Masters in Nursing Leadership

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.

 

 



Information Session

Come meet our deans and faculty to learn more about our Masters in Nursing Leadership graduate program.

Message from the Track Coordinator

Dear Prospective Student,

The Masters in Nursing Leadership program is a very exciting new educational path in the field of nursing that is on the cutting edge of an ever-changing healthcare environment. It is my sincere pleasure to be leading this program which is focused on preparing nurses with a foundation of principles that will help them in any area of our diverse work environment.

One of the reasons that I am so excited about this degree is that it allows nurses endless opportunities for career paths and also supports those nurses who love what they do but want the academic support to do it better. Many nurses want to go back to graduate school but are not sure what their future job interests may be. As a generic master's degree, the Nursing Leadership program will develop skills that will help you in any nursing leadership role. The core assumptions of the Nursing Leadership curriculum focus on skills that are essential from the bedside to the board room, such as improving:

  • Quality outcomes
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration

Here at Fairfield University, we have built a solid Nursing Leadership program based on the strength of our existing courses and adding four sequential specialty courses in which nurses use their skills in a variety of classroom and clinical settings. National leaders in the Nursing Leadership field have collaborated with Fairfield's Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies to develop an outstanding program.

As a student enrolled in the program, you'll do a substantial quality improvement project in the setting of your choice with the support of faculty and other healthcare leaders. We believe our talented students will make a great impact on healthcare and distinguish this program as one of the best in the nation.

Feel free to explore the possibilities of advanced study in nursing at Fairfield University, and feel free to contact me by e-mail to either set up an appointment to discuss the program or to clarify any questions you may have about the Nursing Leadership track.

Sally Gerard, DNP, RN, CNL
Nursing Leadership Track Coordinator

Career & Professional Opportunities

As a graduate of the Masters in Nursing Leadership 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
  • Charge nurse
  • Quality improvement professional
  • Clinical Educator
  • Faculty positions in the clinical setting and classroom
  • Team leaders
  • Directors
  • Hospital administrator
  • And more!

Learn more about how the University's Academic and Career Development 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.

 

Informatics Nursing Concentration

Fairfield University’s Masters 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 multidisciplinary field that integrates nursing science and information science to deliver high quality healthcare.

Course Offerings

See Graduate Nursing course descriptions for more information

Masters in Nursing Leadership Clinical Systems Leadership

First Year

Fall Semester (7 credits)

  • NS 521 Nursing Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement (4 credits)
  • NS 640 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (3 credits)

Spring Semester (7 credits)

  • NS 604 Advanced Health Assessment (4 credits)
  • NS 641 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
Second Year

Fall Semester (6 credits)

  • NS 608 Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
  • NS 614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6 credits)

  • NS 605 Advanced Healthcare Policy (3 credits)
  • NS 601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 Credits)
Third Year

Fall Semester (7 credits)

  • NS 523 Quality Outcomes Management I (4 credits)
  • Master's Elective (Engineering, Education, Business, Arts & Sciences) (3 credits)

Spring Semester (5 credits)

  • NS 524 Quality Outcomes Management II (5 credits)
Total Credits: 38

 

Masters in Nursing Leadership Integrated Healthcare Leadership

First Year

Fall Semester (7 credits)

  • NS 521 Nursing Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement (4 credits)
  • NS 640 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (3 credits)

Spring Semester (7 credits)

  • NS 604 Advanced Health Assessment (4 credits)
  • NS 641 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
Second Year

Fall Semester (6 credits)

  • NS 608 Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
  • NS 614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6 credits)

  • NS 601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • Master's Elective in Core Concentration (Engineering, Education, Business, Arts & Sciences) (3 credits)
Third Year

Fall Semester (6 credits)

  • NS 605 Advanced Healthcare Policy (3 credits)
  • Master's Elective in Core Concentration (Engineering, Education, Business, Arts & Sciences) (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6 credits)

  • Master's Elective in Core Concentration (Engineering, Education, Business, Arts & Sciences) (3 credits)
  • Master's Leadership Practicum (3 credits)
Total Credits: 38

 

Faculty

At Fairfield, our dedicated faculty play a critical role in our student’s personal and moral development as healthcare providers. Meet the faculty and staff at The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.

 

 

 

Admission Requirements

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.

Formal Admission Process

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:

Completed Application for Graduate Admission (available online.)

  • A Completed Application for Graduate Admission Form Apply Online
  • A Non-refundable $60 Application Fee made payable to Fairfield University (paid by credit card if applying online)
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history.
  • An Admission Essay:
    • Discuss a practice problem in your field that, in your experience, has a broad impact on patient care outcomes
    • State professional goals for the next 5-10 years
    • Explain how the degree you are seeking will aid you in reaching your goals
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be from a current supervisor or professor.
  • Copy of current RN License to practice in the state of Connecticut.

 

International Students

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 79-80 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.

All application materials should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4184
Fax: (203) 254-4073
gradadmis@fairfield.edu

How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Admission Deadline

Family Nurse Practitioner: Rolling until April 1
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: Rolling until July 1
Nursing Leadership: Rolling until July 1


Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in nursing to apply?

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

How long does it take to complete the degree program?

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

How are courses offered?

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

What is the application deadline?

There are rolling admissions for the program and students can start in fall or spring.

Do I need to take the GRE's?

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

Can I transfer graduate credits? If so, how many?

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.

Can I apply to this program as an international student?

International students are welcome to apply.

Who can I call if I have more questions about the Masters in Nursing Leadership program?

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

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