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MSN in Operational Leadership

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With an expanding and more diversified health care landscape, there is a growing demand for adaptive nurse leaders who can coordinate the efficient delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care. Quinnipiac’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Operational Leadership gives capable nurses the background and tools necessary to step into leadership roles and elevate the standards of patient safety and care.


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 (online)

Course Listing
HM 600Foundations of Health Care Management3
NUR 500Biostatistics1
NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health2
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems2
NUR 538Applying Data to Practice1
NUR 540Educational Principles for the Health Care Professional3
NUR 542Introduction to Health Care Finance2
NUR 543Capstone3
NUR 544Introduction to Informatics3
NUR 688Human Factors and Patient Safety3
OL 601Foundations of Organizational Behavior and Leadership3
OL 630Performance Management and HR Analytics3
Total Credits29

Curriculum Note:

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. 

Program Outcomes

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:

  1. Incorporate knowledge from the sciences and humanities for improvement of health care across diverse settings.
  2. Demonstrate leadership abilities encompassing ethical and critical decision-making that embraces a systems perspective.
  3. Apply appropriate measurement and analysis methods related to organizational quality and safety.
  4. Apply evidence-based findings to resolve practice problems, and serve as a catalyst for change.
  5. Use informatics and health care technology to integrate and coordinate care.
  6. Participate in policy development and advocacy strategies at the system level to influence health and health care.
  7. Collaborate effectively on interprofessional teams to improve health outcomes.
  8. Integrate principles of clinical and population health into care delivery and management.