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Nursing Leadership & Administration
Program (BSN to MSN)

Advance your career with an MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration

AccreditationCCNE accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length16 months
Credits to graduate36 credit
ClinicalsHerzing pledges to help you secure clinical placement
Format100% online classes with flexibility to accommodate your lifestyle
EnrollmentFull-time and part-time options available
Get started6 start-dates throughout the year
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 6th
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Program

Be more than an excellent nurse. Become a nurse leader.

Extend your reach and touch more lives by moving into leadership and management in nursing roles.  With an MSN in Leadership and Administration from Herzing, you will prepare to facilitate change to achieve positive outcomes by building on your clinical expertise to understand the business of healthcare.

Additional program highlights

  • Online classes with flexibility to accommodate your lifestyle
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) core components integrated into the curriculum
  • Students are fully prepared to sit for the Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC) credentialing exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Classes Start March 6th

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Curriculum

MSN-Nursing Leadership and Administration Program Curriculum

Focus on healthcare organizations as adaptive systems.

When it comes to nursing, no two days are the same. Healthcare is always innovating and changing. That’s why our program curriculum focuses on healthcare organizations as adaptive systems. Here, you’ll obtain the skills needed to understand the complex healthcare system. You’ll also gain the knowledge necessary to help facilitate change to achieve positive outcomes.

Integration of AONE core components

Herzing University’s MSN-Nursing Leadership and Administration degree program includes MSN core courses, specialty concentration courses, a direct-care clinical course and a leadership clinical course. Our faculty have integrated the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) core components into the curriculum, which prepares our students to meet the competencies of nurse executives. Graduates are fully prepared to sit for the nurse executive-board certified (NE-BC) credentialing exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Options for RNs with an ADN

We also offer an RN to MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration program for nurses who hold associate degree in nursing.

Choose to go from RN to MSN or earn your BSN on the way in our RN to BSN to MSN track.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Nursing Leadership and Administration (MSNNLA)1636

i. Average number of months for students to complete program. Program availability varies by location.

Required Core Courses

18.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Courses in Nursing Leadership Concentration

18.00 semester credit hours are required.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration program is $695 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants—including our Nurses Circle of Achievement scholarship, which offers up to 10% tuition reduction.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Requirements

Enrollment requirements

To enroll in Herzing’s Nursing Leadership and Administration program, prospective students must live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the MSN-Nursing Leadership and Administration program, and:

  1. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they practice. (Note: Holding a multi-state, compact state license and being a resident in a compact license state will be deemed to have met this requirement.)
  2. Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited university or college with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Scholarship Opportunity

You may be eligible for the Herzing University Nurses Circle of Achievement Scholarship.

Eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA earned in your undergraduate nursing program, and maintaining a minimum GPA throughout the MSN program.

You can potentially earn 10% tuition reduction!

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MSN Clinical Placement Pledge Herzing Badge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of an MSN in nursing leadership & administration program is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.

As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.

Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*

* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment agreement.

Classes Start March 6th

Waived Enrollment Fee
Why Herzing

The master's degree program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.1

Accreditation acknowledges that Herzing's nursing programs meet specific national standards including institutional resources, quality curriculum and teaching practices, and program outcomes related to completion rates, pass rates and employment.

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Gain the Skills to Lead the Way

Nurse administrators combine expert technical skills with leadership skills that set them apart. As doctorally-prepared, licensed registered nurses with a BSN, our faculty can offer you the knowledge to prepare you to lead. By building on your clinical expertise with business and organizational knowledge, you can more confidently prepare for leadership and management positions in nursing.

Through our MSN in leadership specialization, you will:

  • Gain the tools to help you plan, implement and evaluate system-wide strategies to move your organization toward successful outcomes.
  • Develop the business understanding to make high-level administrative decisions.
  • Be prepared to analyze the impact regulatory agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services, exert on healthcare systems. This includes human resources, fiscal stability and reimbursements, total quality improvement and attaining positive outcomes within a system.
  • Gain the skills to help you confidently apply ethical and legal principles when making decisions to ensure the best care for all patients and their unique needs.

Nurses know their career field is ever-changing. A MSN in nursing leadership can help you stay at the forefront by offering you the tools you need to effectively evaluate your organization’s ability to adapt to the changing healthcare landscape.

How long does it take to get a master's in nursing leadership & administration?

You can complete the MSN in nursing leadership & administration program at Herzing University in as little as 16 months. Given the rigorous nature of the 36 credit program, many students find taking extra time to complete the program beneficial to getting the most out of their education.

Our goal is your empowerment and fulfillment; we help you work at a comfortable pace and offer a wide range of options for different types of students.

Clinical support - finding a preceptor and completing your capstone

We understand it can be difficult to find a preceptor to complete your graduate clinical experience. Although we do encourage you to seek your best fit based on your specialty, Herzing University provides support and guidance in finding a preceptor and completing the online degree program.

Careers

What can I do as a nurse leader?

Grow your impact - and your career. Nurses who pair their clinical expertise with a master’s degree are prepared to take on rewarding challenges. They combine clinical expertise, compassionate care, business know-how and organizational insights that extend well beyond the walls of a patient room.

With a master's in nursing administration degree, you can extend your impact by touching even more lives. Advance your career by overseeing your entire unit. Or go beyond your nursing floor and become a director, nurse executive or even chief nursing officer overseeing an entire healthcare system. As a graduate of Herzing's nursing administration degree program you'll be well-prepared to work in management or leadership and administrative roles in settings such as:

  • Acute care, primary care settings such as hospitals and clinics
  • Major health systems
  • Community-based health agencies
FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:

You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.

A nurse leader sees the big picture without losing sight of the day-to-day. They are active in helping organizations move forward in response to an evolving healthcare industry.

Leaders in nursing have the administrative understanding and business expertise to make educated decisions and achieve the optimal balance between what’s best for the organization and what’s best for the patient(s). The importance of nursing leadership is highly evident when organizations struggle to find this balance.

Read more about the most important qualities and characteristics of leadership in nursing and what it takes to earn a higher level of roles and responsibilities as a nurse.

The idea of earning a MBA degree is often overlooked by nursing students – but it can be a very valuable way for a nurse to advance in their profession.

Understanding the motivations behind financial decisions made by hospital CEO’s and CFO’s is crucial to getting a seat at the table in the decision-making process. Working towards a master’s degree in business administration can put you in a position to advance professionally on the business side of healthcare. Learn more about why nurses should consider getting an MBA.

However, hospitals looking for a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) or Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) will most often prefer candidates with an MSN in Nursing Leadership. They will certainly consider a RN with an MBA, but the Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing is the top-tier credential most employers will be looking for.

Nursing administrators fall under the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) medical and health services manager category. According to the BLS, the average salary for medical health and service managers is $119,840 per year ($57.61 per hour).*

Discover how much nurse administrators can make by state and find salary estimates in the area near you.

A master’s degree may not always be required, but you will very likely need to hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or be currently enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Attaining a master’s degree best qualifies you to apply for the Nurse Executive Certification (NE-BC) and help you find the position you desire.

Getting a master’s degree from an accredited nursing school is the biggest step you need to take to become a nurse administrator. If you have an ADN/ASN, BSN or RN diploma and hold a current, active and unrestricted license as an RN, you are eligible to enroll in the Herzing University online MSN program in nursing leadership & administration right now.

We offer multiple options for current nurses of all types, including pathways for ASN/ADN, BSN, and MSN degree holders.

View our available online Nursing Leadership and Administration programs.

There are many different types of nursing leadership styles with varying levels of effectiveness depending on the working environment, including:

  • Democratic
  • Transformational
  • Authoritarian (or "autocratic")
  • Transactional
  • Laissez-faire

...among several others. There are many unique theories of nursing leadership you’ll want to become familiar with throughout your development as a nurse leader. Understanding the right leadership techniques for you and your colleagues is crucial to keep morale high, ensure lines of communication are clear, maximize productivity and improve patient care.

Students considering career pathways between nursing vs. healthcare administration can potentially discover the best of both worlds. With the right experience, credentials, and additional education—yes, nurses can become a healthcare administrator. Deep experience as a nurse can be a major differentiator between you and other applicants for the position.

However, most employers will be seeking prospects with a doctoral, master or bachelor degree in healthcare administration. Herzing University offers a bachelor degree program in healthcare administration and an advanced online MHA program in healthcare administration for students seeking a career in these advanced roles.

Disclosures

Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosures

1. The master's degree program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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MSN - Nursing Leadership & Administration Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$595.00
Base Tuition$21,420.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (9 x $595.00 )(-$5,355.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$16,065.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$1,960.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
44
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
3627
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$23,380.00$18,025.00
Estimated Savings*
$5,355.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply
  • ASN or BSN: Must have completed the TEAS Assessment Score of 78+ or Kaplan Test Score of 66+.
  • MSN: must have a 3.8+ GPA upon entering the program.
Requirements
  • Applicants in the ASN and BSN, must maintain a 3.0 GPA while enrolled.
  • Applicants in the MSN program must maintain a 3.8 GPA.
Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

Financial Aid Team
(866) 508-0748
fa@herzing.edu

1 

Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.

MSN-NLA SAMPLE SCHEDULE
SEMESTER 1
NU 500 Theoretical Foundations for NursingNU560 Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
HA 610 Health Policy and Management 
 
SEMESTER 2
NU 510 Advanced Physical AssessmentNU636 Advanced Pharmacology
NU 621Advanced Pathophysiology 
 
SEMESTER 3
NU 650 Healthcare Economics, Finance and Resource ManagementNU 651 Leading and Managing in Complex Organizations
NU 625 Dynamic Health Care Leadership Practicum
 
SEMESTER 4
NU 530 Organizational Systems and BehaviorsNU 525 Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice
NU 653 Transformation of Care in Health Delivery Systems