Sep 29, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing: Executive Leadership, MSN

Master of Science in Nursing - Executive Leadership

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Nursing is to be Christ-centered, people-focused, student-oriented, quality-driven, and future-directed in preparing qualified persons to serve a diverse population through the holistic profession of nursing.

Components for Learning

At AU, we offer a flexible program catered to you, the working nurse. If you are a RN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, you can apply directly to the MSN program.

All classes are offered online, so you can learn anywhere. You will still meet your cohort and professors in person during a 2-3 day session, held once per semester for four consecutive semesters.

In addition to coursework, you will complete hands-on clinical training. Your clinical and in-class experiences at AU will prepare you for the standardized national examinations you may need to take to become certified to practice in your field.

Special Requirements for Admission

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 averaged from all nursing degree programs.
  • Active and unencumbered RN license
  • CPR certification
  • Current immunization record by start of program

Application Process

  • Complete online application and pay application fee
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from all former academic institutions
  • Resume

The MSN Executive Leadership track is a 41 hour program with 400 clinical hours designed to train nurses to become Nurse Executives and assume leadership roles.  The program incorporates Business classes such as BUS 501 Management & Thought Application, BUS 525 Managerial Accounting, BUS 571 Health Care Policy & Structure, BUS 573 Improving Healthcare Quality, Safety, & Outcomes, and BUS 572 Healthcare Finance & Economics, all of which are MBA curriculum classes.  In addition, the program integrates CRJ 620 Principles of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management to ensure our students are prepared for the role as a leader in a healthcare organization. Students in this track will be well prepared to test for the NEA-BC national certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Students come to campus for 2-3 days mid semester to meet with faculty, interact with their classmates, and learn new skills to help them be successful in their field.