Program Length: 15 months
The Nursing Administration graduate program prepares nurses for administrative leadership and management roles in managed care, home healthcare, long-term care, professional and other health-related organizations. Program content focuses on management and organizational theory, ethical and legal issues, and healthcare delivery systems, as well as health policy, information systems, and the management of human, material, and fiscal resources. Graduates are employed as entry-level management of nursing personnel in hospitals, clinics, and private healthcare facilities.
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Issues in Managed Care
This course focuses on the history, the structure, and the administrative issues associated with health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and other managed care options
Health Service Organizations and Management
This course focuses on organizational and management arrangements for providing healthcare. Course components include the distinctive aspects of health service organizations; organizational structures and processes; the nature of managerial work; leadership; interpersonal relationships; groups/teams; communication; decision-making; power and conflict; and change.
Health Service Economics
This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to economic theories, models, concepts, and analytical techniques and their implication for, and application to, health services. This course examines supply and demand for healthcare; competitive markets and market behaviors; pricing and the influence of insurance on utilization; economic models of firms, resource deployment, costs, productivity; and related health system-wide policy issues.
Health Services Financial Management
This course focuses on the application of accounting and financial management concepts and techniques to health services organizations. Topics include the distinctive accounting and financial characteristics of health services organizations; interpretation of basic financial statements; financial ratios analysis; government and voluntary regulatory agency compliance; and financial performance evaluation.
Outcomes Assessment and Quality Management
This course focuses on the processes used to develop effective quality management programs as well as to assess current practices. (Note. This course may appear under the name Health Program Evaluation in certain program plans.)
Healthcare Information Systems
This course prepares students for management oversight, administrative design, and acquisition and implementation of information technology systems. Emphasis is placed on information systems in a healthcare environment.
Legal Considerations in Healthcare Delivery
This course focuses on a variety of legal questions and issues that healthcare managers face. Topics include liability, confidentiality of records, informed consent, contracts, patient rights, employee rights, and legal testimony.
Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
This course provides a foundational understanding of evidence-based practice and delineates the steps to implementing evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare. Students are presented with ?real-life? examples to assist in actualizing important concepts and overcoming barriers in the implementation of evidence-based care.
This course focuses on the front-line skills and the knowledge necessary for nursing administration based on a foundation of sound management theory as it relates to healthcare delivery. Students integrate clinical examples and develop skills for evaluating care plan delivery models; think critically; empower teams; resolve conflicts; coach and mentor; educate staff and assess clinical competence; allocate resources; and ensure and measure productivity and efficiency.
Nursing Administration II
This course builds on the skills learned in Nursing Administration I. Students will be expected to formulate, write, and present case studies about major healthcare issues from the perspective of an administration team member in a healthcare organization.
Research and Evaluation Methods
This course exposes the student to the skills for engaging in scholarly inquiry, utilizing information resources, evaluating research, identifying problems, measuring outcomes in practical settings, and using research findings for clinical decisionmaking. Topics include principles of problem analysis, confronting decisions related to the design of a research study, and critically examining approved research methods. Selected research designs include descriptive, survey, case study, ethnography, historical, phenomenology, and grounded theory.
Thesis/Final Project I
This course provides students with intensive opportunity to demonstrate mastery by integrating knowledge, skills, and principles studied throughout their Master’s program. It is a demonstration of students’ ability to develop an idea, and apply a theory to real-life public health problems. The overarching goal is to expand and evaluate the depth and breadth of expertise and to demonstrate the interconnection among knowledge, skills, and principles brought to bear on real-life situations. In this course, the student will select a sponsoring organization and outside committee members, develop a thesis topic and research question/problem, and begin implementing this project. (Prerequisite: Completion of all coursework)
Thesis/Final Project II
This course provides students with the opportunity to continue working on completing their thesis/final project. In this course, the student will complete collecting data, writing up results and discuss their findings. Students will define the final thesis/project. (Prerequisite: NUR 690)
Total Courses: 13Total Credits: 54
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Available Online: This program is delivered fully online.
Gainful Employment Student Information
Our Master of Science in Nursing Administration program prepares graduates for employment in occupations such as Acute Care Nurses (29-1111.01), Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (29-1111.02), Clinical Nurse Specialists (11-9111.01), Critical Care Nurses (29-1111.03), Medical and Health Services Managers (11-9111.00), or Registered Nurses (29-1111.00).
The total tuition and fees for this program is $29,190, including books. Independence University does not provide housing, so no room and board fees apply.
Graduates of our Master of Science in Nursing Administration program have an on-time completion rate of 0% and a job placement rate of 75%.
The median Title IV debt for this program is $0, the median Non-Title IV debt is $2,269, and the median loan debt is $4,951.
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