MS in Nursing in Operational Leadership

Redefine quality care one patient at a time.

The evolution of health care has created new opportunities for nurse leaders to emerge and advance within the field. There is a growing demand for nurses with advanced business, leadership and care coordination training who demonstrate the ability to adapt to any situation and do what is necessary to deliver the highest quality of patient care.

Quinnipiac University's online master of science in nursing in operational leadership was designed to prepare practicing nurses with the advanced skills needed to function as effective team leaders. With a strong focus on operational leadership, you will gain a deeper understanding of health care systems and organizational dynamics, allowing you to become a more efficient decision maker who can drive improvements in quality care and patient safety – all without sacrificing the personal attention that each patient deserves.

This MSN program may be completed entirely online and was designed with working professionals in mind, allowing students to enhance their skills without interrupting their careers.

Application Deadline: January 14
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Curriculum Overview

The online masters in nursing in operational leadership (MSN) is a 29-credit program ideal for those seeking leadership positions in care coordination, clinical education or informatics in a variety of health care settings. The coursework prepares nurse leaders to advance their role within health care systems through a focus in areas such as health policy, organizational leadership, epidemiology and health care management.

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Program Outcomes

Graduates of the MSN program are prepared for higher level professional practice and leadership roles in a variety of health care settings, as well as advanced study at the doctoral level. Specifically, graduates will be able to:

  1. Incorporate knowledge from the sciences and humanities for improvement of health care across diverse settings.
  2. Demonstrate leadership abilities encompassing ethical and critical decision-making that embraces a systems perspective.
  3. Apply appropriate measurement and analysis methods related to organizational quality and safety.
  4. Apply evidence-based findings to resolve practice problems, and serve as a catalyst for change.
  5. Use informatics and health care technology to integrate and coordinate care.
  6. Participate in policy development and advocacy strategies at the system level to influence health and health care.
  7. Collaborate effectively on interprofessional teams to improve health outcomes.
  8. Integrate principles of clinical and population health into care delivery and management.
  9. Deliver direct and/or indirect nursing practice interventions at the master’s level of practice.

Our expert faculty is made up of insightful scholars and experienced professionals who use a student-centered approach to teaching to provide more enriching educational experiences. Graduates are equipped to provide quality care for diverse individuals, families, communities and populations in a wide range of settings.

Located within the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, the School of Nursing features a pediatric lab and a model apartment to teach students how to provide care in residential settings, in addition to traditional classrooms and seminar rooms. The 325,000-square-foot building is uniquely designed for collaborative learning among medical, nursing and health sciences students and faculty.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The bachelor’s degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the doctor of nursing practice program at Quinnipiac University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-887-6791.

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