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RN to MSN in Operational Leadership (online)

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As the role of nurses in health care continues to grow, so does the demand for dynamic leaders who can manage the delivery of high-quality care at both an operational and point-of-care level. Quinnipiac’s flexible online RN to MSN program prepares working nurses to meet this crucial need, positioning them for leadership roles in a range of clinical settings.


Preparing front line and systemic leaders in modern nursing

Quinnipiac’s online RN to MSN in Operational Leadership is perfect for working nurses seeking to grow as leaders within today’s ever-changing health care system. Our curriculum emphasizes leadership at both the point of care and at a higher organizational level, and builds the in-demand skills needed to thrive in each setting. The highly flexible program also enables practicing nurses to complete their degree entirely online with convenient and relevant fieldwork opportunities.

The first part of the program emphasizes the advanced nursing skills needed to improve the overall patient experience at the point of care through an exploration of research and evidence-based practices. Students who successfully complete this course work receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and proceed directly into graduate-level work.

The MSN course work focuses on health care management and organizational dynamics to prepare nurse leaders with the necessary qualities to succeed as educators or care coordinators. 

Students seeking to fast-track their education may complete this program at an accelerated pace. By taking additional course work each semester, students can earn their BSN in as little as one year and complete their MSN in one additional year.

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

Nursing Major Requirements

Course Listing
HM 600Foundations of Health Care Management3
NUR 382Nursing Science and Information Literacy3
NUR 410Integrative Health and Healing3
NUR 412Health Assessment3
NUR 478Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NUR 480Interprofessional Practice and Quality Improvement3
NUR 484Community and Population Health Nursing with Fieldwork3
NUR 486Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Practice3
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 Credits50

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.

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The bachelor of science in nursing program, the master of science in nursing program, 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.