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

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

With almost half a million nurses set to retire by 2022, the nursing world is about to undergo a serious talent shortage. That means promising career opportunities for nurses and nursing school graduates with leadership and management experience.
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M.S. in Nursing: Leadership in Health Care Systems: Management Focus

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Why should I pursue a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on management?

The modern health care system is complex. It requires effective leaders that can balance patient care and manage a nursing staff while developing innovative strategies to keep hospitals running smoothly.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the careers for medical and health services managers are growing at 23 percent, which is much faster than the average rate.

Health care needs leaders that are up-to-date on technology as well as the constantly changing laws and regulations. If you have a passion to serve and a willingness to lead, consider an MSN with a focus on management.

Is an M.S. in Nursing with a focus on management for me?

If you’re looking for a leadership path that can put you on the course to director-level roles and beyond, then an MSN degree with a focus on management might be right for you.

Supervisory positions are integral to the daily operations of a clinical unit or medical practice. So if you’re looking to boost your career and take on more responsibility, an M.S. in Nursing with a focus on management will prepare you to:

  • Manage finances and budgets
  • Understand and implement health care policy
  • Set policies and procedures
  • Evaluate staff members

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

Regis University’s Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in management includes courses in:

  • Advanced nursing practice leadership and theories
  • Ethics for nursing leaders
  • Health care policy
  • Health care organizations and systems leadership
  • Advanced financial management
  • Informatics
  • Advanced management principles and practice

You’ll also explore evidence-based research, teaching and learning strategies in health care and participate in a hands-on practicum and service learning experiences.

You’ll complete two practicum experiences, totaling 210 hours, designed to consolidate skills and apply principles in a management environment, working directly with a nursing manager.

Our M.S. in Nursing program prepares students to sit for the American Organization of Nursing Executive (AONE) Nurse Executive certification exam, and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive and Nurse Executive Advanced certification exam.

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?

A lot of people ask us, “How long will it take me to finish this degree?”  

You can earn your M.S. in Nursing online or on campus. The majority of classes are offered in eight-week terms allowing you to progress and focus on one or two classes at a time. Our program is seven semesters of full-time study and can be completed in two and a half years.

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 learning on campus, classes meet one evening per week from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., so you can earn your M.S. in Nursing while you work.

When do MSN classes start at Regis? 

Courses are offered in blended eight-week terms that begin in:

  • January
  • May
  • August

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. Nursing: Leadership in Health Care Systems: Education Focus for students interested in teaching in clinical or academic settings.

Meet our nursing faculty.

Sara 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

Theresa "Terry" Buxton, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Coordinator, Post-Licensure Technology | Associate Professor

Cris Finn, Ph.D., RN, FNP, FNE
Coordinator, Clinical Development | Associate Professor

Cheryl Kruschke, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Maureen McGuire, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor

Lynn Wimett, EdD, RN, CNS, APRN-C
Professor

Kari Goerke, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Instructor

Career Opportunities

What careers can I get with an M.S. in Nursing with a management focus?

According to the American Nurses Association, there will be more nursing jobs available through 2022 than any other profession. Management positions in nursing include roles such as:

  • Nursing Manager
  • Nursing Director
  • Clinical Services Director
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Executive Director
  • Management and executive roles in operations

Career support from Regis

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic focus, explore and find a new career path and 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 M.S. in Nursing degree?

According to payscale.com, the median salary* for a Nursing Director is $83,000. The salary range can fall between $57,000 and $123,000 annually.

* 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, Management focus program at Regis University. The total degree requires 39 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)
Management Focus Requirements
NR 615 Advanced Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 603 Informatics (3 semester hours)
NR 621 Advanced Management Principles and Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 623E Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum (3 semester hours)
Graduate Elective Select Elective Options (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 listed above, 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 (42 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 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 two 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 requirements: 1. 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 2. 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

Tuition (per semester hour) $620
University Fees
Application Fee $50
Graduation Application Fee $50
Parking Varies Learn More

Additional costs may be incurred based on individual and program specific needs. Some costs are controlled by external vendors and are subject to change without notice. A complete list of all program specific requirements is provided to admitted students prior to the start date. The following list gives you an estimate of additional expenses but may not be inclusive of all needs. Students may need uniforms, and/or lab equipment. Costs may be incurred for travel to practicums or service learning. Expenses for books will be incurred, as well as potential costs for required technology not already owned. All campus-based nursing students are required to have a laptop for access to web-based content during class. Please click here for hardware and software requirements.

Other anticipated costs  Estimated Cost
Complio®/Compliance Tracking Annual Fee
$22
Background Check and Drug Screen $69
Basic Life Support Certification Varies
Vaccinations Varies
Physical Exam Varies
Proof of Health Insurance

Tuition and fees are subject to change.


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