MSN in Nursing Administration

Leading a team of nurses and healthcare staff with the goal of providing better care to patients and improving the work environment is a job that takes organization and leadership. Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Nursing with a Nursing Administration concentration (MSN-NA) is designed to help students prepare for possible nursing leadership and management positions. By learning how to communicate effectively, understand relationship-building strategies to drive positive change and through demonstrating ethical personal, professional and fiscal accountability, graduates of the MSN-NA program at CTU could be on their way to leading or managing teams of nursing staff.

Highlights of CTU's Nursing Administration Program:

  • Can be completed in as little as 18 months
  • Offered 100% online excluding practicum
  • Potential to complete your practicum hours at employment site
  • Aligned to nursing industry standards and competencies
  • Tuition cost of $17,760*

MSN program goals:

  • Employ leadership skills to improve the quality of care in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Integrate advanced nursing and science knowledge into practice

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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  • Total Credits 

    48
  • Program Availability

    Online

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  • Program Outline

    Building Your Nursing Knowledge

    An active unencumbered U.S. RN license, a bachelor's degree in nursing and a 3.0 GPA is required for acceptance into CTU's MSN program. If you do not have a BSN, CTU also offers an RN-BSN so you can pursue your academic goals in one easy to follow path. Students start the MSN-NA program with courses in the core area of nursing and then build upon that knowledge with coursework specific to the field of nursing administration. The program is 48 quarter credits for their program in all, credits that are divided between both core nursing education and the area of concentration.

    Core nursing education. The MSN at CTU teaches leadership skills to students regardless of the specialization chosen. Students complete 24 quarter credits in overall core courses, allowing them to gain more insight into management theory and application, and evidence-based practices. Some of the courses at the core nursing level include:

    • Healthcare Informatics and Technologies
    • Advanced Professional Nursing Practices
    • Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare
    • Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society
    • MSN Capstone

    Concentration. After completing their core nursing courses, students can finish their degree by taking six (6) more courses, or 24 quarter credits. These courses are designed to help students learn about the specialty of nursing administration and to apply their newly learned nursing administration theory into clinical practice. Some of these courses include:

    • Healthcare Finance
    • Innovations for Quality Care
    • Strategic Planning
    • Systems in Healthcare

    The two practicum courses included as part of the concentration require 60 hours each, for 120 hours total. In some cases, these practicum hours can be completed onsite at your place of current employment. The capstone course requires students to complete a final project that integrates the knowledge and skills gained over the course of the program.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Admission to this program requires an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study.

    Students must have graduated from a regionally accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. A minimum CGPA of 3.0 at the bachelor’s or higher level from an accredited college of nursing is required.

    Prior to starting the nursing program all applicants must submit an unofficial or official copy of college transcript from their BSN degree for review. Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program who meet all general admission requirements, but who have a CGPA for the BSN degree between 2.75 to 2.99, may be granted provisional admission. Students must successfully complete their first two MSN courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA to be granted full admission to the nursing program or be administratively withdrawn.

    Students must successfully complete NRSG610 first before advancing to other courses in the MSN program. No other program courses may be taken prior to NRSG610.

    At this time, Colorado Technical University cannot accept inquiries for the Master of Science in Nursing program from residents of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

  • Courses

    Degree Requirements

    Courses - Core
    NRSG610Advanced Professional Nursing Practices4
    NRSG612Integrating Theory and Research for Evidence-Based Practice4
    NRSG615Healthcare Informatics and Technologies 4
    NRSG617Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare4
    NRSG625Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society4
    NRSG640MSN Capstone4
    Total Credit Hours:24
    Courses - Concentration
    HCM632Systems in Healthcare4
    HCM670Management of Human Resources in Healthcare4
    HCM676Healthcare Finance4
    NRSG620Strategic Planning4
    NRSG622Innovation for Quality Care4
    NRSG630New Knowledge and Innovations in Nursing Leadership4
    Total Credit Hours:24

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    Admissions Requirements

    Admission to this program requires an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study. 

    Students must have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours of study undertaken for full acceptance into the program.

    Prior to starting the nursing program all applicants must submit an unofficial or official copy of college transcript from their BSN degree for review. Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program who meet all general admission requirements, but who have a CGPA for the BSN degree between 2.75 to 2.99 for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours of study, may be granted provisional admission. Students must successfully complete their first two MSN courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA to be granted full admission to the nursing program or be administratively withdrawn.

    Students must successfully complete NRSG610 first before advancing to other courses in the MSN program. No other program courses may be taken prior to NRSG610.





  • Related Degrees

    Master of Science in Nursing

  • Tuition

    Tuition

    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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  • Outcomes

    MSN program outcomes:

    • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and a variety of sciences in diverse settings for the purpose of improving nursing care
    • Apply organizational and systems leadership concepts to promote quality patient care
    • Evaluate performance improvement processes designed for the purpose of providing quality patient care
    • Apply research outcomes and evidence-based practice to recommendations for improved patient care
    • Synthesize health policy processes established for the advocacy of quality healthcare
    • Integrate interprofessional collaboration to the management of patient and population health outcomes
    • Apply organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts to clinical prevention and population care to identified populations

    MSN Nursing Administration outcomes:

    • Integrate effective communication and relationship-building strategies in diverse communities of interest that drive change towards quality organizational outcomes.
    • Apply leadership principles and systems thinking that positively influence human resources in the healthcare environment.
    • Demonstrate ethical personal, professional and fiscal accountability in the advocacy for clinical enterprise and nursing practice.
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Below you can find placement rates and other information tailored to your chosen campus and program. Certain disclosures are published on this website to assist students in understanding the facts about their programs.

The MSN program was initially launched in January, 2016 and has not graduated more than 10 students at this time. The graduation rate shown below represents the percentage of First Time Full Time students across all CTU online undergraduate programs that completed within 150% of the normal program length and is not specific to the MSN program.

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Online Programs - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 20%

All Colorado Technical University campuses and both ground and online enrollments are included in this Graduation Rate.

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

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