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Nursing and Health Care Leadership Major

Quick Facts

Admission Term and Enrollment Level:

  • Fall (MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate), Part-time
  • Spring (MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate), Part-time

Enrollment Mode: Online


36 credit hours  

The nursing and health care leadership major offers students a strong foundation in complex systems, organizational theory, financial management, and leadership practice. The program is completely online, allowing nurses to complete the program while continuing to work. Traditional health care administration content and new ways of thinking about organizations, management, and leadership prepare graduates for the challenges of today’s and the future’s health care environment. The final course in this major (Nursing 710, Synthesis of Specialty Practice) is an intensive experience in a health care organization (minimum of 224 practicum hours) in which the student works with an experienced manager/administrator/executive preceptor on a collaborative project.

Employment Preparation

Contemporary curriculum prepares graduates for positions from traditional management/administrative careers to emerging leadership roles in quality, safety, Magnet coordination, provider practice management. Graduates have careers is a wide range of organizations: inpatient, ambulatory, integrated systems and community-based.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Courses designed to foster a robust online learning community – students don’t feel alone online
  • Concepts are applied to real-world situations developing the students ability to lead change in complex organizations
  • Opportunities to interact with nationally recognized health care leaders, including Duke University School of Nursing faculty, in courses and practicum experience

Learn more about our curriculum and matriculation plans.