Nursing & Health Care Administration, MSN

Drawing on the combined strengths of the School of Nursing, The Wharton School, and the Organizational Dynamics Program, this program gives you unparalleled opportunities to learn from the very best in the field.

We know our students have wide ranging interests regarding the kind of administrative or leadership fields they’d like to pursue, so we tailor your educational plan to best suit your career goals. Generally, you’ll focus in these areas: operations management, healthcare consulting, quality improvement, or project management. In addition to coursework in leadership development, research, and systems thinking, we also cover financial management, strategic planning, quality improvement and patient safety processes, negotiations, informatics, and human resources management, all with an emphasis on administration in diverse healthcare settings. 



A total of 14.5 course units are required. This program culminates with an administrative practicum in which students work with a healthcare leader in an area of their choosing.

We also provide a plan of study for full time students; part-time study is also possible and plans of study can be developed with faculty advisors.

Core Courses
NURS 540Current Issues In Health and Social Policy1
NURS 549Human Resources Management in Healthcare1
NURS 610Concepts in Healthcare Economics0.5
NURS 612Principles and Practice of Healthcare Quality Improvement1
NURS 650Systems Thinking in Patient Safety1
NURS 651Healthcare Informatics1
NURS 652Applied Healthcare Accounting and Business Planning1
NURS 699Advanced Roles in Administrative Nursing Practice1
NURS 748Leadership Development in Healthcare1
NURS 547Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice1
or NURS 637 Introduction to Research Methods and Design
Elective Courses
Select 3 electives 13
NURS 548Negotiations in Healthcare1
Practicum Courses
NURS 655Nursing Administration Practicum1
Total Course Units14.5

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.