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Meet the need for forward-thinking nursing leaders with an RN to MSN.

We’re building nursing industry leaders with our CCNE-accredited RN to MSN Nursing Administration and Management specialization.

Today’s nurses perform increasingly complex roles, requiring advanced knowledge and specialized capabilities. Nurse Executive. Health Coordinator. Nurse Manager—Aspen prepares registered nurses for all kinds of advanced leadership roles.

This specialization equips students with:

  • Practical knowledge of legal, ethical, and cultural issues in healthcare
  • Contemporary management theory and application
  • A focus on hospital management, accounting, and other economic topics
  • Preparation to work in administrative as well as clinical settings
  • Understanding nursing theory and specialized skills
  • Interprofessional practice in today’s complex healthcare environment

Aspen MSN (Nursing Administration and Leadership) graduates can:

  • Create budgets, approve spending, and manage overall finances
  • Control health care quality and safety
  • Perform strategic planning, fiscal management, and evaluation of outcomes
  • Motivate and manage nursing staff and assistant administrators
  • Respond to challenges and trends to lead healthcare innovations
  • Focus on the responsible use of resources
  • Incorporate contemporary technology, practice, and ethics into patient care
  • Transform communities with evidence-based, outcome-oriented leadership
  • Engage in scholarly activities to support nursing innovations
  • Consult and collaborate with teams and direct health care systems

Is this program for me?

If you are an RN who does not yet have a BSN – and need an accredited, adaptable, and affordable online MSN program – then this program is for you!

What is the Capstone Project?

This degree program requires the successful completion of a capstone project. It provides you the opportunity to demonstrate your competency and commitment to ultimately improving health outcomes. Be proud of your Capstone and show off your knowledge!

Practicum courses are performed within a clinical practice or academic setting allowing students to apply concepts under the direct supervision of a Preceptor.

Other RN-MSN Specializations

Download the 2018 MSN Handbook

Download the 2018 MSN Preceptor Handbook

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • Associate Degree in Nursing – Official transcript demonstrating an associate degree in nursing (ADN or ASN) or diploma in nursing, from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Registered Nurse Licensure – Current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, a US territory, or Canada. Registered nurses licensed outside of these areas are not eligible.
  • Nursing Experience – A minimum of one year of nursing experience completed within the past five years.
  • Liberal Arts Courses – Completion of 50 semester credit hours of liberal arts education coursework. Students who are short liberal arts credits may take liberal arts courses while enrolled in the program. All required liberal arts courses must be completed prior to registering for the bridge proctored exam.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)

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