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
|HM 600||Foundations of Health Care Management||3|
|NUR 380||Health Promotion and Wellness||3|
|NUR 382||Nursing Science and Information Literacy||3|
|NUR 410||Integrative Health and Healing||3|
|NUR 475||Research and Evidence-Based Practice Fieldwork Experience||1|
|NUR 477||Community and Public Health Nursing Fieldwork Experience||1|
|NUR 478||Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice||2|
|NUR 479||Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Fieldwork Experience||1|
|NUR 480||Interprofessional Practice and Quality Improvement||3|
|NUR 484||Community and Public Health Nursing||3|
|NUR 486||Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Practice||3|
|NUR 492||Special Topics in Health Care||2|
|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 602||Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing||1|
|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|
|OL 630||Performance Management||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 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.
An applicant to the 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.
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.
An 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 letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
- Completed background check
Please note that admission is competitive and meeting the minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission into the program.
All accepted students will also be required to complete a background check and drug screen following acceptance and before the start of classes. Acceptances will be conditional prior to satisfactory completion of both.