ELM-MSN: Healthcare Administration and Leadership

APU’s Entry-Level Master’s in Nursing (ELM) program is designed for students who hold baccalaureate or higher degrees in other disciplines but want to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.

The entry-level master’s option in healthcare administration and leadership prepares nurses for early to mid-level management and leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings. Students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and manage a team of healthcare providers in organizations, functioning in areas such as operations management, project management, and healthcare consulting. The program emphasizes competencies needed for graduates to apply for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) nursing leadership certification exams.

Contact the School of Nursing for specific program availability and locations. Prelicensure coursework must be completed prior to beginning Healthcare Administration and Leadership coursework. Students must have the equivalent of one year of RN clinical experience prior to enrollment in GNRS 567 Healthcare Administration and Leadership Supervised Practicum.


Academic Core Courses13
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 613Graduate Statistics3
GNRS and/or GSPH XXX Electives7
Healthcare Administration and Leadership Courses23
GNRS 543Transitions Across the Care Continuum 14 (2/2)
MGMT 516High-Performance People Management3
MGMT 517Managing Human Capital3
GNRS 560Strategic Leadership in Health Care3
GNRS 567Healthcare Administration and Leadership Supervised Practicum3 (0/3)
GNRS 568Healthcare Finance4
GNRS 596Foundations of Healthcare Informatics3
Concluding Course1
GNRS 597Comprehensive Examination Directed Study1
Total Units37


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Articulate a Christian worldview, demonstrating respect for the dignity and uniqueness of others, valuing diversity, and applying spiritual concepts.
  2. Engage in scholarly inquiry and critical thinking, including evaluation and application of evidence-based research.
  3. Appraise and apply knowledge to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that promote health and prevent disease.
  4. Demonstrate thoughtful analysis of the legal, political, ethical, and/or financial factors impacting health care.
  5. Use information systems and other technology to communicate, manage knowledge, promote quality, mitigate error, and support decision making.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to coordinate and collaborate with other healthcare team professionals.
  7. Engage in clinical reasoning and effective communication, and act as a change agent to develop professional identity and practice skill.