Program Advisors: Klein, Madler (Graduate Program Director), Messmer, Pfenning, Reemts (Division Chair)
Grounded in the Benedictine tradition, we provide academic and nursing practice opportunities that prepare students for leadership in advanced practice and education in health care across a variety of settings along the continuum of care. Graduates will qualify to apply for national certification and/or doctoral study
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The demand for nursing leaders prepared to meet the challenges of providing health care today is well established. At the University of Mary, graduate students have opportunities for varied learning experiences designed to develop expertise in advanced practice, education and management. The curriculum is intended to provide learning opportunities in high-quality clinical services, cutting edge education pedagogy, and magnet status nursing institutions. The University of Mary nursing graduate demonstrates the University Mission to prepare servant leaders.
We believe that students desiring to be leaders who are competent, autonomous practitioners, and ethical decision makers are best served by faculty who facilitate reflective thinking and critical inquiry and by information that makes sense within the context in which it is learned.
The University of Mary offers three specialty tracks of the MSN: Nurse Administrator, Diploma/ADN to MSN: Nurse Administrator, MSN: Nurse Educator, and, MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner.
The Nurse Administrator is offered in two formats:
Students participating in either format will be required to participate in a practical experience within a clinical setting.
- An on-site accelerated format in selected cities.
- An online accelerated format.
- Graduate within 15-18 months with an MSN degree
- Comprehensive curriculum founded in specialty standards.
- Servant leadership, evidence based practice and practica frame student experiences.
- Small class size facilitates collaborative learning.
- The University of Mary philosophy of a student centered learning environment.
- GRE not required.
University of Mary nursing graduate program is approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791.
Graduate Degree Requirements
The Master of Science in Nursing degree must be conferred within seven years of completion of the earliest graduate course used in the course of study. Up to one-third of the total graduate credits required for the course of study may be Master's Program in Nursing transferred from another accredited institution. To achieve the master's degree, the student must complete the selected course of study.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Graduate nursing students are expected to maintain higher than a "C+" letter grade for courses comprising the program of study. Should students fall below this expectation they will be placed on academic probation and be required to meet with the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs for determination of further action. Please refer to the Graduate Nursing Handbook for additional details.
Individuals holding a nursing diploma or associate degree from an accredited institution are eligible to apply to the Diploma/ADN to MSN: Nurse Administrator program of study. Persons with a bachelor degree in nursing from an accredited institution are eligible to apply to the Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, or Family Nurse Practitioner programs of study.
Requirements listed below must be met before admission to graduate nursing study:
Nurse Administrator Specialty
- Evidence of current, unencumbered RN licensure
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Completed graduate application (including application fee)
- Professional goals essay
- Official transcripts (including degree granting institution and transcripts of any graduate courses completed)
- Current resume
- Two letters of professional reference
- Evidence of required immunizations
- Background check through Certified BackgroundŽ and Release of Information of Criminal Background Report
In today's health care environment nurse leaders, both executive and managerial, need a broad background in nursing and business concepts. Emphasis of this content is placed within the context of advanced nursing practice in health care. The graduate program provides the student with the opportunity to identify and partner with a health care organization and nursing leader to participate in a clinical experience. The capstone seminar, a service project, is designed to guide students in the integration of nursing and management theory with a practical application.
Nurse Administrator Program Outcomes
Nurse Administrator Courses
- Designs processes to achieve quality, cost-effective and ethical health outcomes
- Appreciates the complexity of human resource management in today's healthcare
- Evaluates quality and safety measures
- Designs a plan of change using principles of servant leadership
- Collaborates with others to improve the quality of professional nursing practice and health care policy
- Utilizes evidence based practice for performance improvement
- Possesses requisite knowledge to pursue doctoral education
- Uses information technology to improve processes
- Demonstrates effective principles of change while providing client centered care
An undergraduate or graduate statistics course must be successfully completed prior to or during the Nurse Administrator program of study.
NUR 501 Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice
NUR 551 Critique & Design of Research
NUR 648 Health Care Law and Policy
PHI 582 Biomedical Ethics
Nurse Administrator Specialty Courses
MGT 504 Management and Organizational Behavior
MGT 505 Human Resource Management
NUR 560 Applied Health Care Economics, Finance and Budgeting
NUR 601 Evidence-Based Practice and Strategic Health Care Decision Making
NUR 611 Influential Nursing Leadership
MGT 630 Current Issues in Health Care Administration
NUR 696 Seminar and Service Project I
NUR 697 Seminar and Service Project II
Total: 36 semester credits