profession.

NURS 5020 – Population Based Health Care
This course focuses on health promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations. Students will use principles of epidemiology and public health to critically analyze needs and plan care for selected diverse individuals, families, target population, and communities. Students will explore global elements of health and health care provision, with emphasis on culturally sensitive care. Practice in collaboration with multicultural staff will be key.

NURS 5430 – Strategic Nursing Management
Serves as a foundation for the healthcare manager shaping change across the continuum of care. Builds upon the knowledge base, tools, and abilities essential to function as an effective nurse administrator in a variety of healthcare systems. Students will synthesize management skills related to systems analysis, human resource/outcomes management, financial management/cost analysis/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 as it relates to developing a business plan, analyzing a financial plan or managing a human resource issue in an organization setting tailored to meet individual student objectives and learning needs. Organization setting may include acute care agencies, community settings, not-for-profit 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 totals 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 clinical 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 across health care systems 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 dissemination. The project will be presented in both written and oral formats.

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