Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership Online

Kent State's Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership concentration will prepare you for mid- to upper-level management, administrative, and leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings.

The 100% online Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership MSN/Post-graduate Certificate concentration integrates management and nursing knowledge for students to develop skills and competencies in management, health care leadership, and advanced nursing.

In this concentration, students are exposed to a holistic approach to leadership and management. Courses cover essential managerial/executive competencies, with a unique emphasis on health care policy and the legal and regulatory issues facing the healthcare leader.

Practicum experiences pair students with healthcare administrators, managers, and executives from top organizations in the region for mentoring and development. Since there are two practicum courses, students can explore multiple leadership paths under the guidance of their faculty advisor.


Why Kent State? We offer you:  

  • Mentoring and advising from faculty who bring unique perspectives grounded in clinical and management experience, and bring excitement and interest to their teaching and research
  • 100% Online courses
  • Full- and part-time customizable academic plans
  • Regional precepting experiences with healthcare leaders and managers
  • Fall and spring semester start dates
  • An exceptional, top-quality nursing program that’s affordable

All successful graduates will possess the educational requirements to apply for certification as a nursing manager or executive.

The excellent reputation of the graduate nursing and business programs at Kent State has served students well. Our graduates occupy leadership positions in top medical centers, hospitals, and private and public organizations.


Admissions Criteria

We invite you to apply to the MSN program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program.1
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate/graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale. 2
  • The completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.
  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which clinical coursework will be completed.

Additional Requirements

  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Essay (2-3 pages) describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and professional goals.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 560 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 83 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 78 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 55 PTE score
Admission to the MSN degree is a selective process. In the selection process for applicants, program faculty will consider years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific MSN concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's résumé, along with GPA and intent for full-time study.
1. Applicants with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on faculty review of a portfolio submitted with the application.
2. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University's Graduate Student Admission Policy.
Additional Requirements


The Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership concentration is 35 credit hours which includes 300 practicum hours.

Below you will find a sample curriculum plan for 2-year full-time students. Other options for part-time plans of study are also available.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • NURS 60014: Leadership in Nursing and Health Care Management / 3 credits
  • NURS 60010: Advanced Nursing Informatics / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60403: Methods of Inquiry / 3 credits
  • NURS 60024: Health Care Organization Structure and Behavior / 3 credits
  • NURS 60020: Legal and Regulatory Management for Nurse Administrators / 3 credits
Year 2

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60315: Budgetary and Fiscal Management for Nurses / 3 credits
  • NURS 60025: Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • NURS 64202: Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership Seminar I / 2 credits
  • NURS 64292: Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership Practicum I (150 hours) / 2 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 64002: Program Development and Evaluation for Nurse Administrators / 3 credits
  • NURS 64302: Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership Seminar II / 2 credits
  • NURS 64392: Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership Practicum II (150 hours) / 2 credits

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Post-Master's Certificate

We also offer a Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership post-master's certificate for nurses who already hold a Master's degree or higher in nursing.

Learn more about the Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership post-master's certificate

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership course instructors:

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Yvonne Smith

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Kimberly Cleveland

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Karen Mascolo
Assistant Professor


Get to know all of the MSN Faculty

Begin Your Transformation

Discover why Kent State's Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership concentration is right for you. Enrollment advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.

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