Advance your nursing career and answer the call to leadership
The MSN in Operational Leadership prepares the next wave of adaptive nurse leaders to drive improvements in quality care in the present and the future. The program delves deep into the organizational dynamics that influence today’s health care system, teaching students the skills they need to make efficient decisions in any environment.
Course work goes beyond the point of care to cover the overarching pillars of quality health care. Students explore the foundations of health care management, organizational leadership and performance management, while gaining hands-on experience through independent field work. Course work may be completed online in our flexible digital classroom, allowing students the space to study around their work schedules.
About Online Learning
Flexible scheduling meets world-class education
Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.
Curriculum and Requirements
MSN in Operational Leadership Program (online)
MSN: Operational Leadership Program
|OL 630||Performance Management||3|
|HM 600||Foundations of Health Care Management||3|
|NUR 514||Epidemiology and Population Health||3|
|NUR 516||Health Policy and Organizational Systems||2|
|NUR 540||Educational Principles for the Health Care Professional||3|
|NUR 541||Informatics Fieldwork Experience||1|
|NUR 542||Introduction to Health Care Finance||1|
|NUR 544||Introduction to Informatics||3|
|NUR 613||Nursing Leadership Seminar: Applying Data to Practice||1|
|NUR 688||Human Factors and Patient Safety||3|
|OL 601||Foundations of Organizational Leadership||3|
The semester-by-semester Learning Pathway for this program is available in the School of Nursing.
The curriculum for this program is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines.
Additional course details
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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The bachelor’s degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the doctor of nursing practice program at Quinnipiac University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-887-6791.
An applicant to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Operational Leadership program must be a registered nurse and have a bachelor's degree. The ideal candidate will have earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Please note that admission is competitive and meeting the minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission into the program.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are evaluated once all materials are received by Quinnipiac. Classes begin in August for the fall semester. Students are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.
A complete application consists of the following:
- Completed application form
- $45 application fee
- Updated resume or curriculum vitae
- Personal statement
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Proof of an active registered nurse (RN) license
- Two professional or academic letters of recommendation
- Completed background check: All accepted students will be required to complete a background check and drug screen following acceptance and before the start of classes. Acceptances are conditional prior to satisfactory completion of both.
Graduates of the MSN program are prepared for higher level professional practice and leadership roles in a variety of health care settings, as well as advanced study at the doctoral level.
Specifically, graduates will be able to:
- Incorporate knowledge from the sciences and humanities for improvement of health care across diverse settings.
- Demonstrate leadership abilities encompassing ethical and critical decision-making that embraces a systems perspective.
- Apply appropriate measurement and analysis methods related to organizational quality and safety.
- Apply evidence-based findings to resolve practice problems, and serve as a catalyst for change.
- Use informatics and health care technology to integrate and coordinate care.
- Participate in policy development and advocacy strategies at the system level to influence health and health care.
- Collaborate effectively on interprofessional teams to improve health outcomes.
- Integrate principles of clinical and population health into care delivery and management.