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BSN-to-MSN - Nursing Executive

Current RNs who wish to develop the managerial skills needed to assume higher-level positions in healthcare settings could benefit from Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing-to-Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Executive program. Read more here about this online BSN-to-MSN program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nurse Executive

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

A bachelor's degree in nursing and current RN licensure is needed to enroll in this Master of Science in Nursing program. Potential students should also have an interest in preparing for a leadership position within a healthcare setting. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Leadership strategies in healthcare systems, budgeting, and healthcare organizational management are among the main focuses of Walden University's BSN-to-MSN program with a Nurse Executive specialization. Some topics students could expect to review in specialization courses include healthcare administration functions, resource management, nurse administrator roles, and delivery of quality healthcare. In an optional health policy sub-specialization, students could learn more about health policy development, healthcare delivery challenges, and issues in local and federal healthcare policies. There is also an optional sub-specialization in risk management option, which provides studies in healthcare quality assurance methods, patient safety, and compliance with healthcare regulations. All students must also complete a project in the healthcare delivery environment. Core classes cover strategies for improving population health, technological applications in the healthcare industry, organizational leadership practices, and evidence-based nursing practice in areas of patient care safety and quality.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

53-63 quarter credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a BSN-to-MSN with a specialization in Nurse Executive:

Students of this MSN program must earn 20 credits in core coursework and 30 credits in specialization courses as well as a 3-credit foundation class. Students can also choose a optional 10-credit sub-specialization. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health
  • Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology
  • Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice
  • Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership

Specialization Courses: Nurse Executive (30 credits)

  • Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare
  • Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes
  • Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations
  • Capstone Synthesis Practicum

Optional Specialization Courses: Health Policy (10 credits)

  • Introduction to Healthcare Policy
  • Current Issues in Health Policy

Optional Specialization Courses: Risk Management (10 credits)

  • Healthcare Quality Assurance and Risk Management in Healthcare Organizations
  • Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While in some cases an MSN degree could be terminal for those in clinical settings, graduates of the BSN-to-MSN - Nurse Executive program seeking academic or research careers could go on to study in a doctoral degree program. They could choose to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or PhD in Nursing.

Career Paths:

After successfully completing the BSN-to-MSN with Nurse Executive specialization, graduates might apply the leadership skills and advanced knowledge of healthcare systems and processes they could have developed to directorial or managerial positions. They could oversee nursing staff in hospitals, clinics, group medical offices, or outpatient facilities. Their responsibilities could include managing nurse training, arranging shifts, developing nursing department budgets, and ensuring patient care safety and satisfaction.

Some likely career titles for graduates include:

  • Head nurse
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Director of nursing
  • Nursing policy manager

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