Online Master of Science in Nursing Program
SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCE AND NURSING
TAKE THE NURSE’S PATH TO LEADERSHIP
Nexus University’s Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Clinical Nurse Leader program is designed to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles within one of two specializations: healthcare informatics and Executive Leadership. Through a combination of theoretical foundations, evidence-based practice and clinical experiences, the Online MSN program develops well-prepared nurse leaders.
This master’s degree program focuses on combining the complexities of nursing leadership, health promotion, healthcare economics, epidemiology, research and communication. Graduates will emerge fully prepared to become a clinical nurse leader or transition to a higher-level leadership position. They may also apply to take the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT IN THIS PROGRAM?
Relevant skills that can be immediately applied to your career.
Highly qualified faculty with relevant career experience.
Online theory classes that let you study at your own pace.
Education priced around the needs of our student population.
Flexibility that lets you maintain a work-life balance.
Small class size for personalized communications with faculty.
What Will You Learn in This Program?
The Nexus University MSN program builds off of your Bachelor’s degree education to prepare nurses with advanced knowledge within one of two specializations: Healthcare informatics Nurse Leader and Executive Nurse Leader. In addition to developing a deeper mastery of their chosen specialty, MSN students will learn skills to prepare them for leadership roles in the healthcare field.
Why Choose Nexus for Your MSN Degree?
- We prepare MSNs to become Clinical Nurse Leaders
- We have extensive experience with online higher education.
- Higher education that is more accessible than ever.
- Our nursing programs build off your previously earned degrees.
- You learn important communication, critical thinking and leadership skills.
- There is no waiting list. All qualified applicants are accepted.
What is a Clinical Nurse Leader?
A Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a registered nurse who holds a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or similar degree and earned a CNL certification through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).4
This training prepares nurses to take on duties such as coordination of patient care, measurement of patient outcomes, care transitions, risk assessment, quality improvement and implementing evidence-based best practices.
Nexus University’s MSN program fully prepares students to become CNLs thanks to the quality of our curriculum, highly trained faculty and specialized management training.3
- Engage in culturally responsive patient-centered evidence-based activities for advanced nursing practice based on foundational and advanced nursing science, current evidence, application of research, and other knowledge from other disciplines. (Essentials I & IV)
- Disseminate knowledge of leadership principles in practice and education to effect change, improve healthcare quality, safety, and patient outcomes. (Essentials II & III)
- Use health information systems and technology resources to support lifelong learning, ensure safe practice environments, implement quality improvement initiatives, optimize healthcare outcomes, and promote patient self-management. (Essentials V)
- Implement effective strategies in policy and regulatory processes to effect change in health care, improve the healthcare delivery system, the health of the public, and the profession of nursing. (Essentials II, VI & VIII)
- Apply knowledge to improve communication and collaboration to optimize patient and population health outcomes. (Essentials VII & VIII)
- Use analytical methods and translation science to generate evidence for nursing practice, support decision making, promote safe and ethical nursing practice. (Essentials IV & IX)
CAREER OUTLOOK FOR NURSES WITH AN MSN
While it’s a relatively new role, Clinical Nurse Leader is an advanced position that focuses on a number of daily tasks: managing nursing staff, coordinating care, evaluating patient care and improving outcomes, and of course providing care. Career options also include teaching, consulting and administrative positions.
Demand for nurses at all levels continues to grow – especially nurses with graduate credentials. This demand has created a healthy outlook for MSN holders. Currently, the average salary for a Clinical Nurse Leader can range from $81,000 to $100,000+ annually1.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE IN NURSING?
Nexus University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Clinical Nurse Leader program gives nurses the opportunity to move into advanced roles that may include:
- Leading nursing teams
- Educating new nurses
- Participating in research
QUICK FACTS ABOUT MSN DEGREES
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average RN earns under $72,000 a year, while Advanced Practice RNs earn nearly $114,000 on average.1 Online MSN programs also allow graduates to:
- Qualify for higher-level positions, such as directorships, undergraduate teaching jobs and more.
- Move into careers as nurse practitioners or advanced practice nurses.
- Enroll in a doctorate-level nursing program.
- Take on more responsibilities, especially with physicians in high demand and short supply.2
A student needs to complete at least 36 graduate semester credits, including 400 experiential hours, to satisfy the eligibility for the degree.
The Admissions Process
Applying to a degree program at the Nexus University School of Health Sciences and Nursing is fast and easy. Applications are reviewed within 48 hours and all qualified applicants are accepted.
Our Master of Science in Nursing program requires a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). For details on our general Admissions Requirements, please visit our Admissions page. If you’re ready to take the first step, you can:
MSN Core Courses
NUR 511 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing
NUR 512 Health Promotion & Epidemiology
NUR 513 Advanced Health & Physical Assessment
NUR 514 Healthcare Informatics & Communication
NUR 521 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 522 Healthcare Economics, Policy, and Regulatory Environments
NUR 523 Advanced Pharmacology
NUR 524 Organizational Behavior in Health Care Environments
NUR 531 Evidenced-Based Practice, Research, and Translational Care
NUR 532 Leadership for Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Specialization Healthcare Informatics Clinical Nurse Leader
NUR 535 Management Application for Healthcare Informatics Nurse Leader I
NUR 545 Management Application for Healthcare Informatics Nurse Leader II
NUR 546 Management Application for Healthcare Informatics Nurse Leader III
NUR 553 Management Application for Healthcare Informatics Nurse Leader IV
NUR 598 Capstone Evidence-Based Practice Project - Healthcare Informatics Nurse Leader
Specialization Executive Nurse Leader
NUR 533 Management Application for Executive Nurse Leader I
NUR 541 Management Application for Executive Nurse Leader II
NUR 542 Management Application for Executive Nurse Leader III
NUR 551 Management Application for Executive Nurse Leader IV
NUR 596 Capstone Evidence-Based Practice Project - Executive Nurse Leader
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
The Master’s nursing program at Nexus University located in Miami, Florida is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Master of Science in Nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
3The CNL certification exam is optional for MSN graduates.