Specialization in Nursing Administration

Lead Faculty: Dr. Barbara F. Piper

The Master of Science in Nursing, Specialization in Nursing Administration prepares nurse managers who will provide leadership and management services to clinical care organizations. Successful decision-making strategies, evidence-based practice, team building and collaboration, fiscal management, quality improvement, and creating a learning culture that supports high quality and safe patient care are considered within a systems approach to management. The specialization courses offered in the MSN, Specialization in Nursing Administration are designed using the Interprofessional Education Model to develop IPE competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Effectively communicate with members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team in the design and management of healthcare delivery systems.
  2. Employ best evidence and judgment to make sound and ethical decisions that advance the quality and safety of healthcare and care delivery systems.
  3. Create and implement a plan for day-to-day operations for a clinical facility in order to maintain accreditation, meet organizational goals, achieve quality and safety outcomes, and carry out the mission of the facility.
  4. Provide effective, caring, culturally sensitive and fiscally responsible leadership to other members of the healthcare team in order to facilitate excellence in patient care services to diverse patient populations.
  5. Apply principles of leadership and management to foster an organizational culture that engenders lifelong learning, quality, safety, and competence in a clinical care organization.


Specialization in Healthcare Administration (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
Students take the MSN Core courses, then take the Specialization courses. The Capstone course is the final course of the program; all other courses must be taken before the Capstone.
Core Requisite(s):