Curriculum

Loyola’s MSN – Nursing Leadership track consists of 36 credit hours in core courses, as well as an option to take additional electives to strengthen your skills or pursue a Certified Nurse Educator credential.

To view curriculum information for Loyola’s other MSN tracks, visit the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner or MSN – Nurse Educator curriculum pages.

Core Courses – Nursing Leadership Track

NURS 703: Theories in Healthcare Systems (3 crs.)

This course provides an introduction to theories underlying the practice of nursing leadership and management in healthcare systems. Emphasis is placed on developing skills to critically examine theories of leadership and healthcare management. 

NURS 709: Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3 crs.)

This course introduces students to legal and ethical issues affecting healthcare and nursing management responsibilities in an ever-changing healthcare industry. The influence of economic and sociopolitical factors on healthcare laws will be explored from the perspective of healthcare providers. Emphasis will be placed on ethical/legal issues encountered in professional nursing practice and healthcare laws between providers, payers, and consumers.

NURS 711: Informatics (3 crs.)

This course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of the implementation and use of nursing informatics in healthcare, the collection and use of information in decision support systems designed to support evidence-based practice, and the use of informatics in healthcare management. Regulatory standards and ethical and legal issues related to informatics are also examined.

NURS 712: Nursing Financial Resources I (3 crs.)

This course explores the principles and practices of finance and the impact of reimbursement models and regulation in healthcare. Within this framework, content regarding finance and economics, analysis of financial statements, strategic financial planning, and cost/benefit analysis are examined. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to decision making in the complex relationships among provider, payer, employer, and client are addressed.

NURS 716: Healthcare Quality & Safety (3 crs.)

This course explores the quality of care and safety of patients in today’s healthcare environment. Tools, processes, and methods required to effectively manage quality and safety in healthcare are analyzed. National standards are reviewed and suggestions for improving quality care and safety of patient care are presented. 

NURS 724: Outcomes Measurement & Data Management (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the analysis and application of theory and skills needed to assess, plan, and evaluate the care of populations within health systems. The evaluation of current outcome measures as well as the acquisition and management of outcome data will be studied. Program design is discussed as it relates to effective outcomes of care. Clinical outcomes, functional outcomes, financial outcomes, and satisfaction indicators will be emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 735  

NURS 732: Population Health Management (3 crs.)

This course provides the student with knowledge of evidence-based approaches to achieving sustainable mitigation through population health management. Planning and preparedness practices that proactively affect the health of individuals, families, and communities are examined. Emphasis is placed on accessing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating available health options and services that promote optimum health and functional balance.

NURS 835: Advanced Research Methods (3 crs.)

This course is an in-depth study of research designs and methods related to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The focus is on the interrelationship among research, theory, and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of research to determine its application to advanced nursing practice. Research which focuses on nursing interventions, evidence-based practice guidelines, cost effectiveness, and health outcomes will be examined. 

NURS 740: Healthcare Systems (3 crs.)

This course is designed to enable the learner to understand the healthcare delivery system in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the nursing role related to formulating healthcare policy and political processes that have the greatest impact on healthcare. The course focuses on the business of healthcare including the internal and external environments, financing of healthcare, and resource management and utilization. The legislative and regulatory processes as they are related to changes in the healthcare system.

NURS 744: Nursing Financial Resources II (3 crs.)

This course explores the principles and practices of finance in healthcare. Emphasis is on the development of a comprehensive business plan for an organization.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 712
Corequisite: NURS 712

NURS 748: Human Resource Management (3 crs.)

This course explores the knowledge and skills required for effective human resource management. Managerial behaviors that promote and maintain a professional healthcare practice environment are emphasized.

NURS 752: Healthcare Systems Practicum (3 crs.)

This course consists of 180 clock hours of practicum experience. Students engage in practicum activities pertinent to a nursing and a healthcare management role. A preceptor-mentorship model is used, in which leaders in healthcare organizations play a substantial role in facilitating the practicum. Students develop a practicum plan in conjunction with their faculty and preceptor, including a practicum project approved by the practicum faculty, preceptor, and organization. The practicum occurs over one semester, in the last semester of the student’s program of study. $500 Practicum fee.

 

Electives

Optional Electives to Assist in Program Coursework

A student’s success in the MSN – Nursing Leadership (formerly Healthcare Systems Management) specialization is partially based upon solid skills in scientific writing, as well as statistics and data management. The following electives are offered to strengthen this knowledge and skill set.


NURS 802: Advanced Statistics and Data Management (3 crs.)

This course includes an introduction to measurement concepts and theory, data management, and statistical analysis ranging from descriptive to inferential statistics. The emphasis is on practical application, through understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics, and data management overall. Commonly used data management and analytic software will be utilized.

Note: Students entering the MSN-DNP program are required to have successfully completed an academic-based graduate statistics course within 5 years of entering the program or prior to the start of the Fall semester of Year 1 if not completed before entering program. Many students will have completed a statistics course in their master’s program, but for those who have not, this course is will satisfy the requirement for a prerequisite statistics course. This course is also available to all other students as an elective, with a recommendation to take prior to NURS 920 Biostatistics.

NURS 817: Scientific Writing (3 crs.)

This course includes an introduction to writing philosophy, review of basic and advanced grammar, development of rhythm, voice, and purpose in writing, and understanding of appropriate attribution and structure of referencing. The development and use of figures and tables will also be included.

Note: This 3-credit writing course teaches scientific writing. It is available to all students as an elective and is offered in Summer Session.

 

Nurse Education Electives

Students in the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner track have the option to pursue their Certified Nurse Educator™ (CNE) credential by completing an additional 9 credit hours in nurse educator coursework.


NURS 970: Philosophy, Theory, & Role (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to the role of the nurse educator, educational philosophies and theories, teaching styles, and effectiveness in the context of nursing education.

NURS 975: Teaching Methods (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to a variety of best-practice teaching methodologies.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 970

NURS 977: Assessment of Learning Outcomes (3 crs.)

The focus of this course is the presentation of the principles for developing a systematic evaluation plan.

NURS 979: Curriculum Design & Evaluation (3 crs.)

This course introduces students to information and content related to curriculum development, design, implementation, and evaluation in nursing education. Current trends in nursing, higher education policy, and accreditation are discussed. Best practices and guidelines for the integration of quality improvement and safety education are analyzed and applied to curriculum development.

 

Sample Course Progression

Course progression plans may vary depending on start date. Your academic advisor will discuss your specific course plan with you.

Each course is 3 credit hours. Each practicum credit hour is worth 60 hours of practice.

Fall 1 (6 credits)
  • N716: Health Care Quality & Safety [I]
  • 3 credits
  • N740: Health Care Systems [II]
  • 3 credits
Spring 1 (6 credits)
  • N712: Nursing Financial Resources I [I]
  • 3 credits
  • N711: Informatics [II]
  • 3 credits
Summer 1 (6 credits)
  • N748: Human Resource Management [I]
  • 3 credits
  • N703: Theories in Health Care Systems [II]
  • 3 credits
Fall 2 (6 credits)
  • N744: Nursing Financial Resources II (N712 Pre-req)[I]
  • 3 credits
  • N835: Advanced Research Methods (N703 & Undergrad Stats Prereqs) [II]
  • 3 credits
Spring 2 (9 credits)
  • N724: Outcomes Measurement and Data Management (N835 Prereq) [I]
  • 3 credits
  • N709: Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care [II]
  • 3 credits
  • N752: Nursing Leadership Practicum (maybe taken in Spring 2 or Fall
    3)
  • 3 credits
Summer 2 (6 credits)
  • N732: Population Health Management [I]
  • 3 credits
Fall 3 (6 credits)
  • N752: Nursing Leadership Practicum (may be taken in Spring 2 or Fall 3)
  • 3 credits