Executive Nurse Leadership, MSN

The Executive Nurse Leadership specialization, offered in conjunction with the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources, prepares nurse executives to be leaders in the increasingly complex and rapidly changing healthcare climate. Nurse Executives require sound clinical knowledge and administrative skills to function effectively as leaders within today’s integrated healthcare delivery systems. 

Scranton's graduate Nursing program was ranked #98 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."

Program Requirements

An applicant for the Executive Nursing Leadership program must possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program; have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 or other evidence of ability to complete successfully a graduate program such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses, scores from national graduate school entrance examinations, or a record of progressively higher work experiences; and be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Pennsylvania. 

Students may begin course work in either the fall or spring semester. 

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Curriculum

The Executive Nurse Leadership specialization is offered as a 30-credit master’s degree for baccalaureate-prepared-nurses.

Each student is required to complete a 125-clock hour executive nurse leadership practicum as a capstone experience. Faculty will provide guidance and support in selection of a preceptor for the practicum who will work with the student to facilitate real-world experience in the application of leadership and management principles. The preceptor and clinical site selection will be based on the student’s career goals. Examples of clinical sites include acute care, home care, long term care, occupational health, community-based clinics, consulting groups and political/legislative experiences.

    Why Choose Scranton

    Nationally Ranked

    US News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.

    JESUIT EDUCATION

    As one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    FACULTY ENGAGEMENT

    Learn from a faculty compromised of skilled educators who pride themselves in their teaching, professional nursing practice, research and service.

    Purpose of the Executive Nurse Leadership Specialization

    The Executive Nurse Leadership specialization prepares nurse executives to be leaders in the increasingly complex and rapidly changing healthcare climate.  The curriculum emphasizes content in organizational and financial management perspectives, as well as the knowledge and skills to exert a leadership role in health care and contribute to the art and science of nursing.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Graduate Program Overview

    Find out more about our faculty, graduate outcomes, student support and more.

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    Assistantships

    Graduate Assistants, who assist faculty in the delivery of course content, receive a stipend as well as tuition scholarships.

    Program Elements

    Capstone Experience

    125-clock hour executive nurse leadership practicum to facilitate real-world experience in the application of leadership and management principles.

    Career Opportunities

    acute care, long-term care/home care facilities, occupational health, community-based clinics, consulting groups and political/legislative experiences

    Accreditation

    The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Scranton are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

    Mission Statement of Nursing Department

    The Mission of the Department of Nursing at The University of Scranton is to prepare nurses grounded in Jesuit ideals, who are committed to excellence in practice for the 21st century, and have the knowledge and competencies to deliver safe, evidence-based, patient-centered care.

    Meet the Program Director

    Mary Jane Hanson, PhD, CRNP, CNS, RN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, ACNS-BC, FAANP photo

    Mary Jane Hanson, PhD, CRNP, CNS, RN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, ACNS-BC, FAANP

    Professor and Director of Graduate and DNP Programs

    Education

    B.S.N, Cedar Crest College M.S.N, University of Pennsylvania Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Contact

    (570) 941-4060

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