Master of Science in Nursing

Preparing today’s nurses to be tomorrow’s nurse leader

The role of nursing in the contemporary healthcare setting involves more than just standard patient care. Nurses now manage their patients’ care in a comprehensive way, working with multiple disciplines, maintaining accurate records and applying policies and best practices in order to improve outcomes. Skilled nursing management is needed to oversee this complicated process while implementing policies and supporting the business goals of healthcare organizations. The right education can help prepare current nursing professionals to become nursing leaders who can take on this challenging yet rewarding role.

Leadership skills for nursing professionals

Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Management and Organizational Leadership program helps nursing professionals prepare for management roles within hospitals and other healthcare delivery organizations. It was designed to closely align with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials. This alignment is a core element for master-level programs and offers significant value for preparing students for current and emerging roles in healthcare. Additionally, this program utilizes the nurse leader competencies from the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). Students must have, and maintain throughout the program, a current, active and unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN).

Students will explore the principles of health care administration, data-driven decision making, healthcare law, and resource and financial management. They will also learn about the best practices for recruitment, retention and staffing strategies, including the relationship between staffing levels and quality of care. Utilizing an innovative Interprofessional Education (IPE) model, this practice-based program also teaches students how to work with multiple health disciplines through intellectual and practical collaboration. Additionally, students will complete an evidenced-based research project designed to offer invaluable hands-on experience.

Earn your Master of Science in Nursing degree at NCU

At Northcentral University you can earn your degree with a combination of online coursework and in-person practice experience hours. Not only does this provide you with classroom knowledge, it offers real-world experience. We also offer weekly start dates and don’t require group projects or GRE/GMAT exams so that you have the flexibility you need to fit higher education into your busy schedule. And to help you successfully complete your program, we provide elevated support and personal guidance through a unique one-to-one learning model.

Career Potential*

  • Nurse Manager/Supervisor
  • Clinical Manager
  • Director of Nursing
  • Case Manager
  • Health Manager
  • And many more, in public and private facilities of all different sizes!
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

MSN Program Handbook
MSN Practice Experience Packet
MSN Mentor Guide

Master of Science in Nursing at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 36 Credit Hours
Courses: 12 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 26 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has approved the application for initial accreditation of the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at Northcentral University. NCU is pursuing initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( for the MSN and DNP degree programs. NCU is in the process of writing its self-study and scheduling the required accreditation visit for Spring, 2021. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Accreditation Status