Why should I pursue an M.S. in Nursing – Leadership in Health Care Systems degree with an education
Almost two-thirds of nursing schools responding to an American
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
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
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 on campus at Regis
University. The majority of classes are offered in eight-week terms allowing you to focus on one or two classes at a
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!
If you prefer the on-campus experience, classes meet one evening per week from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., so you
can pursue your M.S. in Nursing as a working adult.
When do M.S. in Nursing classes start at Regis University?
Courses are offered in blended eight-week terms that begin in:
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.
Meet our M.S. in Nursing – Leadership in Health Care Systems: Education Focus staff.
Jarrett, RN, CNS, CNE, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Post-Licensure Nursing | Professor
Karen Pennington, RN, Ph.D.
Director, RN/BSN & MS Programs | Professor
Kari Goerke, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Coordinator of the Masters in Leadership Program | Assistant Professor
Claywell, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNE
Affiliate Faculty Coordinator | Professor
Whalen, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Crewell, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Jackson, Ph.D., MS
Stoeckel, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Suit, Ed.D., RN, CNS
Carlson, MSN, RN
Dalbey, DNP, RN, CNE
Grohe, MS, RN, CNE