Nurse Administrator Degrees: Master's, PhD & Online Course Info

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Master of Science programs in Nursing - Nurse Administrator teach students how to be an effective leader in a healthcare environment. Graduates go on to become nurse administrators, nurse executives and ambulatory services directors.
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Reasons to Earn an Online Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Administrator

Master of Science in Nursing degree programs with Nurse Administrator concentration offer current registered nurses (RNs) holding Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing (BSN) the chance to increase their salaries, positions and responsibilities. Nursing administration is an advanced practice leadership position, which incurs different responsibilities and challenges than a typical RN position. Programs prepare you to overcome these challenges and lead an effective healthcare organization. Some programs require a certain number of logged clinical hours. Clinical work is an excellent way to reinforce the theory learned in class with practical applications in a real-world environment.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, overall employment of medical and health services managers (which includes nurse administrators, nurse executives and ambulatory services directors) is projected to grow faster than the average occupation through the year 2016. Hospitals will continue to be the largest healthcare industry employers, but physicians' offices, home healthcare agencies, outpatient care facilities, healthcare management companies and nursing care facilities will also have a need for medical and health services managers.

Salary Information

Salary.com states that median annual earnings for nursing administrators (also known as nursing directors) were $105,746 as of April 2008 reportings. Median annual earnings for nurse executives (also known as head nurses) were $84,067. Median annual earnings for ambulatory services directors were $106,782.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Requirements

Coursework in a Nursing Administrator MSN degree program prepares you for managerial positions in a variety of healthcare settings from small offices to large hospitals. The following list displays typical courses in a nursing master's degree with a Nursing Administrator concentration:

  • Nursing Theory
  • Strategic Decision Making and Planning
  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Research Methods
  • Program Evaluation and Improvement
  • Financial Management, Budgeting and Health Informatics
  • Health Policy: Process and Analysis
  • Diversity and Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Issues and Trends in Advanced Practice Nursing

Skills You Will Learn

Master of Science degree program in Nursing with a Nursing Administrator concentration graduates are leaders in their respective fields and must display a higher level of responsibility and action than other healthcare workers. The following skills represent just some of the skills graduates of a Nursing Administrator MSN program have:

  • Display leadership qualities and concern for subordinate healthcare workers
  • Research, implement and evaluate healthcare programs
  • Stay current with healthcare policy, trends and issues

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Nursing/Nurse Administrator
      • MBA: Health Care Management
      • Accelerated BSN to MSN
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • MS in Nursing
      • Master: Management/Health Care Mgmt
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
      • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
      • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Education
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
  • Campus and Online Programs
    3. South University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Administrator (MSN)
      • RN to Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Administrator (RN to MSN)
      • Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Educator (MSN)
      • RN to Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Educator (RN to MSN)
      • Healthcare Administration (MBA)
      • Healthcare Administration (MHA)
  • Online Programs Available
    4. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
      • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
      • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
  • Online Programs Available
    5. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Admin: Healthcare Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    6. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    9. City University of Seattle

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • Master: Nursing/Nurse Administrator
  • MBA: Health Care Management
  • Accelerated BSN to MSN

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Grand Canyon University

  • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
  • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)
  • MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems

What is your highest level of education?

South University

  • Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Administrator (MSN)
  • RN to Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Administrator (RN to MSN)
  • Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Educator (MSN)

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The George Washington University

  • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
  • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences

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American InterContinental University

  • Master of Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Admin: Healthcare Admin

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American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

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Colorado State University Global

  • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration

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Northcentral University

  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration

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