Master of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Administration and Leadership

The Master of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Administration and Leadership is designed for BSN-prepared registered nurses who are looking to advance their careers and move into early- to mid-level management and leadership roles in myriad healthcare settings. The program provides values-based education to develop nursing leaders who are effective collaborators, motivated by a spirit of commitment to the profession, and have a genuine compassion for others. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and manage healthcare teams in organizations, functioning in areas such as operations management, project management, and healthcare consulting.

The program includes graduate nursing core courses focused on a critical analysis of nursing and healthcare research and theory, bioethics, healthcare policy, and the integration of spirituality in health care. Interdisciplinary administration and leadership coursework is offered through the School of Nursing and APU’s School of Business and Management. Content includes leadership styles and theories, strategic planning, quality improvement and patient safety, change management, effective communication and conflict resolution skills, staffing challenges and constraints, financial management, and healthcare informatics. Students apply their knowledge and develop competencies in healthcare settings during practicum experiences. Upon completion of this program, students will have had the educational content required to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Organization of Nurse Executives nurse leadership examinations.

GNRS 504Bioethics and Health Care Policy 33
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 543Transitions Across the Care Continuum (2 x 2 Units)4
GNRS 597Comprehensive Examination Directed Study1
GNRS 613Graduate Statistics3
MGMT 516High Performance People Management3
MGMT 517Managing Human Capital3
GNRS 508B Research and Theory in Healthcare 1, 2, 34
GNRS 560 Strategic Leadership in Healthcare 23
GNRS 567 Healthcare Administration and Leadership Supervised Practicum 23
GNRS 568 Healthcare Finance 24
GNRS 596 Foundations of Healthcare Informatics 23
Total Units37

GNRS 613 is a prerequisite for GNRS 508B.


At the time of catalog publication, final approval of this course was in process. 


If these courses are taken to fulfill the ELM pre-licensure requirements, the units must be fulfilled using other GNRS electives.