This program builds on clinical nursing experience to develop nurse leaders with heightened competencies in delivering patient-centered care that is comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate with emphasis on patient advocacy through systems leadership. The graduate will be prepared to provide leadership in a variety of practice environments and to influence the delivery of complex healthcare to patients across the trajectory of illness to achieve optimal health outcomes. Currently licensed RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing follow a two year curriculum to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Systems Leadership.
Minimum unit requirements: 43
The College of Nursing at the University of Arizona offers a variety of programs at the graduate level. Programs are available for students pursuing a first degree in nursing, as well as students interested in advancing in the professional as leaders, advanced practice nurses, and nurse researchers. Please visit the College of Nursing's website for detailed information about our college, faculty and programs.
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All applicants must have an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Find out if your institution is regionally accredited here.
A 3.0 or higher GPA (based on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent, for your associate or bachelor’s degree based on one of the following:
The last 60 credits of your bachelor's program (BSN-MSN track)
Within the last five years, the equivalent of one full year of RN work experience (both tracks).
Students who are practicing RNs in the US but who have an international nursing degree, should have the equivalent of two full years of RN work experience in the United States (50 states) within the last five years.
RN work experience is defined as employment in a role that specifically requires a registered nurse. Nursing practice may be in clinical practice such as clinical nurse in acute care, ambulatory care, home health, case manager for an insurance company, clinic, or home health nurse; or in nursing administration, education, research, or consultation.
No standardized tests are required for entrance to this program.
Students in the RN-MSN program may be eligible for university and college funding. All students are encouraged to file an updated FAFSA form each year.
Students may enter the RN to MS program three times each year. Please visit the College of Nursing's website (https://www.nursing.arizona.edu/rn-msn-curriculum-admissions), and contact our advisors at 520-621-6676 with any questions.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
NURS 520 - Foundations of Systems Leadership
NURS 521 - Evidence-Based Practice Improvement
NURS 540 - Health Promotion and Risk Reduction
NURS 541 - Population Health
NURS 543 - Health Information and Patient Care Technologies
NURS 545 - Healthcare Environments and Care Coordination
NURS 640 - Healthcare Business Dynamics
NURS 641 - Leadership for Patient-Centered Care
NURS 653 - Healing Environments and Practices
NURS 654 - Quality and Safety Management
NURS 660 - Clinical Systems Leadership Immersion
This program requires 41 credits to complete. Students may choose either a full-time or part-time option, and all courses are offered online.
Students enrolled in the RN-MSN program do not take elective coursework. All students will follow the coursework outlined above.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.