The MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems is intended for RNs holding a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This master’s degree provides advanced coursework in leadership and management to improve care at multiple levels across the continuum of healthcare settings. The curriculum will provide students with knowledge and skills to improve outcomes in areas of quality processes, cost savings, and patient satisfaction. Core content within the curriculum includes leadership, fiscal management, evaluative methods, information systems, healthcare policy, communication, and organizational behavior. Didactic and practicum courses will comprise the curriculum. Practicum experiences will be arranged with health care facilities in students’ geographic area.
The MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems program prepares the graduates to:
- Integrate knowledge of sciences and humanities as a basis for leadership and nursing practice.
- Apply concepts of organizational and systems leadership in decision making in the health care environment.
- Enact a nurse leader role in safety and quality improvement in the health care environment.
- Apply research evidence in nursing leadership and practice to enhance care and improve outcomes of nursing.
- Utilize informatics and health care technologies to enhance care and outcomes of nursing.
- Intervene at the systems level through policy, fiscal management, and advocacy to influence the health care environment.
- Communicate and collaborate as a member and leader of interprofessional teams to optimize health care delivery.
- Analyze the role of nurse leader to reduce health disparities and promote population health.
- Evaluate personal growth as a professional nurse leader.
- Influence health care outcomes through master’s-level nursing practice, cognizant of environmental sustainability.
Admission requirements for the MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems program closely follow the University-wide policy for admission to graduate programs. The requirements include:
- BSN degree from a program accredited by a professional nursing organization (e.g., National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).
- 3.0 grade point average (measured on a 4.0 scale) or higher on BSN degree transcript.
- Evidence of receiving a grade of “C” or better in a college-level inferential statistics course within the past 5 years. An inferential statistics course is available online from UW-Green Bay for potential applicants.
- No entrance exams required (e.g., GRE, MAT).
Required application materials for the MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems program. Submit the following to the UW-Green Bay Graduate Office:
- A completed application form and the application fee.
- A 200-300 written statement describing academic interest in leadership and management, nursing strengths and capabilities, knowledge of online technology (computer use, online coursework, etc.), reasons for pursuing a MSN degree, and description of where you see yourself in five years.
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each previous college or university attended, sent directly to UW-Green Bay from these institutions.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons who can assess your academic potential.
- Curriculum vitae or resume.
- Copy of current, unencumbered U.S. RN license.
Upon admission to the program, you will need to provide the following to the coordinator of the MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems:
- A professional photo of yourself (head shot) which UW-Green Bay will use for education and marketing purposes.
- A background check from the UW-Green Bay vendor.
- Proof of current Basic Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
International students should visit, http://www.uwgb.edu/graduate/international/ , for additional information on the following requirements.
- Evidence of English Proficiency (such as a TOEFL score).
- Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or a similar evaluation service.
- Evidence of financial resources.
- Financial Support Statement.
Persons holding a bachelor’s or higher-level degree who wish to enroll in courses but do not want to pursue a MSN in Leadership and Management in Health Systems degree may enroll as special students. Graduate credit will be awarded provided that the student registers in graduate-level courses as a graduate special student and pays appropriate fees.
Steps Toward the Degree
- Applicant is admitted to a graduate program.
- Student, in collaboration and with approval of the practicum agency and mentor and the master’s professional project Committee Chair (MSN faculty member), develops a project proposal and completes a GR-2 form, APPROVAL OF CANDIDACY FOR THE MS DEGREE (located on the Graduate Studies website) before the project begins
- Student undertakes a capstone project identified in collaboration with a health care facility and master’s professional project Committee Chair (MSN faculty member).
- Student completes the master’s professional project and completes a GR-3 form REQUEST FOR THESIS DEFENSE/PROJECT PRESENTATION (located on the Graduate Studies website)
- Student disseminates the capstone project in a suitable format (e.g., manuscript for publication, presentation).
- Initiated by the student’s master’s professional project Committee Chair, the student completes a GR-4 form APPROVAL OF THESIS DEFENSE or PROJECT PRESENTATION (located on the Graduate Studies website) when all courses and project requirements are completed.
- Student files an Application for Graduation with the Registrar’s Office through the Student Information System (SIS) when the capstone project is successfully completed and approved.
- Degree is awarded and graduate receives diploma.