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What Courses Can I Expect to Take in an MSN Nurse Executive Degree Program?

A program with real-world focus can propel your nursing career.

Ready to launch your career in nursing leadership and management? Depending on where you are in your education, you have multiple routes to earning a Master of Science in Nursing. To focus on becoming a nurse executive, one of the first steps is to select a program that offers the appropriate specialization.

Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online degree program offers a Nurse Executive specialization in both a course-based and competency-based format. The course-based format has a variety of tracks, depending on whether you already have a BSN degree. The program starts with foundation or core courses, and may include choices such as Issues and Trends in Nursing, Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology, and Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health. Walden's online MSN program specializations also feature a variety of courses. Here are a few:

What Courses Can I Expect to Take in an MSN Nurse Executive Degree Program?

  • Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership: The MSN nursing program prepares students to be leaders in healthcare. This course focuses specifically on leadership and management theories that apply directly to the real-world practice of nursing in an ever-evolving system. You'll examine and discuss current schools of thought and the impact of changes that are transforming the profession.
  • Managing Human Resources: Nurse mentoring and personnel leadership are essential functions of nurse administrators. Students in this course review the nurse administrator’s role and responsibilities, and current legal, ethical, professional, and practice policies and standards. You'll also learn about technology that supports human resources tasks and about the value of staff satisfaction and interorganizational collaboration.
  • Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery: Learn about the fundamentals of finance and budgeting in healthcare delivery and apply financial principles, such as budgeting processes used in multiple healthcare settings and the nurse administrator’s responsibilities within the context of leading and managing resources. Explore budget development and management of operational and capital resources, and also explore the influence of private and public policies and budgeting models.
  • Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations: Healthcare organizations have organizational goals, and nurse administrators in those settings need to understand the planning and implementation processes. Students in this course take a case study approach that makes examining the strategic planning process come to life. You’ll apply leadership and management principles designed to help you think through ways to effect positive social change in patient populations.

Studying for your MSN degree at Walden University can help prepare you with the essential management and leadership skills you need to help shape the future of healthcare.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering an MSN program with eight specializations. Expand your career options and earn your degree using two convenient, flexible learning platforms that fits your busy life.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,