Master of Science in Nursing: Concentration in Nursing Administration

Master of Science in Nursing graduate's mortarboard

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program offers two tracks of concentrated study: Nursing Administration and Nursing Education. In addition to these two tracks of study, the MSN program offers the MSN/MBA dual degree and the RN to MSN option.

Graduate Admissions

A Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Administration will prepare you for professional nursing leadership roles in healthcare organizations. The program is offered in collaboration with the Gardner-Webb University Graduate School of Business. The degree with specialty concentration requires 30 to 36 credit hours of graduate coursework.

Accreditation for the Hunt School of Nursing is maintained through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) located at ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, phone: 404-975-5000 and information can be found on the ACEN website. The program is taught online and students can begin in either the Fall (August), Spring (January), or Summer (May 10 week) term.

As a graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program, you will:

  • Integrate scientific evidence from nursing, public health, genetics, and biopsychosocial, education, and business disciplines, for improvement of health outcomes across diverse settings.
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care that emphasizes ethical decision making, caring relationships, and effective collaborative partnerships.
  • Apply the methods, performance measures, and standards which promote high quality and safe patient care.
  • Plan, deliver, evaluate, and manage evidence-based, client-centered, and culturally appropriate healthcare to individuals, families, and populations.

Required Common Core
Courses Credit Hours
NURS 500 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice 3
NURS 501 Nursing and Healthcare Systems and Issues 3
NURS 502 Methods of Advanced Research 3
NURS 504 Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research 3
NURS 506 Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice 3

Required Courses by Concentration
Nursing Administration
Courses Credit Hours
NURS 606 Nursing Economics and Finance 3
NURS 607 Administration of Nursing and Healthcare Organizations 3
BADM 641 Healthcare Law and Ethics 3

Capstone Experience
Courses Credit Hours
NURS 616 Advanced Nursing Specialty Practicum 6
NURS 610 Thesis/Project 3
NURS 612 Thesis/Project 3

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

  • Graduate School application
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program; or a baccalaureate degree in another field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States
  • GPA of 2.70 on all undergraduate work OR GPA of 2.7 for last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work

  • Transcripts of all previous college studies to:
    Gardner-Webb University
    Digital Learning
    PO Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017

    Or official electronic transcripts to

  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from current state of residence and any other state lived in during the past 10 years, package code GA98
  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or better

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