The health care industry is changing at a rapid pace. In many instances, our answers to yesterday's problems may not be sophisticated enough to address the scenarios of tomorrow. Our Health System Management and Leadership program prepares you with skills in nursing and operations, patient safety and service excellence, strategy and finance, inter-professional collaboration, human resource management and transformational leadership and the development of innovative care delivery models. You will receive a strong foundation with coursework tailored to your level of experience. The complexity of the U.S. health care system requires nurse leaders and executives to be prepared for global systems thinking in a variety of settings.
The online degree can be completed in five semesters and, upon completion, you will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the national certification exam as a nurse executive through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and as a nurse manager and leader through AONE. Each organization has additional eligibility requirements based on experience.
Entry month: August 2014NursingCAS Deadline: June 1
Due to state-specific Board of Nursing clinical requirements, we cannot accept applications for the family nurse practitioner, nurse educator or health systems management and leadership programs from Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.
The steps below outline the application process for the health systems management and leadership program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through the nursing centralized application process (NursingCAS) as well as a supplemental application form. Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:
Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis for conditional admission. In the event of conditional admission, the applicant must complete the first nine credits of the required graduate nursing curriculum at Samford University with a B or better in each course attempted. Failure to meet the requirement as stated will prevent progression in the graduate program.
The health systems management and leadership curriculum requires 30 credit hours and 500 clinical practice hours to graduate.
Fall I semester includes: Health Care Systems and Management (3 credits; 45 hours field experience) and Statistics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits).
Spring II semester includes: Resource Management (3 credits; 50 hours field experience) and Research, Theory & Quality Improvement (3 credits)
Summer III semester includes: Financial and Project Management (3 credits) and Population Health & Policy (3 credits).
Fall IV semester includes: Management Practicum (3 credits; 135 hours field experience) and Ethical Leadership and Collaboration (3 credits).
Spring V semester includes: Management Outcomes Practicum (6 credits; 270 hours field experience).
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