The demand for well-educated, business oriented professional nurses in managerial and leadership roles is growing due to the increasing complexity of the health care system.
A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Health Care Systems Management from MSOE, with its unique blend of nursing, business, and engineering concepts will equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in the health care environment.
MSOE’s MSN program is based on the fact that nurses at mid-management and executive levels and nurse entrepreneurs must have the capacity to manage financial resources, manage human capital, analyze large data sets, understand complex organizational systems, and ensure quality and safety, all through the lens of nursing practice. The curriculum in the MSN program meets this need by blending the expertise of the faculty of the School of Nursing and the Rader School of Business with the student’s knowledge and experience. The MSN in Health Care Systems Management is best described as a graduate degree in nursing blended with business concepts.
Designed to accommodate busy working professionals, courses are available via blended-online format. This combines the benefits of face-to-face interaction with the convenience of online learning. The blended-online delivery format provides flexibility to balance graduate education with work and family responsibilities.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
The admission criteria for the MSN in Health Care Systems Management are aligned with the admission criteria for the existing graduate programs. In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to MSOE graduate study, prospective students must have:
- A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited university. Official transcripts from prior coursework must be submitted
- Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. A copy of the license must be submitted at the time of application.
- GPA of 3.0 in the undergraduate nursing degree. An applicant with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 (on a 4.00 scale) may be considered if the applicant takes or has taken the GRE. The applicant’s GRE test scores will be reviewed to determine the applicant’s potential for success in the program.
- Statistics grade of C or higher in a three credit, level 300 or higher statistics course that has been taken within the last five years of date of application. If the course level was less than 300, a syllabus may be submitted to be reviewed for acceptability.
- Previous and/or current work experience as a professional nurse is recommended.
- Two letters of recommendation from professional sources.
- An essay of 250-500 words that describes the applicant’s career goals
- Successful completion of an interview with program director and other faculty. At the time of interview, the applicant will be required to write a paragraph in response to questions prepared by faculty.
- Criminal background check will be done on all students entering the program.
Program goals are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the academic program is preparing the graduates to achieve. Graduates of the MSN program will:
Lead others and manage resources in complex health care systems with a sense of social and ethical responsibility.
Have the knowledge and skills desired by employers to progress in their desired career path.
- Improve systems in health care to positively impact outcomes for patients, families, and communities.
Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. Graduates of the MSN program will:
Exhibit exemplary professional practice in the role of leader, mentor and role model for nurses.
Effectively lead and manage the nursing workforce and/or interprofessional teams to deliver high quality, safe patient care.
Understand and utilize evidence based practice in making decisions that are clinically and fiscally responsible.
Create an environment where relationships are valued, shared decision making is expected and where patient care is the main focus.
Recognize the professional, ethical and social responsibility inherent in the role of manager and leader.
Manage the process of change with a strategic plan that moves the organization forward with an awareness of systems and operational issues.
Embrace the use of a variety of technologies as an efficient and effective method to support data drive decisions as well as deliver high quality patient care.
- Value the importance of engaging in ongoing personal and professional development through a process of lifelong learning.
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Last updated December 4, 2015