Nursing Administration Training Programs and Courses

A degree from an accredited college or university is typically required for one to enter the field of nursing administration. Degree programs in nursing administration are offered at the graduate level. Those who wish to enter a master's degree program should hold at least a bachelor's degree in nursing and be working in the field.

Essential Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a master's degree is essentially required for those who wish to become nursing administrators ( Smaller medical centers or clinics, however, may accept a 4-year degree in nursing combined with experience in the field. Those seeking to become nursing administrators can gain on-the-job experience by serving as a supervisory registered nurse before pursuing their master's degrees and beginning a career in nursing administration.

  • Program Fields: Nursing administration, business administration
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree for master's programs
  • Online Availability: Online programs are offered

Master's in Nursing Administration

A program resulting in a Master of Science in Nursing Administration is open to nurses who wish to advance to an administrative position. The curriculum for this type of master's degree program focuses on management, leadership, research and health care policy. Program coursework might include:

  • Organizational theory
  • Health care management
  • Financial management
  • Health care ethics
  • Administrative decision-making
  • Health care planning

Master of Business Administration

Some programs combine a Master of Science in Nursing with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Courses will address healthcare management, nursing management development, managerial economics, nursing operations and organizational theory. Required courses might include:

  • Accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Business finance
  • Financial management
  • Marketing management

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The BLS reports that medical and health services managers make a mean annual wage of $103,680 as of May 2014. The job outlook for these careers from 2012-2022 is expected to grow 23%, which is much faster than average for all other occupations.

Continuing Education

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers the Nurse Executive, Advanced certification ( One must meet certain educational requirements and complete 30 hours of nursing administration continuing education to qualify for this exam. The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) offers two certifications for nursing administrators ( One can choose the Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) or the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) credential. The latter credential is offered through the AONE's partnership with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), (

Seminars in nursing administration and management are offered as part of the curriculum in some master's degree programs. The ANCC and AONE provide workshops, seminars and other continuing education opportunities. Some organizations provide nursing management and nursing administration annual conferences. These conferences supply networking opportunities, advisory panels and breakout sessions.

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