Nurse Administrator

Overview

The Nurse Administrator program will prepare you to provide leadership and management in many different areas of nursing and in different types of health care agencies.  Opportunities range from acute care (hospitals) to home care agencies to primary care clinics, public health, schools and even insurance companies.  As healthcare moves from an illness based focus to a wellness based one, new opportunities for nursing leadership are identified on a regular basis.  With a degree in nursing administration you are prepared to move beyond the bedside into areas where collaboration and engagement with interdisciplinary teams, and leading teams through successful change projects becomes part of your skill set.  Business practices such as budgeting, hiring and evaluating are part of the curriculum.  Quality Improvement and Patient Safety are also key topics. Roles, responsibilities, and titles for the Nurse Administrator will depend on the setting with positions ranging from supervisor, manager, director, executive, and leader, including the Chief Nurse Executive.  This program will also prepare you to continue your professional development towards certification or doctoral study since Nurse Executives are encouraged to seek educational preparation at the doctoral level to enhance their roles and contributions to improving health care outcomes and systems.

Our graduate programs are designed for working nurses.  You will complete courses online in an asynchronous format.  Clinical hours in the program are focused on acquiring the Nurse Administrator competencies congruent with the leadership/management setting of your choice.  You will gain experience in administration by completing a minimum of 288 hours in a clinical setting under the supervision of a qualified master’s-prepared Nurse Administrator preceptor.

After experience in particular leadership roles, program graduates are eligible to sit for certification exams for:

American Nurses Credentialing Center

  1. Nurse Executive. Eligibility Criteria: hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or hold the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country; hold a bachelor's or higher degree in nursing; have held a mid-level administrative or higher position (e.g., nurse manager, supervisor, director, assistant director) OR a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration OR a nursing management or executive consultation position full-time for at least 24 months (or the equivalent) in the last 5 years; have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last 3 years. This requirement is waived if you have a master's degree in nursing administration.
  2. Nurse Executive, Advanced. Eligibility Criteria: hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or hold the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country; Hold a master's or higher degree in nursing, or hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's in another field; have held an administrative position at the nurse executive level, or a faculty position teaching graduate students executive-level nursing administration full-time for at least 24 months (or the equivalent) in the last 5 years; have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last 3 years. This requirement is waived if you hold a master's degree in nursing administration.

Source:  American Nurses Credentialing Center

http://nursecredentialing.org/NurseExecutive

 

American Organization of Nurse Executives

  1. Certified Nurse Manager and Leader.  Eligibility Criteria: a candidate must meet the target practitioner definition and fulfill one of the following requirements for education/work experience; a valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse, and a baccalaureate in nursing degree or higher plus 2080 hours of experience in a nurse manager role; OR a valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse, and a non-nursing baccalaureate degree plus 3120 hours years of experience in a nurse manager role; OR a valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse; and a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing plus 5200 hours of experience as a nurse manager.

 

Source: American Organization of Nurse Executives

http://www.aone.org/docs/certification/cnml-handbook.pdf [PDF]

Curriculum Plan (Click here for plan)

Curriculum

Core MSN Courses (15 units):

MSN 502 Advanced Nursing Roles

MSN 513 Healthcare Policy and Economics

MSN 514 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

MSN 530 Research Utilization in Advanced Nursing Practice

MSN 531 Nursing Ethics

 

Nurse Administrator Elective Course (3 units):

MSN 555 Quality Improvement in Health Care

Note: Course is only offered Fall Term.

 

Nurse Administrator Courses (12 units):  

MSN 532 Nurse Administrator: Societal Institutions

MSN 538 Nurse Administrator: Resource Management

MSN 560 Nurse Administrator Role Performance I (144 clinical hours)

MSN 570 Nurse Administrator Role Performance II (144 clinical hours)

Full course descriptions are presented in the University Catalog available online. http://www4.csudh.edu/university-catalog/

Plan of Study

A part-time plan of study is presented because students are typically working full-time. It is possible to accelerate the plan for the MSN Core, and Elective course; however, the Nurse Administrator Role courses are sequenced and must progress over 2 semesters.  http://www4.csudh.edu/Assets/CSUDH-Sites/SON/docs/rn-bsn/msn/requirements/curriculum-nurse-admin.pdf

Fall Admission

Year

Fall Term

Spring Term

1

MSN 502, plus one other core course

2 core courses

2

1 core and MSN 555

Nurse Administrator Role:

MSN 532 & 560; Apply for graduation

3

Nurse Administrator Role:

MSN 538 & 570; MSN Culminating Activity

 

 

Spring Admission

Year

Spring Term

Fall Term

1

MSN 502 plus one other core course

1 core course and MSN 555

2

2 core courses

Nurse Administrator Role:

MSN 532 & 560; Apply for graduation

3

Nurse Administrator Role:

MSN 538 & 570; MSN Culminating Activity

 

Costs of Attendance

Graduate student fees vary based on 0-6 units or more than 6 units and there is an additional fee for out-of-state residents.  Summary information is provided here: www4.csudh.edu/admissions/costs/ and more detail is available on the Student Financial Services webpage.

 

Admission Requirements

Registered Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree program with a NLNAC- or CCNE- accredited upper division major in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the School of Nursing.  See below for information on foreign degrees.
  2. Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) or higher in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of upper division course work attempted. Students not meeting this grade point average requirement may be admitted to Conditionally Classified status on the recommendation of the faculty.
  3. Registered nurse licensure in the United States, unencumbered, unrestricted, with no disciplinary action pending or imposed.
  4. Completion of the following prerequisites:
    1. Statistics - including probability and inferential
    2. Research - introductory course or equivalent
    3. Pathophysiology
    4. Health Assessment - basic course, including a skills lab.
  5. Submission of a professional resume and a letter of intent describing how the role option you are applying for fits your career plans for the future and discuss your ability to learn online (maximum 350 words).
  6. Residence in a state in which the School of Nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills is permitted to deliver online education.

As a result of the Department of Education regulations for higher education and state education laws, the School of Nursing cannot deliver online education in all states. If you are an out-of-state resident or anticipate a move during your academic program, please contact the School of Nursing prior to submitting an application to discuss your situation.

Application Information & Time Frame

1. Submit the University Online Application via CSUmentor.edu during the time frames provided below.

2. Submit transcripts to Admissions and Records before the document deadline.

3. Submit your resume and letter of intent in hard copy to the School of Nursing, 1000 E. Victoria St. Carson, CA  90747

SemesterApplication OpensApplication DeadlineDocument Deadline
Spring 2018August 1, 2017November 1, 2017November 15, 2017
    

Registered Nurses with a Non-Nursing Bachelor degree

Registered nurses who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in another field may be eligible for our MSN Pathway Program upon completion of designated BSN courses. Prospective MSN Pathway students must participate in a workshop to have transcripts evaluated.

Foreign degrees

If the Baccalaureate degree was completed outside of the United States:

  • Official academic records and diploma/certificate must be sent from the institution attended.
  • If official records are not in English, certified English translations of all documents must also be submitted. Translations must be word-for-word (i.e. literal) translations
  • English Proficiency must be established by exam
    • TOEFL minimum scores: 550 paper, 80 internet, 213 computer
    • IELTS minimum score 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English Academic minimum score 53

A waiver may be requested if 3 years full-time equivalent instruction at the secondary level or higher was received at a school where English was the principal language of instruction.