Master of Science in Nursing Executive Specialty Track

Chamberlain College of Nursing’s online Executive specialty track promotes the skills and knowledge essential to nurse leaders.

National certification exams are available to graduates in select specialties. For more information about national certification as a nurse executive, visit American Organization of Nurse Executive’s (AONE) Credentialing Center or American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Nurse Executive exam page.

MSN & MBA Track Option
Through the MSN & MBA track option, you can earn both degrees faster and more cost-effectively. After completing the Chamberlain MSN Executive Specialty Track program, graduates have the option to apply to DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management (Keller) Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Qualifying credits earned at Chamberlain will apply to the Keller program, so you can earn your MBA with only 10 additional courses instead of the 16 courses normally required. View a sample curriculum for the MSN & MBA track option.

Time and Cost Advantages

MSN Executive degree alone =

12 courses

Keller MBA degree alone =

16* courses

Earning degrees separately =

28 courses

MSN Executive Track plus Keller MBA option =

22 courses

Coursework includes the foundations of organizational leadership, including managerial communication, organizational change and decision-making. Students also complete a 100-hour leadership practicum with the support of an experienced nurse executive, allowing them to develop leadership skills.

View a sample curriculum plan.

Executive Specialty Track Curriculum:

NR-531: Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Organizations – 3 Credits

This course focuses on leadership and management of healthcare organizations, emphasizing organizational structure, processes and outcomes. Available September 2014. Equivalent to MGMT-591.

NR-532: Healthcare Operational Planning & Management – 3 Credits

This course focuses on synthesizing organizational and management theories in relation to strategic planning and management, changing care delivery systems, human and financial resource management, decision-making, professional practice, management information systems and meeting accreditation and legal standards. Available September 2014. Equivalent to MGMT-530.

NR-533: Financial Management in Healthcare Organizations – 3 Credits

This course focuses on concepts and issues in budget formulation, decision-making, variance analysis, financing in healthcare, models for forecasting, addressing throughput issues, implementing professional practice models, and program planning. The emphasis is on practical methods and techniques within a wide variety of healthcare situations. Available September 2014.

NR-534: Healthcare Systems Management – 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to discuss utilizing a systems theory approach in providing patient-centered and value added care. Functioning within a system, the individual healthcare practitioner learns to utilize critical thinking and decision-making to coordinate and deliver quality and cost effective patient care. The content serves to develop an understanding of different modes of organizing nursing care within the unit environment, managing care within a multidisciplinary team framework, and promoting effective team work that enhances patient outcomes, improves staff vitality and reduces costs. Emphasis is placed on concepts related to system theory, problem solving and decision-making, nursing care delivery models, delegation and team strategies. Available November 2014.

NR-630 Executive Practicum – 3 Credits  (Theory 0.5, Practicum 2.5)

This course emphasizes the application of leadership and management theories and concepts for the nurse executive role. The student demonstrates the competencies essential to the nurse leader. The role is implemented, applied and analyzed in a healthcare organizational setting in collaboration with a nurse leader mentor. Evidence-based leadership and management strategies are developed and implemented in the selected organizational environment.

NR-660 Capstone – 3 Credits

This capstone course provides an intensive experience in critical analysis, designed to broaden students’ perspectives and provide an opportunity for the integration of knowledge gained throughout the curriculum. Students must complete a scholarly project, which synthesizes advanced knowledge and skills, to address an area of relevance to professional nursing in nursing informatics, leadership or education. 

Call an advisor today at 877.751.5783 and prepare to take your executive nursing practice to the next level!

* Foundations of Managerial Mathematics, GM400, and Foundations of Professional Communications,GM410, must be completed by students requiring additional mathematics preparation and/or development of writing skills. Additional tuition charges may apply.

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Dianne“Senior leadership has noticed the changes in my leadership abilities and the overall success of my department, which are both a direct result of the education I received from Chamberlain.”

Dianne N., MSN & MBA Track Option

Nursing Executive Career Opportunities

The Executive Specialty Track prepares you for roles including:

  • Nurse Executive
  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Healthcare Administrator