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Master of Science in Nursing - Executive Nurse Leadership specialization

Program Overview

Program Overview

Our Executive Nurse Leadership (ENL) specialization prepares students for careers as nurse executives, where they will be leaders in a variety of health care settings. 

The program integrates courses from the University's health administration and human resources programs and delivers the clinical knowledge and administrative skills necessary for students to succeed as advanced practice nurses.

How to Apply

Curriculum

The 30-credit program emphasizes content in organization and financial management, and knowledge and skills needed to exert a leadership role in health care and nursing. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the increasing complexity and evolution within the health care field.

We offer the program in a hybrid format, with some of the courses online and some face to face on campus, which meet weekly.

With this mixture of online and on campus courses, students have the best of both worlds:

  • the ability to meet weekly with faculty and classmates
  • the flexibility of some online courses.  

The program includes a 125-hour clinical practicum experience in a health care leadership setting arranged by faculty, which can be close to your home.

Employment Opportunities

The Executive Nurse Leadership program will prepares students for careers in:

  • hospitals
  • community health and rehabilitation centers
  • managed care organizations
  • insurance firms
  • home health care agencies
  • nursing homes and hospices

Nurses with a master's degree who have executive or management titles in acute care hospitals earned between $90,000 and $149,000 annually, according to a 2016 survey by the American Organization of Nursing Leadership.

Meet the Program Director

Meet the Program Director

Mary Jane Hanson, PhD, CRNP, CNS, RN, FNP-BC, ACNS-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is the director of our master's and doctoral programs.  She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Cedar Crest College and earned her MSN and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the University since 1996. 

Her current teaching responsibilities include family nurse practitioner theory and practice courses, advanced pharmacology, and systems leadership, all at the graduate level.

She also has more than 25 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and maintains a current part-time family nurse practitioner practice, as well as an active research agenda.

Email: maryjane.hanson@scranton.edu
Phone: 570-941-7673