Master of Science in Nursing

Executive Leadership (EL) Track

The Executive Leadership option is designed to prepare nurses for administrative roles in nursing and health care settings. The EL track provides the knowledge and skills for roles as nurse managers, directors and other leadership roles across settings. Upon completion of the EL track, the graduate will have the academic qualifications for certification as a nurse executive. Certification examinations given by either the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) or the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Credentialing Center require appropriate employment experience to be eligible to take the certification exams.

In addition to the 18 credit hours of core, students complete 17 credit hours in specialty courses that provide the foundation administrative role functions. Students complete 450 practicum hours in this specialty track.

Program of Study for the Executive Leadership Track

I. Core Courses (17-18 credit hours)

II. Specialty Courses (17 credit hours) For Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2016

 II. Specialty Courses (17 credit hours) For Students Admitted Fall 2016 and later