Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration

Degree Awarded: 
Master's Degree
  • Earn your Master of Science in Nursing degree in 4 semesters as a full-time student or 6 semesters as a part-time student
  • Benefit from being part of a small cohort of students:
    • Graduate faculty provide a more personal education with small classes
    • Participate in an online learning environment that accommodates optional opportunities for face to face learning.
    • Participate in clinical experiences at sites arranged in partnership with Jefferson College faculty.
  • Benefit from being a part of  an interprofessional community of learners at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Carilion Clinic

  • To learn more about the faculty and staff of the Nursing Program, click here.
  • To see Jefferson College of Health Sciences Catalog, with the Master of Science in Nursing section beginning on page 185, click here.

Applicants must apply through NursingCAS The Centralized Application for Nursing Programs. Jefferson College does not require a supplemental application. The application through NursingCAS can be found at http://www.nursingcas.org/.

Program Overview:

  • This online Masters program in Nursing Administration is CCNE-accredited and is based on the Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
  • The Nursing Administration (NAdm) program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences is designed to build critical skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful leader or manager within diverse healthcare organizations and systems.
  • Successful graduates of this program are practicing in healthcare management and executive roles and meet the requirements for national certification exams.
  • In the Nursing Administration track, students analyze and apply organization and leadership theory, in addition to developing expertise in the areas of personnel and financial management, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice.
  • Through didactic and supervised practice, students gain the competencies required to implement change within complex healthcare environments using collaborative, interdisciplinary teams.
Admission Requirements: 
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Current unrestricted RN license from any state or territory in the United States
  • College level Statistics course (3 credits) with a grade of C or higher.
  • Recommendation from three professional references who can address the applicant’s potential for advanced practice nursing. At least one reference should be from a former faculty member if possible.
  • A written statement describing career goals and how a graduate credential will assist in meeting professional goals. The writing style (i.e. grammar, punctuation, spelling, word use) and content of the essay will be used in the overall evaluation of the application.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume. This document should include education and professional practice.
  • Official MAT or GRE scores if no master’s degree. Requirement is waived if CUM GPA is 3.0 or greater.
  • Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field of study other than nursing must meet the following program course prerequisites
    • Completion of NSG 490, Contemporary Nursing Issues with a B or better
    • Completion of a college level research course with a C or better
Other Information: 
Nursing Administration Sample Program of Study (36 credits)

Fall Semester
Organizational Behavior and Theory (3)
Quality and Safety in Healthcare (3)
Human Resources (3)  

Spring Semester
Health Systems & Policy (3)
Translation of Evidence (3)
Population Diversity (3) 

Fall Semester
Ethical and Legal Issues in Practice (3)
Administrative Residency (3)
Collaboration and Interprofessional Leadership (3)

Spring Semester
Informatics & Data Management (3)      
Financial Management in Healthcare (3)
Advanced Practice Roles & Leadership (1)

More About the Master of Science in Nursing Programs at Jefferson

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