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M.S. in Nursing: Leadership in Health Care Systems: Management Focus

Degree Overview

If you’re already a RN with a bachelor's degree, Regis University offers an innovative online and on campus Master of Science in Nursing program designed specifically for working professionals looking to enrich their experience and education with a focus in either education or management.

The Management focus for a Master’s Degree in Nursing includes courses in advanced management principles and practice, financial management and informatics as well as evidence based research, teaching and learning strategies in healthcare, and hands on practicum and service learning experiences. You will complete two practicum experiences which total 210 hours designed to consolidate skills and apply principles in a management environment, working directly with a nursing manager.

Degree: Graduates are awarded the Master of Science, Nursing with a focus in management.

Certifications: Degree prepares students to sit for the American Organization of Nursing Executive (AONE) Nurse Executive certification exam, and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive and Nurse Executive Advanced certification exam.

Online Option:  Flexible format allows you to log in anytime, day or night as you complete assignments. The majority of classes are offered in 8-week terms allowing you to progress and focus on one or two classes at a time. No campus visits are required for online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person!

Campus Option: Classes meet one evening per week from 5:00PM – 9:00PM allowing you to progress toward your MS in Nursing while continuing to work.

Start Dates: Spring (January), Summer (May), Fall (August)

Application Deadline:  Our Graduate Degree in Nursing program has a rolling admission deadline; we accept applications up to the start date of the program. Course size is limited, so it is best to submit applications sooner than later.

Length of Program: The program is seven semesters of full-time study completed in 2.5 years.

Next Step:  Call (303.458.4344) or email and we’ll answer your questions, and walk you through your next step to get started.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing, Leadership in Health Care Systems, Management focus program at Regis University. The total degree requires 39 semester hours.

Master of Science in Nursing Major Requirements
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks (3 semester hours)
NR 602 Adv. Apps. of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy (3 semester hours)
NR 609 Population Health and Interprofessional Collaboration (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 620 Health Care Organizations and Systems Leadership (3 semester hours)
NR 646 Teaching and Learning Strategies in Health Care (3 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation (0 semester hours)
Management Focus Requirements
NR 615 Advanced Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 603 Informatics (3 semester hours)
NR 621 Advanced Management Principles and Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 623E Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum (3 semester hours)
Graduate Elective Select Elective Options (3 semester hours)

Students interested in both the Education and Management focus areas can complete a dual focus by first completing the M.S. in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems, Management focus listed above, and then the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Education.

A thesis option is available for classroom-based students. Students electing the thesis option complete an additional three semester hours (42 semester hours total) for this degree.

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing leadership and nurse practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate at Regis University-Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $620
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

All campus based nursing students are required to have a laptop for access to web based content during class. This includes all MS, Nursing Leadership campus-based students. Please see FAQs for laptop hardware and software requirements.

Online MS, in Nursing Leadership students can review our system requirements for online courses here.

FAQ

General Questions

What is the application deadline?
Regis University's MS in Nursing program has a rolling admission deadline; we accept applications up to the start date of the program but recommend applying sooner than later. The program starts three times a year in Spring (early January), Summer (May) and  Fall (late August).

What are the prerequisites for the program?
There are no prerequisites to begin the online nursing curriculum, however, applicants must have completed a statistics course with a grade of C or better prior to enrolling in NR 602 - Research in Nursing. If statistics was not part of a qualified applicants BSN curriculum, there is potential for acceptance pending completion of statistics with a grade of C or better prior to enrolling in NR 602 - Research in Nursing

How long do I have to complete my degree?
Students have a total of 5 years to complete all degree requirements.

How long does it typically take to complete the program?
The program is seven semesters of full-time study completed in 2.5 years.  Students are encouraged to complete the program in the designed timeframe, although variations in schedule can be made as needed. We know life happens. 

When do the classes meet?
If you choose to complete the program on campus, courses meet one evening per week, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Online students have the flexibility to complete weekly assignments asynchronously (i.e., no pre-determined login times).

Will I have an Academic Advisor?
Yes, once you start class you will be assigned an Academic Advisor. Your assigned advisor will work with you throughout the entire program and will be available via email and phone. Their primary role is to help you with course sequencing, to ensure you are meeting all degree requirements, to answer general questions and provide support.

Can I take more than one class in an 8-week term?
New students are only allowed to take one course during their first 8-week term. If a grade of A- or better is earned in this course, students are allowed to register for additional courses during the following terms if they desire.

Frequently Asked Questions - Campus-Based Students

Are students required to have laptops for the MS, Nursing Leadership campus-based program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students, including the MS, Nursing Leadership campus-based students, are required to bring a laptop to class.

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:

HARDWARE
  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-Fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 1o.5.8 or higher
  • Required memory: minimum 1GB
  • Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
  • Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher

  • SOFTWARE
  • MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Online Students

    Do I have to be online at a certain time each day/week?
    You are not held to any specific online class times throughout the day or week. As long as you are completing your assignments by the assigned due date, you can log in at a time that is best for you.

    How do I hand in assignments, submit tests and receive feedback?
    Assignments and tests in online courses are submitted electronically (as e-mail attachments) and may be posted on the site. The faculty member or the syllabus generally specifies how a given assignment or test is to be submitted; the goals of the course usually dictate the most appropriate method. Assignments often are submitted as discussion postings. The faculty member's feedback is typically given in an individual e-mail or through written comments to the student. This varies from one course to another.

    Am I required to visit campus?
    While campus visits are not required, students are welcome to visit our beautiful campus in Denver, CO.

    Can I attend commencement?
    We welcome and encourage all online students to participate in the commencement ceremony upon completion of graduation requirements.

    What if I take time off (vacation, summer)?
    You are encouraged to take a class each eight-week term, but we also understand that many students are busy adults who need to take time away from classes. It's important that you speak with your online academic advisor to let them know your plans.

    How do I purchase textbooks?
    Textbooks can be purchased through the Regis online bookstore and are mailed directly to you. The bookstore can be accessed by visiting www.regis.edu/bookstore

    What if I have computer related issues, is there someone available to help?
    Yes, our Information Technology Services Department (ITS) help center is open
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM MST and Saturday - Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM MST.

    I am a College Network customer; do I have to complete all of my study guides and tests prior to starting the nursing classes?
    No, in fact, we recommend that you start an online nursing class as soon as possible. The reason being, if you are like the majority of our MS in Nursing students it's been a while since you've been in school. Starting back with a structured online course where you will have the support of classmates and an instructor can be very helpful. Having weekly assignments, a set syllabus and essentially being 'forced' to keep up makes a huge difference in re-establishing study habits and developing a routine for going back to school. The unstructured and self study nature of the TCN study guides (CLM's) can sometimes make getting back into the school mind set a little more difficult. We see that many our students have a much easier time completing the CLM's once they taken a few online courses and established the balance of going back to school.

    How to Apply

    Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today. Your first step is to create an account, a simple and quick form to get you started.

    Get detailed application instructions.

    Take your next step and attend an information session or webinar.

    You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.

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