Improve the delivery of care and create positive outcomes with an online MSN NA.

Get ready to make a positive impact on the delivery of care well beyond the bedside with Marian University’s Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Administration Track. Our nursing and healthcare management courses will prepare you to improve patient outcomes by developing the skills you need to lead healthcare organizations.

Marian’s 35-credit MSN Nursing Administration is designed for registered nurses with a BSN who are ready to expand their knowledge, take on management positions, and increase their earning potential. Offered as a full-time program, courses are a unique blend of traditional graduate and competency-based coursework.  As we structured this program for busy professionals, there is flexibility as to the number of courses students can take at a time.  A 225-hour practicum course lets students work directly with nurse leaders to integrate didactic learning.

No on-campus time is required to earn our MSN NA, which aligns with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership nurse manager and nurse executive competencies. Completion is possible in as few as eight semesters with all didactic courses offered 100% online and the practicum offered close to home. Apply throughout the year with new cohorts starting each fall and spring.

Learn to lead nursing teams and departments. Earn your MSN in Nursing Administration.

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    What can I do with an MSN in Nursing Administration?

    Our MSN Nursing Administration track teaches the business, communication, and management skills needed to lead nursing teams, hospital departments, and healthcare organizations in roles such as:

    • Chief Nursing Officer / CNO
    • Chief Nursing Executive
    • Vice President of Nursing
    • Nurse Administrator
    • Director of Nursing
    • Nurse Manager
    • Clinic Manager
    • Unit Manager
    • Director of Quality Improvement
    • Clinical Quality Manager

    How do I become a nurse administrator?

    Complete your MSN NA and we’ll help you prepare for the leadership positions you’ve always aspired to through our:

    • 35-credit curriculum
    • 100% online didactic courses
    • 15-week and 7-week nursing core courses
    • 4-week leadership/management courses
    • 225-hour practicum
    • Completion in as few as 8 semesters
    • Full-time program
    • No on-campus time required

    What are some benefits of earning a master’s in nursing administration?


    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for RNs in nursing leadership and administration was $115,160 per year in 2019.

    Job Outlook

    With employment opportunities for medical and health services managers projected to grow 18% by 2028, the job outlook for nurse leadership positions in positive.

    The MPath program structure is designed for working RNs with varying schedules, like you. All courses are 100% online plus a Nursing Administration Practicum that can be completed close to home. You will start by taking 19 credits of graduate nursing classes which are offered in a 15-week semester for fall and spring and a 7-week accelerated course length during the summer.

    Progress through the program with 16 leadership and management courses. Each is 4 weeks in length and worth one credit. There is flexibility as to how many courses you can take each 4-week session.  Learn alongside master’s in healthcare administration students as you develop knowledge and skills in:

    • Emotional Intelligence for Leadership
    • Managerial Accounting and Control
    • Business Analytics
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Health Care Management
    • Health Care Policy
    • Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration
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    The Marian University MSN, Nursing Administration Track uses the following professional standards and guidelines in the development, delivery, and assessment of the program:

    • Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 2018]
    • The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2011]
    • The American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) nurse manager and nurse executive competencies


    Learning Outcomes

    Master of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes
    Upon completion of the Marian University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, graduates will demonstrate the processes of acquiring/generating knowledge, critical thinking, valuing, decision-making, and communicating to:

    • Integrate advanced theoretical and scientific knowledge to guide advanced nursing leadership in diverse practice settings.
    • Integrate outcome data, evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care to improve population health outcomes.
    • Apply leadership and inter-professional skills in healthcare delivery systems to ensure safe and quality care.
    • Apply principles of information systems and population health to deliver evidence-based, culturally relevant strategies for individuals, families, and aggregate populations.
    • Employ collaborative strategies to advance the profession of nursing through the integration of theory, research, policy, and practice excellence.
    • Advocate for social justice and healthcare policy that promotes safe, cost-effective, and equitable outcomes.
    • Demonstrate critical and self-reflective thinking that promotes advanced role competency and professional accountability.


    Nursing department mission statement
    The Nursing Department is an integral, dynamic, and innovative entity committed to the education and preparation of diverse health care professionals in a faith-based academic institution while improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the application of evidence-based practice in a global environment.

    Nursing department program philosophy
    Provide state of the art undergraduate and graduate nursing education that endows nursing graduates with the knowledge, values, and skills to work within collaborative interdisciplinary teams to provide safe patient-centered care in any setting. Through the use of research evidence, health informatics, and knowledge of quality improvement, graduates will have the skill set to lead change in individual patient care settings, the community, and the nursing profession.

    The undergraduate and graduate programs will provide a curriculum which fosters personal growth, professional development, and a commitment of service to the profession, lifelong learning, a community of respect, a commitment to social justice, and the freedom to explore spiritual traditions.

    Master of Science in Nursing Program Goals
    The mission and philosophy of the Nursing Department serve as a foundation for the development of graduate program goals. The nursing graduate program goals are to:
    • Provide nursing programs grounded in Judeo-Christian tradition.
    • Prepare learners for life-long learning in formal and informal settings.
    • Provide nursing education that prepares students to practice nursing in various settings with diverse populations.


    The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Marian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

    Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


    Admission Requirements
    Applications to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are open and reviewed on a rolling basis for both fall and spring semester cohorts. Deadlines for applicant submission is July 15 for fall semester start and December 15 for spring semester start.

    Admission to the graduate program is competitive with selection of students based on academic acumen, congruent professional goals with program track, work experience (if applicable), and professional references.

    Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are required to submit a complete admission packet to the Office of Admission by the deadline specific to the starting term.

    Application Requirements
    Earned Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.

    Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.

    Unencumbered Wisconsin Registered Nurse (RN) license.

    A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the BSN degree.

    Successful completion of an undergraduate course in statistics within the last five (5) years. Statistics course must include content on descriptive and inferential statistics.

    Two (2) professional references.

    Resume/curriculum vitae.

    Professional goal statement.

    Professional Goal Statement
    All applicants will submit a 4-page, double-spaced maximum length goal statement that addresses the following (please use as headings):

      • Reasons for choosing Marian University
      • Reasons for choosing the Nursing Administration program
      • Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in graduate school
      • Preparations for the rigors of graduate education
      • Short and long-term professional goals


    Kimberly Udlis, PhD
    Associate Dean of Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator

    KateLynn Schneider, DNP
    Graduate Program Director

    Katie Hughes, DNP
    Undergraduate Program Director

    Lori Yogerst, RN, MSN
    Coordinator, RN to BSN Program

    Anne Rosploch, MSN
    Coordinator, Nursing Resource and Simulation Center

    Darlene Adelmeyer, MSN
    Assistant Professor

    Tammy Chapin, PhD
    Assistant Professor/Nursing Learning Specialist 

    Christine Laurent, MSN
    Associate Professor

    Jennifer Nicpon, DNP
    Assistant Professor 

    Nancy Noble, MSN
    Associate Professor

    Cheryl Passel, PhD
    Assistant Professor

    Karen Roberts, MSN
    Associate Professor

    Kari Steinbeck, MSN
    Assistant Professor

    Breana Sutfin, MSN
    Assistant Professor

    Melissa Zar, MSN
    Assistant Professor

    Brooke Zelhofer, DNP
    Assistant Professor


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