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Nursing Leadership and Administration

Reach for your highest career goals in nursing

  • CCNE-accredited*
  • No wait list!
  • Program length: as few as 20-28 months depending on your chosen degree pathway
  • 100% online coursework with a hands-on clinical component
  • Herzing pledges your clinical placement
  • Prepare to sit for the Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC) credentialing exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Go from ADN to MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration (NLA) in our accelerated RN to MSN program, or earn your BSN on the way in our RN to BSN to MSN-NLA track
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Become a nursing leader in the business of healthcare

An MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration is an excellent option for registered nurses in a clinical setting who picture themselves transitioning into a leadership role. As a nurse administrator, nurse manager or nurse executive, your responsibilities may include both big-picture strategic planning and/or day-to-day operations.

Earning your master’s degree in this concentration area can help you qualify for management and leadership positions you’ve always wanted.

Our RN to MSN-NLA degree options are designed for registered nurses with an associate degree (ADN/ASN/AASN) in nursing looking for the shortest path to becoming a nurse leader and/or administrator:

  • An accelerated RN to MSN-NLA path for RNs seeking the fastest route to an MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration
  • An RN to BSN to MSN-NLA track for RNs who also want to earn a BSN on their way to earning an MSN

With Herzing University bridging the educational gap to the career of your dreams IS possible. As your lifelong partner in learning, we exist to help you walk your unique career path.

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Choose your path to go from RN to MSN-NLA

RN to BSN to MSN-NLA Track

Earn your BSN on the way from RN to MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration and graduate with your master’s degree in nursing.

  • Curriculum built to help earn a BSN and MSN faster
  • How long? 28 total months on average
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree that is often required by employers
Accelerated RN to MSN-NLA

Bridge directly from an ADN to MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration in the Herzing Accelerated RN to MSN program.

  • Curriculum built to accelerate your MSN-NLA completion
  • How long? As few as 20 months
  • Ideal for nurses who are not required by their employer to hold a BSN

RN to MSN-NLA classes and curriculum details

Herzing’s RN to MSN curriculum provides students with the knowledge, skills and expertise to become nurse leaders in diverse healthcare and academic environments. Classes include foundational courses, core courses, specialty concentration courses and direct care and leadership courses.

All classes are delivered online with 180 required clinical hours as part of the MSN-NLA degree.

Program Months* Credits
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Nursing Leadership and Administration - Accelerated RN-MSN (MSNNLAA) 20 52

*Average number of months for students to complete program

RN to BSN to MSN-NLA track

This track combines our online RN to BSN and BSN to MSN-NLA degree programs. You can view their respective curriculums with all course information here:

Required Bridge Courses

16.00 semester credit hours required EN 304 - English Composition II Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 MA 320 - Statistics Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 NU 451 - Nursing Leadership and Management Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 NU 474 - Community Health Nursing Semester Credit Hours: 5.00 NU 480 - Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice Semester Credit Hours: 2.00

Required Core Courses

15.00 semester credit hours required

Required Courses in Direct Care Core for Leadership and Administration

9.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Courses in Nursing Leadership and Administration Concentration

12.00 semester credit hours are required.

MSN Placement Pledge Badge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of an MSN-NLA 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.

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Enrollment fee WAIVED now through March 31st

Find out which degree program is right for you. Call 1-800-596-0724 to learn more about Herzing's programs.


RN to MSN-NLA program enrollment prerequisites

Enrollment requirements are the same whether you choose the accelerated RN to MSN-NLA or RN to BSN to MSN-NLA track. Prerequisites include:

  • Live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the RN to MSN program
  • Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they practice
  • Hold an associate degree (ADN/ASN/AASN) or diploma in nursing from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Participate in an interview to identify your goals and determine if the program is right for you

Your career options in nursing leadership & administration

Earning a master’s degree in nursing with a concentration in leadership and administration can position you for many types of roles in hospitals, long-term care facilities, private practices and more.

Duties typically span both strategic leadership and operational management, including:

  • Setting and managing departmental budgets
  • Defining policies and procedures
  • Working with committees and boards to set goals for nursing staff
  • Collaborate with community partners and internal stakeholders to strategically plan for the growth of an organization
  • Recruiting, hiring and arranging professional development for nursing staff
  • Coordinate with medical staff and represent the nursing department in meetings with other hospital or healthcare executives

Job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to rise 18% from 2018-2028, much higher than the average of 5% across all U.S. occupations.

It’s an excellent time to begin working towards entering a field poised for significant growth.

How can I continue advancing my career? Nurse managers, executives and administrators may pursue additional credentials in a post-master’s certificate program. Herzing University offers post-master’s certificates in nursing education and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).


Accreditation & Disclosures

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

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