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A Greater Calling Deserves A Greater Education

Fairfield University's Masters in Nursing Leadership is an advanced education nurse generalist degree created in response to an urgent call for better patient outcomes and improved coordination in the delivery of healthcare services. Students learn to address the future demands in the field, such as needs of an aging population, chronic illness management, health promotion and disease prevention, and integrated healthcare leadership. Additionally, graduates of the program will provide leadership at all levels of healthcare to move organizations toward evidence-based systems of care, to produce better patient outcomes.

The Masters in Nursing Leadership is the perfect degree for graduate nurses who do not wish to be nurse practitioners but want to maximize career options in dynamic healthcare environments in nursing leadership roles, including management, clinical nurse leaders, nurse navigators, care coordinators (trauma and stroke), hospital education, adjunct clinical faculty, quality improvement, risk management, and a variety of newly emerging roles. To better align students with the growing needs of interdisciplinary healthcare, students can choose from the variety of courses in any of the graduate programs on campus.

Fairfield Egan Fast Facts

Top 75
Best Grad Program in Nation
- U.S. News & World Report
#3
Masters of Science in Nursing in Connecticut

- U.S. News and World Report

NLN
Center of Excellence in Nursing Education
SSH
Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accredited

Course Offerings

See Graduate Nursing course descriptions for more information.

Masters in Nursing Leadership Clinical Systems Leadership

Fall Semester
Credits
NS 521 Nursing Roles for Systems Leadership & Improvement 3
NS 640 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3
Total 6
Spring Semester
Credits
NS 604 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NS 641 Advanced Pharmacology 3
Total 7
Fall Semester
Credits
NS 608 Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Master's Elective (Engineering, Education, Business, Arts & Sciences) 3
Total 6
Spring Semester
Credits
NS 601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
NS 614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
Total 6
Fall Semester
Credits
NS 523 Quality Outcomes Management I 5
NS 605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
Total 8
Spring Semester
Credits
NS 524 Quality Outcomes Management II 5
Total 5
Total Credits 38

Masters in Nursing Leadership Integrated Healthcare Leadership

Fall Semester
Credits
NS 521 Nursing Roles for Systems Leadership & Improvement 3
NS 640 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3
Total 6
Spring Semester
Credits
NS 604 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NS 641 Advanced Pharmacology 3
Total 7
Fall Semester
Credits
NS 608 Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Master's Elective (Engineering, Education, Business, Arts & Sciences) 3
Total 6
Spring Semester
Credits
NS 601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
NS 614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
Total 6
Fall Semester
Credits
NS 605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
Master's Elective (Engineering, Education, Business, Arts & Sciences) 3
Total 6
Spring Semester
Credits
NS 525 Master's Leadership Practicum 3
Master's Elective (Engineering, Education, Business, Arts & Sciences) 3
Total 6
Total Credits 38

Informatics Nursing Concentration

Fairfield University’s Master of Science in Nursing Leadership, with a concentration in Informatics Nursing is an advanced education nurse generalist degree created in response to an urgent call for better patient outcomes and improved coordination in the delivery of healthcare setting. Informatics, a rapidly growing area in healthcare, is a multidisciplinary field, which integrates nursing science and information science to deliver high quality healthcare.

Admission

Applicants for the Masters in Nursing Leadership Track must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent). A quality point average of 3.0 or higher is preferred. RN applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to complete select prerequisites to be eligible for admission to the MSN program.

Career & Professional Opportunities

As a graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership, our alumni assume many nursing leadership roles, including:

  • Unit-based Clinical Nurse Leader (many hospitals around the country are developing roles specifically for Nursing Leadership graduates)
  • Manager
  • Case manager
  • Faculty positions in the clinical setting and classroom
  • Charge nurse
  • Quality improvement professional
  • Clinical Educator
  • Team leaders
  • Directors
  • Hospital administrator
  • And more!

Learn more about how the University's Career Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants should have RN and BS degrees. If the bachelor's degree is not in nursing, it may be necessary to take up to three bridge courses.

The program is part-time. Students taking approximately two classes per semester will complete the program in three years or one class per semester will complete the program in four years.

Traditionally classes are one night per week for three hours. Hybrid formats are being introduced to meet the needs of students' schedules. Courses with clinical components will vary.

There are rolling admissions for the program and students start in the fall. It may be possible to take a class in the spring semester as a non-matriculating student until the fall start.

GRE's are not required for the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership. Admissions are based on a combined evaluation of interview, transcripts, essay, and references.

Students can transfer up to 6 core credits if the courses are similar. Evaluation of transfer credits are approved by the associate dean for Graduate Studies.

International students are welcome to apply.

Call or e-mail Dr. Sally Gerard, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2735 for more information.

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