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MSN Executive Leadership

This 36-credit cohort based program had been designed to address the skills and competencies required of today’s Nurse Executive. The program offers project-based learning which incorporates experiential learning into the student's academic experience. The program is in compliance with the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing graduate curriculum content. Additionally, the program has been structured for the student to be proficient in the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Competencies. The hybrid learning format is a blend of a traditional classroom with distance learning. A Master of Science in Nursing Degree is awarded after successful completion of the program. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue doctoral study and may apply for national certification based on eligibility requirements.

36 Credits Executive Leadership Track plus 500 project hours

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Integrate nursing science, biophysical sciences, and psychosocial sciences into the planning and delivery of patient-centered and population-focused care.
  • Assume a leadership role in effectively initiating innovations in safety and quality improvement.
  • Synthesize quality and safety evidence to promote an interprofessional culture of excellence.
  • Critically evaluate evidence from the literature for translation into diverse practice settings.
  • Integrate current and emerging technologies into quality improvement strategies to optimize health outcomes.
  • Implement health policy initiatives which focus on clinical prevention and optimal health for vulnerable populations while advocating for social justice, equity, and ethical polices in health care.
  • Utilize collaborative strategies within the interprofessional healthcare team to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Implement patient-centered and population-focused clinical prevention strategies to improve health outcomes.
  • Apply advanced knowledge to the design, implementation, and evaluation of patient-centered and population-focused care.
  • Act with ethical comportment in all aspects of advanced nursing practice.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing* from a program accredited by a national accreditation agency, and approved by the Board of Nursing.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • Licensure as a registered professional nurse in New Jersey. The licensee cannot have any pending disciplinary action against their nursing license from any Board of Nursing.
  • Submission of two professional and/or academic references from persons qualified to judge applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate study.
  • Submission of all official academic transcripts.
  • International academic credentials are reviewed by an international accrediting agency (World Education Services) on an individual basis.
  • A minimum score of 79 in the Internet-based TOEFL or 550on the paper-based TOEFL is required of graduates of non- English speaking countries.
  • Criminal history background check(s) or other requirements mandated by the practicum site.
  • Portfolio Assessment. Bridge courses* available for applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate courses in nursing research and statistics.

*Bridge Courses

Candidates who are seeking admission to the Master’s program Executive Leadership track and meet all admission requirements with a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing will be evaluated by portfolio assessment. Applicants may be required to complete coursework prior to full admission. Following successful completion of the required coursework (B or better in all courses) applicants will be fully accepted into the MSN Program. Bridge courses include:

  • NURS 451Public Health and Disaster Management for RNs
  • NURS 426 Leadership and Management for RNs
  • NURS 540 Critique and Evaluation of Nursing Research

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