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MSN in Operational Leadership

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Introduction

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.

Overview

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.

Completion of the program enables graduates to significantly expand their current roles as nurse leaders. It also positions them for careers as care coordinators and teachers. RNs who currently have an associate’s degree and are interested in pursuing these positions also are encouraged to apply for our online RN to MSN in Operational Leadership program. The RN to MSN allows students to complete both their BSN and MSN in as little as two years.

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)

Nursing Major Requirements

HM 600Foundations of Health Care Management3
NUR 380Health Promotion and Wellness3
NUR 382Nursing Science and Information Literacy3
NUR 410Integrative Health and Healing3
NUR 475Research and Evidence-Based Practice Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 477Community and Public Health Nursing Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 478Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice2
NUR 479Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 480Interprofessional Practice and Quality Improvement3
NUR 484Community and Public Health Nursing3
NUR 486Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Practice3
NUR 492Special Topics in Health Care2
NUR 500Biostatistics1
NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems2
NUR 540Educational Principles for the Health Care Professional3
NUR 541Informatics Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 542Introduction to Health Care Finance1
NUR 543Capstone3
NUR 544Introduction to Informatics3
NUR 602Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing1
NUR 613Nursing Leadership Seminar: Applying Data to Practice1
NUR 688Human Factors and Patient Safety3
OL 601Foundations of Organizational Leadership3
OL 630Performance Management3
Total Credits56

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.

Nursing Major Requirements

HM 600Foundations of Health Care Management3
NUR 380Health Promotion and Wellness3
NUR 382Nursing Science and Information Literacy3
NUR 410Integrative Health and Healing3
NUR 475Research and Evidence-Based Practice Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 477Community and Public Health Nursing Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 478Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice2
NUR 479Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 480Interprofessional Practice and Quality Improvement3
NUR 484Community and Public Health Nursing3
NUR 486Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Practice3
NUR 492Special Topics in Health Care2
NUR 500Biostatistics1
NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems2
NUR 540Educational Principles for the Health Care Professional3
NUR 541Informatics Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 542Introduction to Health Care Finance1
NUR 543Capstone3
NUR 544Introduction to Informatics3
NUR 602Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing1
NUR 613Nursing Leadership Seminar: Applying Data to Practice1
NUR 688Human Factors and Patient Safety3
OL 601Foundations of Organizational Leadership3
OL 630Performance Management3
Total Credits56

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.

Course Listing

MSN: Operational Leadership Program

OL 630Performance Management3
HM 600Foundations of Health Care Management3
NUR 500Biostatistics1
NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems2
NUR 540Educational Principles for the Health Care Professional3
NUR 541Informatics Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 542Introduction to Health Care Finance1
NUR 543Capstone3
NUR 544Introduction to Informatics3
NUR 613Nursing Leadership Seminar: Applying Data to Practice1
NUR 688Human Factors and Patient Safety3
OL 601Foundations of Organizational Leadership3
Total Credits30

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.

Accreditation

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.