Nursing Administration

The Nursing Administration program prepares nurses 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.

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.

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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.

Full-Time Schema

Fall Semester 1  Spring Semester 1
Summer Semester 1

NDNP 8002 (3 Credits)
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for EBP

NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)
Informatics for DNP Practice

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

NDNP 9005 (2 Credits)
Doctoral Writing Elective

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare

NDNP 8010 (3 Credits)
Finance and Economics of Healthcare

ANNA 8002 (3 Credits)
Nursing Administration Seminar

Total: 8 Credits
Total: 8 Credits
Total: 9 Credits
Fall Semester 2
Spring Semester 2
Summer Semester 2

ANNA 8010 (3 Credits)
Health Planning and Analysis

NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
Essentials of Research Methods for EBP

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Healthcare Policy for the Doctorally Prepared Nurse

ANNA 8020 (3 Credits)
Nursing Administration Practicum I: Applied Leadership

NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs & Projects

NURS 8012 (3 Credits)
Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

NURS 8010 (3 Credits)
Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations

ANNA 8022 (3 Credits)
Nursing Administration Practicul II: Resource Management

ANNA 8004 (4 Credits)
Organizing and Managing Health Care Organizations

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum I

Total: 10 Credits
Total: 10 Credits
Total: 13 Credits
Fall Semester 3 Spring Semester 3

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum II

ANNA 8024 (3 Credits)
Nursing Administration Practicum III: Systems Effectiveness

ANNA 8006 (3 Credits)
Strategic Leadership and Management in Nursing Administration

NDNP 9038 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum III

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Leadership Seminar

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)

DNP Writing Seminar

Total: 9 Credits
Total: 8 Credits
Total Credits: 75 in 8 Semesters


If you have specific questions about the program, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or