RN to MSN in Operational Leadership

As demands for health care services continue to increase, there is a growing need for nurses with advanced skills who can manage day-to-day operations and coordinate the delivery of quality patient care. Quinnipiac's online RN to MSN in Operational Leadership is designed to help meet this demand, and offers an ideal pathway for students looking to fast-track their education and pursue a full-time leadership role in nursing.

The online RN to MSN program can be completed entirely online and allows students to transfer up to 88 credits. Students in the program are able to earn their BSN in as little as one year and may complete their MSN in as little as one additional year.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students for the RN to MSN program will be required to meet the admission requirements for the BS in nursing program, which will ultimately prepare students for entry into the MS in nursing in operational leadership program.


Students in the RN to MSN in Operational Leadership program will complete a total of 55 credits. The first 29 credits deliver the advanced nursing skills needed to improve the overall patient experience at the point of care. Following the completion of these courses, students will be awarded their BSN before continuing into the 26 credits of the MS in Nursing in Operational Leadership curriculum. The MSN curriculum builds on the skills students learned earlier in the program, and prepares graduates with the operational leadership skills needed to function as effective nurse managers and patient care coordinators.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Courses (29 credits):
Course Title Credits
NUR 380 Health Promotion & Wellness 3
NUR 382 Nursing Science & Information Literacy 3
NUR 475* Research and Evidence-Based Practice Fieldwork Experience 1
NUR 477* Community and Public Health Nursing Fieldwork Experience 1
NUR 478 Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice 2
NUR 479* Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Fieldwork Experience 1
NUR 480 Interprofessional Practice and Quality Improvement 3
NUR 482 Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations 2
NUR 484 Community and Public Health Nursing 3
NUR 486 Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Practice 3
NUR 540 Educational Principles for the Health Care Professional 3
NUR 544 Introduction to Informatics 3
NUR 602 Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
Following the completion of the courses above, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing Courses (26 credits):
Course Title Credits
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 3
NUR 541 Practicum I (120 Fieldwork Hours) 1
NUR 542 Introduction to Health Care Finance 1
NUR 543 Capstone (240 Fieldwork Hours) 3
HM 600 Foundations of Health Care Management 3
OL 601 Foundations of Organizational Leadership 3
NUR 613 Leadership Seminar and Fieldwork Experience: Applying Data to Practice (120 Fieldwork Hours) 2
NUR 688 Human Factors and Patient Safety 3
CIS 690 Project Management 3

Please note that the table above reflects 88 transfer credits. Students entering the program with less credits will be able to take Advanced Core Courses to complete the required number of credits for graduation.

*Practice Experiences: The curriculum includes three one-credit practice experiences (NUR 475, NUR 477 and NUR 479). Students design their own practice experiences based upon the associated course content. Additionally, students are expected to make their own arrangements in appropriate agencies to complete their practice experience objectives.

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.