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Leadership and Management
Prepare to Be a Leader in Healthcare

Respond to the needs of our 21st-century healthcare system as you expand your knowledge to encompass a wide range of leadership and management tasks as a nurse. By earning a master of science in nursing degree with a concentration in leadership and management, you’ll build on your direct care and team experience to develop the skills you need for human resources, communication, strategic assessment, quality initiatives, budgeting, safety and risk management, and more. Prepare to advance your career at a hospital or clinic, as a school or public health nurse, or to become a leader in any other patient care scenario.

Why Choose North Park

Why North Park?

North Park University’s School of Nursing offers you the expert instruction and strategic partnerships with hospitals and clinics that will help you advance your career and become a leader in the nursing field. You’ll have the chance to step outside your daily nursing practice and gain valuable experience as you broaden your understanding and skills for a wide range of responsibilities and roles. Our practitioner faculty is dedicated to your success; small class sizes and in-person instruction allow you to build relationships with your instructors as they partner with you to meet your educational and career goals.

In-Person Classes

Learn from experienced leaders in the nursing field in face-to-face classes. Lively class discussions will address some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare today, with valuable insight from your professors and your classmates who are also working in clinical settings throughout Chicagoland. You’ll work one-on-one with your professors to develop the skills you need, and build relationships with classmates that will last beyond your master’s program.

Convenient Scheduling Options

Continue your education with classes in the evenings, offered at our main campus in Chicago and in select hospital locations around the city and suburbs. You’ll be able to continue working in your current role, drawing valuable connections between your classroom and practicum experiences and your nursing practice.

Where Our Alumni Work

Graduates from our MS in nursing program with a concentration in leadership and management hold positions that include nursing shift manager, assistant unit manager, clinical specialist, nurse manager, nurse educator, and clinical preceptor for new nursing students at healthcare providers across Chicagoland. Recent alumni work in areas that include:

  • Operating room at Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • Risk management at Advocate Condell Medical Center
  • Pediatric intensive care at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
  • Surgical intensive care at Rush University Medical Center
  • Interventional radiology at Loyola University Medical Center
  • Nurse management at Glenbrook Hospital

Meet the Faculty

As the coordinator for the master's-level leadership and management concentration, Dr. Sandra Gaynor helps nurses find their places as leaders in the fast-paced world of healthcare.

Learn more about Dr. Gaynor and the nursing faculty.

Sandra Gaynor
Leadership & Management Classes

This program includes specialty coursework and practicums that include:

Learn more about the courses and requirements for this degree.

Pairing Theory with Practice

Along with core advanced nursing theory courses, you’ll complete a capstone course and leadership practicum project that will allow you to practice your assessment, program development, and implementation skills in a clinical setting. Working with a preceptor at a Chicago-area hospital or clinic, you’ll devise a project that not only meets your interests and learning needs, but provides value and meets a need for that institution.

Tuition and Scholarships

The School of Nursing offers a straightforward and competitive tuition pricing system, with minimal additional fees. In addition, discounts are given to nurses working at some partner hospitals and we’ll work with you to help you take advantage of any employer reimbursement programs you may be eligible for. Learn more.

Dual-Master's Degrees

In conjunction with the School of Business and Nonprofit Management, the School of Nursing offers you the option to complete an MBA, MM, or MNA degree alongside your master’s in nursing in the leadership and management concentration. This second master’s degree requires just 24 additional graduate-level credits, many of which may be completed online.