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MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) IN
Nursing, concentration in Nurse Administrator

Online

Program Overview

MSN-prepared nurses act as thought leaders, providing healthcare leadership to patients and healthcare professionals. They have the opportunity to move up the career ladder, pursue a specialization and serve as mentors to new nurses.

  • Program Format

    Online
  • Credit Hours

    33-39
  • Tuition Per Hour

    $420

Prepare for Leadership with an MSN from The University of Alabama

As a Nurse Administrator, you will focus on policy and operational issues, such as nursing shortages. You will spend time meeting with other key healthcare leaders, reporting on outcomes, and developing programs and policies that ensure safety and high-quality nursing care.

Nurse administrators hold a variety of executive-level positions, such as director of nursing services, clinical coordinator and chief nurse executive. They often oversee several departments and report directly to senior leadership.

As you seek to make a greater impact in the nursing profession, UA’s online MSN Nurse Administrator program can make advancing through education both affordable and attainable. This accredited program features faculty known nationwide for their contributions to the field and who are passionate about helping others achieve their goals in the future of nursing.

The master’s degree program in nursing at The University of Alabama is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Application DeadlineApril 30 for fall admission; August 1 for spring admission; December 1 for summer admission
  • RankingRanked 12th for best online MSN programs for Nursing Administration/Leadership by U.S. News & World Report (2020)
  • Required For Entrance RN licensure
  • PracticumYes

Curriculum

Students who focus on Nurse Administrator will complete 32 credit hours and can choose to pursue the program either full-time or part-time.

Please note that courses are subject to change.

Sample Full-Time Program of Study

Fall

  • NUR 501 Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations
  • NUR 502 Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations
  • NUR 503 Informatics in Healthcare – Students study the ethical management of data, information, knowledge, and technology to communicate and deliver safe quality healthcare within and across various healthcare settings. One thing that they do is evaluate real-world clinical guideline or care pathway levels based on the Level of Evidence Hierarchy Pyramid on an interactive pyramid.
  • NUR 522 Human Relations Management

Spring

  • CHS 520 Basic Epidemiology
  • NUR 527 Evidence Based Practice Roles and Processes: Nurse Administrator
  • NUR 537 Administrative/Executive Practicum I
  • NUR 581 Research and Statistics for Health Professionals

Summer

  • NUR 538 Administrative/Executive Practicum II
  • NUR 580 Fiscal Resource Management

Thesis (optional)

  • NUR 599 Thesis Project

Sample Part-Time Program of Study

Fall I

  • NUR 501 Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations
  • NUR 503 Informatics in Healthcare

Spring I

  • CHS 520 Basic Epidemiology
  • NUR 581 Research and Statistics for Health Professionals

Summer I

  • NUR 580 Fiscal Resource Management

Fall II

  • NUR 502 Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations
  • NUR 522 Human Relations Management

Spring II

  • NUR 527 Evidence Based Practice Roles and Processes: Nurse Administrator
  • NUR 537 Administrative/Executive Practicum I

Summer II

  • NUR 538 Administrative/Executive Practicum II

Thesis (optional)

  • NUR 599 Thesis Project

This program requires a field placement component and it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site for the field placement.

Admission

Applications are accepted each semester. You must submit all documents by April 30 for fall admission, August 1 for spring admission or December 1 for summer admission.

Admission Requirements:

  • GPA of at least 3.0 overall based on 4.0 grading scale or a 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school of nursing
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in a state currently approved for admission. View the states from which the Capstone College of Nursing currently accepts applications for admission.

Contact Vickie Samuel at (205) 348-8163 or vickie.bama@ua.edu for specific information on the application process.

If you reside or intend to seek professional licensure outside of the state of Alabama, please review the requirements for that state prior to applying to this program.

How long is the program?

  • 3-6 semesters (1-2 years)

Are there any campus visits required?

  • No

How many clinical hours are required?

  • 540 hours

Do students find their own clinical sites?

  • Students are expected to find individual sites and preceptors; however, the Capstone College of Nursing will assist students with this process to secure a clinical affiliation agreement with the health care agency.

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