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.
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.
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.
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
|Total: 8 credits
||Total: 9 credits||Total: 10 credits|
|Spring Semester 2
||Summer Semester 2
||Fall Semester 2
|Total: 9 credits||Total: 11 credits||Total: 12 credits|
|Spring Semester 3
||Summer Semester 3
|Total: 9 credits||Total: 8 credits
|Total credits: 76 credits