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 serves as an introduction to the history, structure, and management issues associated with health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and other managed care options.
Health Service Organizations and Management
This course addresses organizational arrangements for providing healthcare and their management. 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. Components of the course include: supply and demand for healthcare; competitive markets and market behaviors; pricing and the influence of insurance on utilization; economic models of the firm, resource deployment, costs and productivity; and related health system-wide policy issues.
Health Services Financial Management
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of accounting and financial management concepts/techniques to health service organizations. Course components include: distinctive accounting and financial characteristics of health services organizations; interpreting basic financial statements; financial ratios analysis; government and voluntary regulatory agency compliance; and evaluating financial performance.
Health Services Marketing
Focuses on aligning health service offerings with the demands of markets in order to maximize customer/client value and organizational competitive advantage. Course components include: nature of the marketing function; differences in services and product markets and marketing; market analysis; fundamentals of individual and organizational buying behavior; elements of the tactical marketing mix (service offering design, price, promotion and customer acquisition channels); and marketing plans.
Outcomes Assessment and Quality Management
This course addresses why healthcare institutions are responsible for the management and continuous improvement of quality in all aspects of their operation. It exposes the student to the processes and quality tools used to develop effective quality management programs as well as to assess current practices. It also covers how to evaluate outcomes data for interpretation to various audiences.
Healthcare Information Systems
This course is designed to prepare students for management oversight, administrative design, acquisition of, and implementation of, information technology systems. The course emphasizes basic knowledge of information systems in a healthcare environment. A component of the course is a team-based information technology strategic plan.
Legal Considerations in Healthcare Delivery
This course addresses the variety of legal questions and issues confronting healthcare professionals today. The course includes such topics as liability, confidentiality of records, informed consent, contracts, patient rights, employee rights, and legal testimony.
Nursing Administration I
This course addresses front-line skills and knowledge for nursing administration based on a foundation of sound management theory as it relates to health-care delivery. Students integrate clinical examples and develop skills for evaluating care plan delivery models and structures; thinking critically; empowering teams; resolving conflicts; coaching and mentoring; educating staff and assessing clinical competence; allocating resources; and ensuring and measuring productivity and efficiency.
Nursing Administration II
This course builds on the skills learned in Nursing Administration. Students are expected to formulate, write, and present case studies about major healthcare issues from the perspective of an administrative team member in a health-care organization.
Advanced Nursing Theory
This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program. Students are expected to research and present case studies about current trends, licensing requirements throughout the country, and future projections for the nursing industry.
This course addresses the theory and practice of leadership in organizations. Traditional and modern theories of leadership are explored, as well as the practical application of these theories in the workplace. In addition to covering the traditional concepts of leadership in organizations, this course takes an in-depth look at the power and influence a leader has over the organization and its members.
Research and Evaluation Methods
This course exposes the student to the skills for engaging in scholarly inquiry, utilizing information resources, evaluating research, identifying problems, and measuring outcomes in practical settings, and using research findings for clinical decision-making. Topics include: principles of problem analysis, how to confront decisions related to the design of a research study, and how to critically examine approved research methods. Selected research designs include descriptive, survey, case study, ethnography, historical, phenomenology, and grounded theory.
Students are required to complete an individual or group project or write a thesis that integrates and demonstrates mastery of the basic learning objectives of the degree program.
Total Courses: 14Total Credits: 57.5
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Available Online: This program is delivered fully online.
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