The Nursing Administration Program prepares nurse administrators for interprofessional practice in today's complex, changing, dynamic healthcare environment. Application of advanced nursing management principles is applied in the final practicum course.

Nursing/Nursing Administration Fast Facts

  • Designed for part-time students
  • Bridge program available for nurses with a Non-nursing Bachelor's degree
  • Use of State-of-the-art computer labs
  • Online learning experts

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Assess findings from nursing biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement and organizational sciences for the continued betterment of advanced nursing practice across diverse settings
  • Develop leadership behaviors that emphasize interprofessional collaboration, systems thinking, and business and financial acumen toward the improvement of healthcare systems
  • Design advanced nursing practices that recognize regulation and national benchmarks to identify actual or potential failures in processes and systems and create a just culture which ensures continuous quality improvement and safety
  • Participate in or lead collaborative teams in evidence-based practice, quality improvement initiatives, and ethical conduct or research using translational research to generate and disseminate knowledge to improve care outcomes
  • Evaluate the use of safe and effective information technologies to support decision making, coordination of care, education of healthcare staff, clients, and caregivers in order to achieve optimal health outcomes
  • Promote health and guide the health delivery system using advocacy and policy processes that advance values and improve health outcomes of populations and the health care delivery systems
  • Lead and coordinate interprofessional teams across care environments in order to reduce barriers, facilitate access to care, and improve health outcomes
  • Design and implement evidence-based clinical prevention strategies that are patient-centered and culturally responsive to promote health, prevent disease and reduce risk among individuals and populations at the local, national, and global levels
  • Construct a variety of care experiences using informatics to evaluate nursing outcomes, and assist diverse clients to manage within a complex health delivery system while understanding the foundations of nursing care and the art and science of nursing practice as it relates to individuals, families, and populations with a commitment to lifelong learning

Degree Requirements

To be eligible for graduation students must complete all coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The words “With Distinction” will appear on the diploma of a student whose GPA, upon meeting all requirements for graduation, is 3.75 or above.

Program Requirements

Requirements for matriculation and admission into the Master of Science Programs in Nursing include the following:

  1. A completed Mercy College application
  2. Baccalaureate transcript with a nursing major from a professionally accredited program (or for baccalaureate degrees in other fields, see the Bridge Program below)
  3. Copy of current RN registration in the U.S.A.

Nursing/Nursing Administration Objectives

The graduate nursing program is designed to prepare students for Nursing Administration and Nursing Education to:

  • Assume leadership roles to enact change and improve quality outcomes
  • Commit to lifelong learning to advance a culture of excellence
  • Build, lead, and coordinate collaborative interprofessional teams
  • Design and implement innovative nursing practices
  • Navigate and integrate care services across the healthcare system
  • Translate evidence into nursing practice and disseminate knowledge
  • Prepared for doctoral study

Time Limit

Requirements for the degree must be completed within five years from the candidate's date of matriculation (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces).

An exception may be made by the director of the program if the student's request demonstrates circumstances beyond his or her control that temporarily interfere with the ability to complete the program on time.

Program Design

The program is designed for part-time students taking six credits per semester. The curriculum is organized so that the core courses are offered prior to the specialization courses. Specialization courses are offered prior to the practicum course. All courses are offered either on the site or online.

Nursing/Nursing Administration M.S. Curriculum

  • Core 15 Credits
  • Specialization 21 Credits
Total 36 Credits


  • NURS 502 Computer Technology
  • NURS 503 Health Policy
  • NURS 510 Dvsrty: Family as Lens
  • NURS 514 Phlsphcl Fndtns of Nursing
  • NURS 520 Rsrch Prspctvs & Methods


  • NURS 601 Capstone Part I
  • NURS 602 Capstone Part II
  • NURS 638 Healthcare and Human Resource Management for Nurse Administrators
  • NURS 644 Nurs & Health Care Financing
  • NURS 646 Strtgc Plng Health Care Org
  • NURS 648 Measure Org Perform Hlth Care
  • NURS 700 Nurs ED or ADM Practicum

Capstone Requirement

The Nursing Administration Program requires completion of a written comprehensive Capstone project as part of the degree requirements.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the nursing administration program obtain leadership and management positions at hospitals and healthcare agencies including Montefiore Medical Center, Westchester Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Service among others.

Program taught in:
  • English

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