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The Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) offers the distance-based Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with all courses offered online. The Nurse Administrator (NA) program incorporates the AACN MSN Essentials and the AONE Nurse Executive Competencies to prepare graduates to fully meet AONE nurse management competencies and be eligible for the AACN Nurse Executive Certification examination.

Nurse administrators are licensed Registered Nurses (RNs) who have formal administrative and managerial positions within health care organizations. They oversee day-to-day and long-term operations for the provision of nursing care. These responsibilities may include managing budgets and human resources, coordinating the distribution of material assets, managing and developing strategic plans, and providing professional leadership. Nursing administration (NA) and management covers a diverse field of formal leadership from those who supervise individual units within a medical facility as front-line managers to higher-level nurse administrators and executives who oversee nursing operations for an entire hospital or healthcare organization.

Front-line nurse managers typically hold a bachelor’s degree in addition to an RN license. A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and/or programs in business and healthcare administration may be necessary for career advancement in nursing management. The NA program uniquely prepares future nurse executives for the challenges of providing cost effective high quality patient care outcomes in a chaotic health care environment.

The MSN program of study for NA is offered as both full-time and part-time programs of study, with the part-time program being more suitable for working professionals. The NA program has a significant clinical/administrative component to support learning objectives. Overall, the program focuses on navigating the complexities of the American healthcare system, the challenges of managing personnel, budgeting, IT systems, and other resources in healthcare organizations, as well as professional political advocacy for nursing and quality patient care.

NA graduates are encouraged to sit for certification. AONE offers a Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) certification, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center offers two certifications: Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC) and Nurse Executive, Advanced-Board Certified (NEA-BC). These certifications are not required for those who work as nurse managers and administrators, but they demonstrate a level of knowledge and proficiency in the field of nurse executive leadership that may be advantageous for career advancement.

Note: This program requires a clinical/administration immersion component and it is the student’s responsibility to identify a site with an appropriate clinical facilitator. Prior to the clinical/administrative immersion, the student will start the process of obtaining a CCN Letter of Agreement (LOA) or a Clinical Affiliation Contract with the agency. No clinical practice will take place until the student has been notified by CCN of approval.

Program of Study:

Applies to students accepted prior to Fall 2019

Sample Part-time and Full-time Nurse Administrator Programs of Study

Applies to students accepted Fall 2019 and forward.

Sample Part-time and Full-time Nurse Administrator Program of Study

If you are not already a student, please be aware of our application deadline; the fall semester deadline is April 1st, spring semester is August 1st and Summer semester is December 1st.