Guide the future of health care with an M.S. in Nursing Leadership degree.

It’s an exciting time for nurses. Advances in care and policy have led to larger roles and responsibilities. But with an aging workforce and projected experience gap, up-and-coming nurses need leaders and mentors to guide them.

If you’re an RN with a bachelor’s degree, becoming a nurse educator means you’ll be guiding the next generation of nurses into the leading roles of tomorrow.
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Why should I pursue an M.S. in Nursing – Leadership in Health Care Systems degree with an education focus?

Almost two-thirds of nursing schools responding to an American Association of Colleges of Nursing survey report faculty shortages. As hospitals seek to fill those positions in the coming years, nursing leadership will be one of the most important roles facing health care. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, (Table 26), a 35% increase in the need for nursing educators is projected through 2022 due to growth and a retiring workforce.

An MSN with a focus on nursing leadership and education can give you the skills and credentials to lead in clinical and academic settings.

Is an MSN with a focus on education for me?

As a nurse in a clinical setting, sharing knowledge is an important part of your job. If you can translate your teaching abilities and management skills into a nursing leadership position, you’ll embark on a rewarding career built on mentoring the next generation of nurses.

The responsibilities of nurse educators include:

  • Designing curricula
  • Developing courses
  • Teaching, mentoring and evaluating students

People attracted to our MSN program with an education focus tend to share these traits:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Creativity in conveying knowledge
  • Passion for teaching

What will I learn in Regis’ M.S. in Nursing program?

An M.S in Nursing degree with an education focus will prepare you to be an educator in both clinical and academic settings.

The American Association of Nurse Executives (AONE) believes that nurse managers at all levels should have an understanding in the following five attributes:

  • Communication and relationship building
  • Superior knowledge of clinical practice, delivery models, health care economics, policy, governance, evidence-based practice, safety, risk management and quality improvement
  • Leadership, including foundational and systems thinking, succession planning and change management
  • Professionalism, including accountability, career planning, ethics and advocacy
  • Business skills such as marketing, finances and strategic management

For that reason, our Master’s in Nursing Leadership includes courses in:

  • Advanced health assessment
  • Advanced physiology & pathophysiology
  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Evidence-based practice research
  • Teaching and learning strategies
  • Curriculum development

The program includes two hands-on practicum experiences (210 hours total) designed to consolidate skills and apply theory to real-world scenarios. The program is tightly aligned with our Jesuit values, so you will also have service learning opportunities as you work toward your MSN.

Our program prepares students to sit for the National League of Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator exam and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nursing Professional Development certification (formerly known as Staff Development Certification).

Is Regis’ MSN program accredited?

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional higher education institutional accreditors in the United States and a member of the North Central Association.

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing (LHSON) at Regis University is fully accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE).

What class formats are available?

Our M.S. in Nursing – Leadership in Health Care Systems: Education Focus program is seven semesters of full-time study and can be completed in two and a half years. You can earn your degree online or hybrid at Regis University. The majority of classes are offered in eight-week terms allowing you to focus on one or two classes at a time.

The flexible online format allows you to log in anytime, day or night, as you complete assignments. No campus visits are required for online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person!

When do M.S. in Nursing classes start at Regis University?

Online courses are offered in blended eight-week terms that begin in January, May or August.

The hybrid program only begins once a year in January.

Can I combine my undergraduate degree with a master’s in nursing?

Are you currently an RN looking to get on a fast track to your MSN? Good news! We also offer a RN to M.S. in Nursing: Education or Management Focus.  Or check out our M.S. in Nursing: Leadership in Health Care Systems: Management Focus for students interested in leading nurses in a professional setting.


Career Opportunities

What careers can I get with an MSN with an education focus?

Nurse educators teach nursing students, conduct professional development and participate in patient, family and community education. Nurse educators typically practice in the following settings:

  • Colleges or universities
  • Hospitals
  • Community health agencies
  • Home care agencies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Online, using distance learning technology

The shortage of nurse educators means you’ll have a high level of job security. As a nurse educator, you may work on an academic calendar or all year long. Unlike many clinical nurses, you won’t have to work 12-hour shifts or overnight. If you want to keep a foot in both worlds, you can work as both an educator and a clinical provider.

Career support from Regis.

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

What salary can I expect with a Master of Science in Nursing degree?

As with most nursing roles, your salary will vary based on your clinical and teaching experience, years of experience and geographic location. The average salary for a nurse educator is $70,185 according to payscale.com*. Greater increases can be expected with experience and continued education.

*-Salary information based on data from spring 2016.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing, Leadership in Health Care Systems, Education focus program at Regis University. The total degree requires 42 semester hours.

Master of Science in Nursing Major Requirements
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks (3 semester hours)
NR 602 Adv. Apps. of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy (3 semester hours)
NR 609 Population Health and Interprofessional Collaboration Practicum (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 620 Health Care Organizations and Systems Leadership (3 semester hours)
NR 646 Teaching and Learning Strategies in Health Care (3 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation (0 semester hours)
Education Focus Requirements
NR 630 Advanced Health Assessment of the Patient and Family (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 605 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 semester hours)
NR 647 Curriculum Development (3 semester hours)
NR 648 Evaluation Methods in Health Care Education (3 semester hours)
NR 623F Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum (3 semester hours)

Students interested in both the Education and Management focus areas can complete a dual focus by first completing the M.S. in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems, Management focus, and then the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Education.

A thesis option is available for classroom-based students. Students electing the thesis option complete an additional three semester hours (45 semester hours total) for this degree.

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today. Complete the Regis University Application or the NursingCAS Application. NursingCAS is the centralized application service for Nursing programs. Regis University accepts either application and gives equal consideration to both.

Have questions? Attend an information session or webinar, or just email or calls us.

The application requirements are the same regardless of which application you utilize to apply.  If utilizing the Regis Application all documents are submitted directly to Regis University.  If utilizing the NursingCAS application, all documents, including transcripts are submitted directly to NursingCAS.    

  • Submit a completed online application.
  • Request official BSN degree–bearing transcript from a NLNAC or ACN/CCNE accredited program as well as an official transcript showing A grade of “C” or better in an introductory course in statistics that includes inferential as well as descriptive statistics. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. If completing the NursingCAS application, transcript instructions are included in the application and transcripts are sent directly to NursingCAS. If utilizing the Regis University application direct transcripts to the following address:
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard 
      Mail Code: P-28
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
    • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu
    • Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
  • Submit three recommendation forms. Select professional and/or academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. One recommendation must be from your current employer or supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used. You will need the email addresses for your references to complete the online forms.
  • Submit a current resume including all professional and volunteer experience 
  • Submit a one-page typewritten personal statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question in the application. Essay topic is provided after you submit the application or you can contact your Admissions Counselor.
  • Submit a nonrefundable application fee. Instructions are given when you complete the payment portion of the application.

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.

Regis University
Office of Admissions
3333 Regis Blvd.
Mail Code P-28
Denver, CO 80221-1099
Phone: 303.458.4344 or 800.944.7667
Fax: 303.964.5534
Email: healthcare@regis.edu

Admissions Criteria

  • A nursing baccalaureate degree from a NLNAC or AACN-CCNE accredited program. 
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale. 
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which the student’s clinical/practicum experience will be completed.
  • Two years of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) is preferred for all applicants 
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of "C" or better (may be taken after admission but prior to NR 602).
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals certification.
  • Eligibility for this program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here. 
  • A complete health history and physical examination record indicating that the student is physically able to meet the objectives of the program, and is appropriately immunized is required after admission to the program. 
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet one of the following language proficiency requirement:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656. OR
    • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.


Tuition & Fees

Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the MS in Nursing: Leadership in Healthcare (Education or Management Focus) program.

FAQS

General Questions

What is the application deadline?
Regis University's MS in Nursing program has a rolling admission deadline; we accept applications up to the start date of the program but recommend applying sooner than later. The program starts three times a year in Spring (early January), Summer (May) and  Fall (late August).

What are the prerequisites for the program?
There are no prerequisites to begin the online nursing curriculum, however, applicants must have completed a statistics course with a grade of C or better prior to enrolling in NR 602 - Research in Nursing. 

What if I have not taken a statistics course?
You are eligible to apply, but admitted students must have a completed statistics course prior to taking NR 602 in the program. Regis University offers several statistics courses, and offers one specific to healthcare professionals (MT 274 Statistics for Health Professionals). We allow students to enroll in these courses as a non-degree seeking student. Additionally the course can be taken at any regionally accredited college or University including community colleges. For those in the Colorado area looking at the community college offerings, MAT 135 Introduction to Statistics will fulfill this requirement.

If you're interested in enrolling in this course at Regis University, complete the 'Non Degree Application' and contact your admission counselor to register.  

Do you require an academic reference from a college instructor?
No. We require three letters of reference on the forms provided in the application. One reference must be from your current employer or supervisor and the other two can be either professional or academic. 

How long do I have to complete my degree?
Students have a total of 5 years to complete all degree requirements.

How long does it typically take to complete the program?
The program is seven semesters of full-time study completed in 2.5 years.  Students are encouraged to complete the program in the designed timeframe, although variations in schedule can be made as needed. We know life happens. 

When do the classes meet?
If you choose to complete the program on campus, courses meet one evening per week, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Online students have the flexibility to complete weekly assignments asynchronously (i.e., no pre-determined login times).

Will I have an Academic Advisor?
Yes, once you start class you will be assigned an Academic Advisor. Your assigned advisor will work with you throughout the entire program and will be available via email and phone. Their primary role is to help you with course sequencing, to ensure you are meeting all degree requirements, to answer general questions and provide support.

Can I take more than one class in an 8-week term?
New students are only allowed to take one course during their first 8-week term. If a grade of A- or better is earned in this course, students are allowed to register for additional courses during the following terms if they desire.

Frequently Asked Questions - Campus-Based Students

Are students required to have laptops for the MS, Nursing Leadership campus-based program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students, including the MS, Nursing Leadership campus-based students, are required to bring a laptop to class.

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:

HARDWARE
  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-Fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 1o.5.8 or higher
  • Required memory: minimum 1GB
  • Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
  • Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher

  • SOFTWARE
  • MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Online Students

    Do I have to be online at a certain time each day/week?
    You are not held to any specific online class times throughout the day or week. As long as you are completing your assignments by the assigned due date, you can log in at a time that is best for you.

    How do I hand in assignments, submit tests and receive feedback?
    Assignments and tests in online courses are submitted electronically (as e-mail attachments) and may be posted on the site. The faculty member or the syllabus generally specifies how a given assignment or test is to be submitted; the goals of the course usually dictate the most appropriate method. Assignments often are submitted as discussion postings. The faculty member's feedback is typically given in an individual e-mail or through written comments to the student. This varies from one course to another.

    Am I required to visit campus?
    While campus visits are not required, students are welcome to visit our beautiful campus in Denver, CO.

    Can I attend commencement?
    We welcome and encourage all online students to participate in the commencement ceremony upon completion of graduation requirements.

    What if I take time off (vacation, summer)?
    You are encouraged to take a class each eight-week term, but we also understand that many students are busy adults who need to take time away from classes. It's important that you speak with your online academic advisor to let them know your plans.

    How do I purchase textbooks?
    Textbooks can be purchased through the Regis online bookstore and are mailed directly to you. The bookstore can be accessed by visiting www.regis.edu/bookstore

    What if I have computer related issues, is there someone available to help?
    Yes, our Information Technology Services Department (ITS) help center is open
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM MST and Saturday - Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM MST.

    I am a College Network customer; do I have to complete all of my study guides and tests prior to starting the nursing classes?
    No, in fact, we recommend that you start an online nursing class as soon as possible. The reason being, if you are like the majority of our MS in Nursing students it's been a while since you've been in school. Starting back with a structured online course where you will have the support of classmates and an instructor can be very helpful. Having weekly assignments, a set syllabus and essentially being 'forced' to keep up makes a huge difference in re-establishing study habits and developing a routine for going back to school. The unstructured and self study nature of the TCN study guides (CLM's) can sometimes make getting back into the school mind set a little more difficult. We see that many our students have a much easier time completing the CLM's once they taken a few online courses and established the balance of going back to school.

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