Master of Science in Nursing - Leadership

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Preparing Nurses for Advanced Leadership and Education Practice

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)-Leadership is designed for baccalaureate-prepared nurses who wish to develop expertise as a nurse leader. The MSN-Leadership has two tracks: nursing practice and nursing education. Both tracks provide students with educational experiences to prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in healthcare administration and academia. This program does not prepare students to sit for board certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Features of the MSN-Leadership Program:

  • Holistic admission review includes professional career goals, academic capabilities, grade point average, and work, leadership, and community engagement experiences.
  • Nationally recognized faculty scholars.
  • Competitive tuition rates.
  • Full-time students can complete the program in one year (3 semesters), Part-time options and flexible scheduling is available.
  • Fall, spring, and summer start options.
  • Student-centered education, with 100% online coursework.
  • MSN students complete 84 clinical hour practicum, focusing on leadership in nursing practice or nursing education.

The UofL MSN-Leadership program will prepare students to:

  • Apply knowledge and leadership skills in the provision of quality advanced nursing care.
  • Collaborate with other disciplines to improve the delivery of health care.
  • Apply leadership and change theories, teamwork, and tools to bring about patient care, population, or environmental change.
  • Affect health policy through the application of knowledge.
  • Utilize evidence in advanced nursing practice to improve health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the practice of advanced nursing care to individuals, families, and communities.

About the University of Louisville School of Nursing

The University of Louisville School of Nursing is located on an academic health science center in close proximity to four major metropolitan hospitals. The School of Nursing is a community in which faculty, staff and students collaborate to promote excellence in the profession of nursing and patient care. This is accomplished through committed faculty whose experience in their specialty informs graduate education, supports evidence-based practice and foster advances in the role of the nurse practitioner. Students are prepared to demonstrate the role of the nurse practitioner, knowledge and skills in practice, and communication with an interdisciplinary care team to meet the evolving health care needs of society.

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