Nursing Administration

A nurse administrator is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced nursing education. Nurse administrators have a wide scope of responsibility, including management of human and financial resources, strategic planning, and policy development. Their goal is to facilitate and deliver quality patient care while coordinating actions in the workplace and managing and leading a team of health care workers and professionals. Nurses drawn to this specialty want to be leaders in health care and often seek to aspire to executive and policy making positions.

Nursing Administration

Career Overview

Nurse administrators are strategic leaders. They work interprofessionally with other health care disciplines, both internal and external to the organization, to assure quality patient care and improve work environments. Most often nurse administrators work in a hospital setting, but can work in many other health care agencies and organizations.

Practicum Hours

A minimum of 504 clinical practicum hours will be completed in the Nursing Administration specialty in a variety of health care organizations. These clinical practicum hours are separate from the DNP practicum hours, which are specific to the DNP project. Experienced nurse administrators will serve as preceptors and work one-on-one to guide students through their nursing administration practicum experiences.

Prior Experience

A minimum of one year of nursing practice is recommended for program admission. If students do not have a year of clinical experience, they may enter the program on a part-time basis and begin taking didactic courses while gaining valuable experience as a working RN.

This program may also appeal to baccalaureate-prepared nurses with MBA or MHA degrees. Advanced standing may apply for previous coursework. 

Program of Study

The program can be completed on a full-time basis and is offered in a hybrid format with periodic meetings on campus. Full-time students can complete the program in eight semesters. A part-time option is available for students who would like to complete the program over a longer period of time. Part-time schemas will be developed by Nursing Administration specialty coordinator.

The program requires students to attend block week onsite each semester.

Proposed Full-Time Semester Schema

Please note schemas are subject to change.

Spring Semester 1
Summer Semester 1
Fall Semester 1

NURS 8002
Theoretical Basis of Clinical Reasoning
3 credits

NDNP 9004
Biostatistics for EBP
3 credits

NDNP 9001
Informatics for DNP Practice
2 credits

NDNP 9010
Healthcare Policy for Doctoral Prepared Nurse
3 credits

NDNP 8002
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN
3 credits

ANNA 8002
Nursing Admin Seminar
3 credits

NDNP 9006
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
4 credits

NURS 8014
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare
3 credits

ANNA 8010
Health Planning and Analysis
3 credits

Total: 8 credits
Total: 9 credits Total: 10 credits
Spring Semester 2
Summer Semester 2
Fall Semester 2

ANNA 8004
Organizing and Managing Health Care Organizations
3 credits

NDNP 9015
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
3 credits

NURS 8012
Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
3 credits

ANNA 8020
Nursing Administration Practicum I: Applied Leadership
3 credits

NDNP 9030
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs and Projects
4 credits

NDNP 8010
Finance and Economics of Health Care
3 credits

NDNP 9025
DNP Practicum I
3 credits

NURS 8010
Human Resource Managment in Health Care Organizations
3 credits

ANNA 8022
Nursing Admin Practicum II: Resource Management
3 credits

NDNP 9035
DNP Practicum 2
3 credits

3 credits

Total: 9 credits Total: 11 credits Total: 12 credits
Spring Semester 3
Summer Semester 3

NDNP 9038
DNP practicum 3
3 credits

ANNA 8024
Nursing Admin Practicum III: System Effectiveness
3 credits

ANNA 8006
Strategic Leadership & Management in Nursing Administration
3 credits

NDNP 9040
DNP Capstone
2 credits

NDNP 9042
Capstone Writing Seminar
3 credits

3 credits

Total: 9 credits Total: 8 credits
Total credits: 76 credits


For More Information

Click here to receive more information or to register for an interest session.

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.

Program Coordinator: Denise Gormley at or (513) 558-5101.