curriculum developed with hospital-based nurse leaders
high-quality learning experience
and flexible — designed to work with your schedule
A World-class Program Created for Solving Challenges in a Post-pandemic World
The 100% online format and engaging learning platform allow working professionals to gain qualifications on their own schedule. With a focus on strategic systems leadership, our program equips nurse leaders to manage complex industry challenges and develop innovative approaches that engage diverse stakeholders to advance systems and processes for better healthcare. The curriculum addresses challenges healthcare professionals faced during the pandemic, such as:
Managing complex and dynamic challenges such as climate, food, or health requires a departure from traditional top-down, hierarchical, and linear approaches to make a positive change. Instead, it requires an innovative and adaptive approach that engages diverse stakeholders to advance progress toward a shared vision for systemic change. This approach is called Systems Leadership.
Business finance for nurse leaders
Ethics and decision-making
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The Master of Science (MS) in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership) contains 30 credits. Our program prepares you to create a long-term, sustainable impact in healthcare by leading innovation to improve organizational systems and processes with a holistic management strategy. For those who already have a master’s degree in nursing but are interested in strategic systems leadership, or for those who are interested in sampling the specialization prior to earning their master’s degree, there is an option to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Systems Leadership. The graduate certificate is priced at $6,653 for 12 credits (4 classes), all of which can be transferred to the 30 credits for the master’s degree. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Northern Arizona University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
OpusVi™ and NAU have worked together to make the MS in Nursing (Strategic Systems Leadership) accessible to nurse leaders. Applicants must fulfill certain requirements for admission:
- Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program or an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited program with a bachelor’s degree in another field.
- For applicants with an associate’s degree in nursing and a bachelor's degree in another field
- Completion of undergraduate public health nursing (theory and clinical) course(s) passed with a grade of “B” or better is required.
- And either:
- Completion of an undergraduate introduction to statistics course from a college or university with a grade of “C” or better, or a “Pass”. Another option is completion of a graduate course in statistics, passed with a “B” grade or higher, and completed prior to enrollment in NUR 530.
- Completion of undergraduate courses in nursing research (didactic) and public health nursing (didactic and clinical) with grades of “B” or better.
- A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required in all nursing coursework of the baccalaureate program or the associate’s degree in nursing program. If the applicant's GPA is below 3.0, students can be given provisional admission. The student can take 9 credits and if the applicant's grades are a "B" average or better, they could receive full admission to the program.
- Applicants must have a current RN license in good standing to practice as an RN in Arizona (or your state of residence/employment); or eligibility to obtain an Arizona license, or meet the Arizona Board of Nursing regulations regarding multistate licensure.
- Due to State Board of Nursing and other legal requirements, we do not accept students into the program that live in AL, TN, WA, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, nor are we permitted to allow students to complete the program if they relocate to one of these states.
Please inquire with us to ensure this program matches your needs and that your application will be successful.
To help you plan and gather your application documents, here is an overview of the application process:
- Fill out the graduate application form: https://www.applyweb.com/northazg/index.ftl
- Campus: Select “Organizational Partnerships Online”.
- Degree: “Select Master of Science (MS) in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership)”.
- Upload the following materials to the online application:
- Your résumé
- A Comprehensive Goal Statement answering questions about your motivation to study this program as well as future goals (Approximately 2,500 words.)
- Your transcripts
- NUR 511 — Theory, Systems, and Regulatory Principles (2 credits)
- NUR 520 — Applied Pathophysiology for APNs (3 credits)
- NUR 531 — Evidence-Based Quality, Safety, and Practice for Nurse Leaders (2 credits)
- NUR 540 — Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3 credits)
- Course requirement: NUR 520
- NUR 551 — Business Finance and Economics in Practice (3 credits)
- NUR 561 — Population Health, DEI, and Care Coordination (3 credits)
- NUR 606 — Strategic Systems Thinking (3 credits)
- NUR 650 — Advanced Nursing Assessment (3 credits)
- NUR 651 — Ethical Decision-Making (3 credits)
- NUR 676 — Healthcare Systems: Technology, Quality, and Economics (3 credits)
- NUR 683 — Strategic Systems Leadership Application (Capstone Project, 2 credits)
Total credits: 30
The curriculum is currently in development and subject to change.
25% of the credits can be transferred into the program if they are not older than six years at the time of graduation from NAU.
OpusVi™ and NAU have worked closely with experienced, hospital-based nurse leaders to ensure that the curriculum of the Master of Science in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership) meets changing demands of a post-COVID workforce to equip learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to drive positive change in their healthcare organizations. Upon graduation, learners will be able to:
- Design patient-centered and culturally responsive strategies in the delivery of clinical prevention, health promotion interventions, and services to individuals, families, communities, and clinical populations
- Develop and collaborate within interprofessional teams and partnerships by using effective communication strategies
- Advance patient education, enhance accessibility of care, analyze practice patterns, and improve healthcare and nurse-sensitive outcomes by leveraging information and communication technologies
- Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research, and interprofessional perspectives using translational processes to improve practice and associated health outcomes for patient aggregates
- Analyze how policies influence the structure and financing of healthcare, practice, and health outcomes
- Examine the effect of legal and regulatory processes on nursing practice, healthcare delivery, and outcomes
- Advocate for patients, families, caregivers, communities, and members of the healthcare team
- Incorporate core scientific and ethical principles in identifying potential and actual ethical issues arising from practice, and assisting patients and other healthcare providers to address such issues
- Transform healthcare systems to address health equity and social justice, thus reducing health disparities in vulnerable populations
- Assume leadership and research roles in developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally reinforcing nursing and other healthcare services from local to global perspectives
- Prioritize the social and cultural factors that affect health in designed and delivering care across multiple contexts
- Create partnerships that promote sustainable environmental health policies and conditions
- Analyze and promote social, political, and economic policies that influence sustainable environments and reduce human health exposures in a global society
The learning outcomes align with Standards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Global healthcare spending could reach over $10 trillion by 2022. The U.S. has the greatest healthcare spending, sitting at $10,224 per capita — twice of other developed countries.
Professionals who are able to not only keep up with healthcare’s rapid changes but actively shape health systems and improve outcomes, are in demand.
Our program can help graduates pursue roles as
- Nurse Leader, Manager, or Administrator: Chief Nursing Officer, Nurse Director, Nursing Supervisor
- Nurse Consultant
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2021 median pay for Medical and Health Services Managers was $101,340. The sector is expected to grow by 32% (139,600 jobs, much faster than average) from 2020–2030.
OpusVi™ and NAU’s Master of Science in Nursing Administration (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership) has been designed to help current and future nurse leaders who:
- Are BSN-prepared nurses or nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing with a bachelor’s degree in another field and want to earn an MSN to advance their careers towards leadership roles
- Want to build a strategic business background grounded in the nursing profession
- Aim to create a long-term, sustainable impact in healthcare at the team, system, and national policy levels
- Wish to improve care processes, outcomes, and patient experiences
- Want to develop strategies to drive meaningful change, lead diverse teams, and foster collaboration by generating data-driven, cost-effective solutions
As the curriculum was developed with hospital-based nurse leaders, this program is most appropriate for nurses who work in hospitals and acute care settings.
If you don’t see yourself reflected in the above groups but are interested in the program, we encourage you to inquire with us today to discuss your professional aspirations and whether this program will be a good fit for you.
What You Will Earn
- Your Master of Science in Nursing (Emphasis in Strategic Systems Leadership) is awarded by Northern Arizona University (NAU).
- The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Northern Arizona University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- NAU is accredited by the HLC (Higher Learning Commission).
High-Quality Education: Affordable, Online, and Made For You
Excellent education leads to great healthcare. That’s why healthcare professionals should never have to choose between affordability and high quality when it comes to their education. NAU and OpusVi™ have worked together to make a high-quality program specifically designed for nurse leaders accessible — not only by offering it online, but also by making it extremely affordable. The tuition cost for this program is only $16,470 (based on a tuition rate per credit of $549) — and if your employer offers tuition reimbursement, your out-of-pocket cost might be even lower.
The total tuition cost is $16,470, based on a rate per credit of $549.
The total estimated program cost is $18,990 including:
- A tuition cost of $16,470, based on a rate per credit of $549
- Financial Aid Trust Fees ($21 per semester for 6 credits or less, $41 per semester for 7 credits or more)
- Information Technology Fees ($84 per semester for 6 credits or less, $168 per semester for 7 credits or more)
- Graduate Application Fee ($65 at time of application)
- Graduate Matriculation Fee ($25 for the first semester only)
- Graduation Application Fee ($35 when applying for graduation)
Please note: These costs are based on calculations for the 2022–2023 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of The Arizona Board of Regents or legislature.
The only additional costs you should anticipate are for textbooks. (Estimated $100 to $150 per class)
About Northern Arizona University
Since 1899, Northern Arizona University has fostered a collaborative community and a student-centered approach that engages students in active professional growth and research. Students work closely with faculty mentors, participating in rigorous scholarly activities and hands-on experiences in business, the arts, education, the humanities, and the sciences. Steeped in a rich history, NAU has nurtured a dynamic culture of academic inquiry and excellence that permeates its programs at the university's main campus in Flagstaff, more than 20 locations across Arizona, and online.
years as a student-first foundation
College in Arizona for Return on Investment by LendEDU 2021
of academic rankings worldwide based on quality of faculty, learning environment, research performance, publications, and more by The Center for World University Rankings 2020–2021
Best Online College in the Nation (Best in the Southwest) by Intelligent.com 2021
most enrolled Native American graduate students in the nation according to Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System data
College in the Nation for Veterans by Military Times 2021
Best Online College by OnlineColleges.com, 2018
Most Affordable Online Program in the Nation by Affordable Colleges Online, 2018
Learn to Improve Healthcare Processes, Outcomes, and the Patient Experience
Hospitals and acute care are unique settings. Our program was developed with experienced nurse leaders who know what unique challenges and opportunities come with these settings. This excellent learning content is presented in an engaging learning environment because we firmly believe that affordable high-quality education, and the convenience of online learning should go hand in hand.
Study independently, but not alone.
Real-world, industry-applicable projects and assignments:
Learn to make an impact.
High-quality video and learning content:
Never a passive learning experience.
Hear from experts across healthcare
Backed by learning science:
We want you to engage with and retain your knowledge.
Get feedback from instructors and engage with peers.
Currently, we do not offer in-person courses for online students. However, we ensure a social learning environment through engaging online discussions.
No, the program is online. The capstone course (NUR 683 — Strategic Systems Leadership Application) at the end of the program can be completed at your place of employment.
No. The tuition cost is $16,470, regardless of your location.
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