M.S. in Nursing - Nurse Administrator
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Be a Change Leader with an MSN in Nursing Administration

As a registered nurse, you have an insider’s perspective on what works in healthcare – and where improvements can be made. If you aspire to lead quality improvement initiatives, champion strategic change or manage teams, Franklin University’s M.S. in Nursing-Nurse Administrator track can help you realize your goal. You’ll gain the knowledge necessary to provide strategic planning and administrative oversight, while helping to create a clinical environment that supports advanced training and education for nurses. 

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$2,000 Smart Start Scholarship

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The master's degree program in nursing at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

100% Online Coursework

Balance earning your degree with other work-life commitments.

Interdisciplinary Study

Compliment your nursing master’s with your choice of elective courses.

Learn from the Best

Benefit from the experience of your instructors – seasoned, in-field practitioners.

M.S. in Nursing-Nurse Administrator Degree Overview

Expand your career opportunities with a nursing master’s focused on administration

As healthcare delivery continues to grow more complex, nurses in leadership roles play a critical role in improving patient outcomes, realizing operational efficiencies and preparing for the challenges that lie ahead. Nurse leaders are being sought in all facets of healthcare, from hospitals and clinics, to community and public agencies, to industries like insurance and higher education, in order to lend insight into long-term planning and quality improvement initiatives. Not only will the M.S. in Nursing-Nurse Administrator track enable you to broaden your professional impact, the transition from patient-care to a managerial position may also afford you a more flexible work schedule and a multitude of career options in a variety of settings. 

As a graduate-level nursing student, you will strengthen your critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to lead healthcare in the future. You’ll examine the advanced role of the nurse leader in the administration of healthcare delivery, management of change and interdisciplinary collaboration. You’ll earn your degree in as few as 16 months, by completing 6-week online courses. You’ll conclude your studies with a 12-week practicum that will be completed on-site in a healthcare setting. 

Tailor your studies to your career interests with elective courses 

As part of Franklin’s commitment to providing a relevant education, you’ll have the opportunity to hone your administrative skills in areas that best meet your needs. Explore functional business areas like accounting and finance, operations management or human resources through the healthcare lens. Other topics of interest include health law and ethics and health information management. If you have a desire to lead in a government or non-profit setting, you may benefit from several elective options at the graduate level in public administration. 

Courses outside of the major area do more than provide you with a fresh perspective. Your instructors and classmates are in-field practitioners and experts with professional backgrounds and experiences different than your own. These interactions effectively model real-world scenarios in which nurse administrators routinely collaborate across organizations.

Position yourself for advancement faster with an MSN that fits your life

Franklin’s M.S. in Nursing-Nurse Administrator track is designed to accommodate the schedules of ambitious working RNs, so the coursework structure enables you to apply your real-world experiences in the classroom, thereby reducing your practicum requirement to 80 hours. Not only is this fewer hours than are required in many graduate-level nurse administrator programs, you’ll also be able to complete many of these hours outside of the practicum agency as you develop your project. 

Because we honor the learning you’ve already done, you may also be able to satisfy some of the elective requirements with previously completed graduate-level management courses from another university or with professional certifications like CCRN, CEN or OCN.

Earn an accredited nursing degree 

The master's degree program in nursing at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Transfer up to 12 credits and finish your MSN faster

If you have previously taken MSN courses at a CCNE-accredited institution, you may be able to transfer credit and save time and money toward your Franklin MSN. Franklin offers course-for-course credit for advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced physical assessment, as long as they have been completed within 3 to 5 years of your enrollment at Franklin. To see if your previous coursework can be used to satisfy degree requirements, you’ll need to submit a syllabus for the course(s) you’d like to have evaluated for transfer credit. Your admissions advisor will be happy to assist you in any way.  

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CCNE Accredited Nursing Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at Franklin University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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M.S. in Nursing-Nurse Administrator Courses & Curriculum

33 Semester Hours
Major Area Required
NURS 612 - Role of the Master's Prepared Nurse (3)

This course assesses the various roles of the master's prepared nurse. The influence of the health care delivery systems, health care policy, diversity, ethics, quality, safety, theory, evidence based practice, and information systems on the role of the master's prepared nurse will be explored.

NURS 650 - Population Focused Care (3)

Theories, principles, and strategies of population-based health care are used to design, implement, and evaluate services and plans of care to promote, maintain, and restore health in a defined population. Students focus on population aggregates in structured or unstructured settings across service environments. Strategies to evaluate outcomes and costs are emphasized. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 693 - Evidence Based Practice & Quality Improv (3)

This course will explore and analyze methods to improve nursing practice and health outcomes. Collaborative efforts and ethical concerns are considered. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating evidence-based practice and quality assurance initiatives.

NURS 795 - Practicum (4)

The purpose of this capstone course is to provide the student with the opportunity to examine the role of the master's prepared nurse in a health care or education setting. Using a combination approach of seminar and precepted clinical experience, the student focuses on the integration and application of major concepts covered throughout the graduate nursing program and assists in preparation for comprehensive evaluation. The student is assigned to a health care or educational setting under the direction of an experienced master's prepared nurse executive/educator/practitioner for the practicum portion of the course. Eighty (80) precepted clinical hours are required.

HCM 735 - Healthcare Delivery Systems (4)

The course provides an extensive overview of leadership in the U.S. health services system. The focus of the course will be on the role health services leadership plays in the delivery of healthcare services, to include managing with professionals, financial management, services utilization, and other aspects of the U.S. healthcare system. The student will explore the key theoretical and practical elements of leadership as well as current issues clarifying how the U.S. health services system is organized, managed, and financed.

HCM 752 - Health Policy (4)

This course will explore the essential conceptual and analytical understanding of health policymaking and politics, including their impact on health administration and leadership. Selected policy issues will be explored through the application of political concepts and behavioral models, including a system model of policymaking. The emphasis will be on understanding the health leaders approach to the policymaking system, become involved in it, and work through it to attain their objectives and those of their organization.

Major Electives

At least 3 of the following courses:

HCM 733 - Finance and Managerial Accounting in Healthcare Organizations (4)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the fundamental concepts and calculations associated with financial accounting and managerial accounting within a healthcare organization. Students will study the foundational aspects of financial accounting with a primary focus on financial statements and the uses of the information in these statements. Students will also study the functional aspects of managerial accounting to include cost behavior, cost allocation, pricing, planning, budgeting, profit analysis, and performance evaluation. Application of these concepts will include analysis of case studies.

OR HCM 742 - Healthcare Laws and Ethics (4)

In this course the student will develop a strong foundation of health law, enabling them to deal with common legal and practical moral and ethical issues facing the healthcare organization on a daily basis. Topics will include statutory laws, rules and regulations, review of tort laws, criminal law, contract law, civil procedures and trial practice. The student will examine numerous legal, moral, and ethical issues.

OR HCM 762 - Global Health (4)

The student will examine demographic measurements, epidemiological methods, outcomes assessment, health promotion, and disease prevention from a global perspective.

OR HCM 765 - Healthcare Operations Management (4)

Students will explore concepts and theories of operations and supply chain management. The student will develop both knowledge and skills in solving the operational problems of healthcare organizations.

OR GRAD 770 - Lean Six Sigma (4)

The purpose of this course is to train individuals in Lean Six Sigma skills and strategies to improve processes and provide safe, effective care environments. The learner will demonstrate the practical application of tools utilized with Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned during this course concurrently with a case study designed specifically to use Six Sigma methodologies. Students will develop a Lean Six Sigma project plan that can serve as the foundation for completing a major project for Lean Six Sigma certification following the completion of the course. Interested students would need to apply for Lean Six Sigma certification and complete the major project with Franklin University's Center for Professional Training & Development.

OR HRM 701 - Human Resource Management (4)

This course provides a framework for an in-depth understanding of day-to-day, practical approaches/aspects of problems/challenges that impact the human resource management field. Topics include recruiting, hiring, training, retaining, rewarding, and promoting employees; compensation and benefits; employment planning, performance management systems, and succession planning; labor relations; and managing organizational relationships.

OR HIM 702 - Health Information Governance (4)

This course covers the broad spectrum of strategic issues in healthcare including policies, guidelines, standards, processes, and controls required to manage and implement enterprise-level information. Treating information as a strategic asset to healthcare organizations, processes to manage various risks to the quality of information and ensure its appropriate use are covered.

OR PUAD 701 - Foundations of Government & Nonprofit Administration (4)

Students examine fundamental public service values that differentiate the mission and purpose of government and nonprofit organizations from those of private, for-profit, organizations. The course focuses on applying public administration and organizational theories to analyze administrative problems faced by leaders and managers implementing government and nonprofit programs. Students learn to think systematically about selecting alternative options for delivering programs and improving organizational performance. Finally, students develop fundamental information literacy, computing, writing, and presentation skills required for effective academic and professional communication.

OR PUAD 725 - Management Decision Making Methods (4)

Students learn fundamental concepts and tools for systematically analyzing administrative problems and making decisions that improve organizational performance. Specific techniques for analyzing common administrative problems are learned and the relevance of accounting for public values in such analyses is examined. Students also learn to use project management tools for effectively managing administrative projects. Finally, students develop skills for effectively communicating management analysis methods and conclusions with colleagues, elected officials, the media, and the public.

Microcredentials Align with Job Essentials

In today’s dynamic work environments, adaptive professionals thrive. A microcredential - either as a stand-alone course or integrated into your degree program - is a short, skill-specific recognition that enables you to demonstrate your competency in a distinct area. Like Franklin’s degree programs, microcredentials are aligned with market and industry demand to ensure what you learn can be put to use right away. Microcredentials are easily shared via digital badges and can be stacked to create a unique portfolio of in-demand skills.

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M.S. in Nursing-Nurse Administrator Career Opportunities

Chief Nurse Administrator

Chief nurse administrators lead teams of nurses, as well as oversee operational aspects for departments including budgeting, staffing and ensuring that regulatory requirements are met.

Chief Nursing Officer

Chief nursing officers ensure all daily nursing operations for a health facility or system run smoothly while developing a nursing environment that values excellence in clinical care and research.

Director of Nursing

Directors of nursing work at hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities supervising the nursing staff and overseeing patient care as well as administrative functions such as record keeping and budgeting.

Vice President of Nursing

Vice presidents of nursing lead planning, administration and implementation of standards and policies concerning patient care and nursing philosophy.

Healthcare Administrator

Healthcare administrators oversee the day-to-day administrative operations of hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Nursing Faculty Member/Nurse Educator

Nurse educators work in college classrooms, clinical environments and community centers teaching student nurses using an approved curriculum, as well as their own expertise and current developments in the field of nursing.

M.S. in Nursing-Nurse Administrator Employment Outlook


From 2021-2031, jobs in Nursing are expected to increase by 13%

All Occupations

3,870,046 jobs
4,370,600 jobs
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Registered Nurses

3,133,126 jobs
3,403,262 jobs

Nurse Practitioners

235,175 jobs
336,473 jobs

Medical and Health Services Managers

446,933 jobs
568,713 jobs

Nurse Midwives

8,118 jobs
9,040 jobs

Nurse Anesthetists

46,694 jobs
53,111 jobs

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