RN to MSN in Operational Leadership

Accelerate your growth as an operational leader.

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 90 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.

Spring Application Deadline: January 14
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Curriculum Overview

The online RN to MSN in operational leadership (RN to MSN) is a total of 140 credits and is ideal for RN nurses who are interested in pursuing their master's degree. Students are eligible to enter the program with 68-90 transfer credits. The coursework prepares students with career-ready skills, both at the point of care and on a larger organizational leadership level. Graduates will leave the program well-equipped to help coordinate care in a variety of health care settings, while maintaining the highest quality of patient safety and care.

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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.

Admission Requirements


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