Health Care Leadership

Lead change, promote health, and improve care for multiple populations with our Master of Science in Nursing Health Care Leadership. Become a versatile nursing leader who can guide interprofessional teams in diverse health care environments.

This program is fully aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. Coursework builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in a BSN Nursing Degree, providing seamless progression to achieving the competencies required for advanced nursing positions.

Available fully online with select blended courses, this nine-course (30 credit) program is designed to accommodate the schedule of a busy, working nurse. It offers you the opportunity to maximize your existing nursing expertise, apply what you learn on-the-job, and connect your studies to your professional goals, empowering you to make a difference as an innovative nursing leader.

Degree Program Details

An overview of what we offer, what you’ll learn, and how to get started.

30 credits

Required Courses

  • Translating and Integrating Research into Nursing Practice
  • Maximizing Your Organization’s Potential
  • Advocacy and Health Policy
  • Health Care Finance
  • Health Care Technology and Informatics
  • Health Care Quality and Safety
  • Interprofessional Collaboration for Population Health
  • Integrative Clinical Capstone for Nursing Leaders

Elective Options

  • Cultivating your Leadership Capabilities
  • Leading Teams
  • Building Diverse and Multicultural Organizations

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Students will:

  • Integrate the practice of nursing with sciences and humanities to assess the unique needs of a diverse population and design, implement, and evaluate a plan to impact the outcomes of nursing care within the population
  • Apply leadership competencies in the provision of safe, high quality, and cost effective care to individuals, populations, or communities within the health care system
  • Analyze information from health care information systems related to quality initiatives that promote improved quality, cost, safety, and health care outcomes
  • Communicate research and practice outcomes to advance clinical practice
  • Demonstrate competence in the analysis of current and emerging technologies that impact health care outcomes
  • Advocate for policy change that leads to improved population health outcomes or the improvement of the quality of the health care system
  • Demonstrate caring, culturally responsive leadership through effective written and verbal communication, capable of effectively leading interprofessional teams
  • Lead and advocate for culturally competent and ethical care that promotes health and improvement of health among individuals, populations, or communities
  • Regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  • This master’s degree program in nursing is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
  • Available fully online with select blended or hybrid courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report for our online graduate business degrees.
  • Career counseling is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts that share their real-world expertise to help you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, offering the opportunity to begin studies at Granite State College at any term during the year. Our admission criteria includes:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with a 3.0 GPA average for the last 60 credit hours, or a 3.0 GPA at the graduate level, from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Registered Nurse (RN) license
  • 500-1,000 word statement which includes professional goals and aspirations, motivation for applying for the degree, and relevant formal or informal experiences
  • Two signed letters of professional or academic reference and/ or two completed recommendation forms
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts for all previous college work
  • Completed application form
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Career Outlook

With many current nurses reaching retirement age, a widespread shortage is on the horizon. This will create opportunities for emerging leaders in nursing. As health care systems become more complex, those who can combine their nursing expertise with strong leadership skills can help direct outcomes and influence change within their organization to improve quality of care for patients.