Master of Science in Nursing Administration (MSN) - Accelerated Online

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Master of Science in Nursing Administration Online UTRGV

Take your nursing career to the next level without missing a beat at work. Our MSN – Administration online degree program gives you the knowledge to manage nursing units, as well as to implement financial aspects of management across a variety of health care settings.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership in the application of interventions and technology related to policy, research, leadership, organization and health care management
  • Apply theories from behavioral, natural, social and applied sciences to your nursing practice
  • Use the research process to define clinical research problems with application to evidence-based practice
  • Understand and apply cost analysis, strategic planning in budgeting and marketing and forecasting across a variety of health care settings 
    Duration  Complete in as few as 12 months
    Credit Hours  36 credit hours
    Per credit hour Per 3-credit course Total program cost
    Tuition MBA Financial Planning 444.44 Tuition MBA Financial Planning 1,333.32 Tuition MBA Financial Planning 15,999.84*

    * We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.
     

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    Review and submit all Program Requirements

    • BS in Nursing or an ADN and other baccalaureate degree plus the successful completion of Transition to Graduate Nursing course.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal statement detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
    • Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course.
    • Holding an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in their state of residence.
    • Cleared Criminal Background Check
    • Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related programs.

    Note: All required documents as listed must be submitted as part of your online application. To access application instructions, including a Document Upload page, first begin the application process.

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities and international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or the World Education Services (WES). For additional information, visit the Academic Credentials/Transcripts Evaluation section of our website.

    *Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas however international applicants can study from their home country.

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  • Program Contact

    Program Director: Dr. Eloisa Tamez

    Phone: 956-882-5079

    Office: BLHSB 2.720 (Brownsville campus)

    E-Mail: eloisa.tamez@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Online Accelerated Application Deadline:

    Spring 2018 Module I Spring 2018 Module II Summer 2018 Module I Summer 2018 Module II Fall 2018 Module I Fall 2018 Module II
    December 3 January 28 March 25 May 20 July 22 September 17
  • Course Requirements

    Core Courses

    NURS 6474 Leadership Policy and Population Health

    This course explores aspects of horizontal and vertical leadership central to the Clinical Nurse Leadership role. Quality management and improvement, communication processes, and evidence‐based practice initiatives within a micro system are stressed. Strategies for the efficient use of resources while maintaining safe and effective patient care are emphasized. Also explored the reciprocity between health care policies and population health, and emphasizes the relationship of behaviors as well as social and political structures to health outcomes.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 4

    NURS 6301 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing

    This course provides an examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases underlying concepts and operations inherent to nursing. Theories from behavioral, natural, social and applied sciences are considered with the aim of synthesis in the development and application to nursing theory.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6208 Nursing Informatics

    This course provides the student the opportunity to use computer applications in nursing and healthcare.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 2

    NURS 6303 Statistics in Nursing

    This course focuses on the understanding of statistics as it relates to the research process. Both descriptive and inferential statistics are addressed with computer applications to selected research questions and hypotheses.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6302 Research in Nursing

    This course enables the student to develop a research‐oriented approach to the improvement of the profession of nursing. The logic, methods and techniques of the research process are explored from problem formulation to analysis and interpretation. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are addressed. The student is provided the opportunity to recognize a researchable problem in nursing and to develop a plan for its study.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 7302 Practice Intervention Project

    This course is required for non‐thesis students. It involves delineation of a problem/issue/project related to the student’s clinical or functional area, review of pertinent literature and development of a proposed solution, along with implementation and evaluation. The student will give a written and oral presentation of the project to a selected audience. May be repeated for credit.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    Practice Courses


    NURS 6370 Nursing Administration Concepts and Theories

    Concepts and theories related to organizational structure and the administrative process are used to examine the roles and responsibilities of the nurse manager in health care organizations. The influence of environmental, technological and professional forces on the structure and functions of health care and nursing service organization and on the role of the nurse manager is explored.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6381 Holistic Approaches to Chronic Disorders

    This course provides an overview of the holistic nursing approach, along with commonly encountered chronic conditions, ranging from diabetes to sleep disorders. The student will explore interventions for conditions including recommendations for diet, herbal supplements (if appropriate), and therapies such as acupressure, guided imagery, and stress management. Treatment planning emphasizes minimally invasive wellness approaches. The student identifies specific chronic disease and gives examples of holistic nursing assessment, including a collaborative treatment plan with a list of possible interventions.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6382 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing

    This course focuses on clinical reasoning and clinical outcomes, information systems and management, evidence‐based practice, and scholarship/scientific writing. It promotes the development of skills in using the research process to define clinical research problems with application to practice.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6371 Healthcare Change, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution

    This course examines organizational behavior, total quality management, change theory and team building application of implementing change, negotiation and managing conflict in an ever‐changing health care environment. The course also addresses empowerment, shared governance and problem solving and negotiation models.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6374 Clinical Leadership in Nursing

    Explores aspects of horizontal and vertical leadership central to the Clinical Nurse Leadership role. Quality management and improvement, communication processes and evidence‐based practice initiatives within a microsystem are stressed. Strategies for the efficient use of resources while maintain safe and effective patient care are emphasized.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6372 Healthcare Finance

    This course presents students with the financial aspects of management across health care settings. Students examine the financial issue in delivery models in such areas as managed care and explore techniques of cost analysis, strategic planning in budgeting and marketing, and forecasting. Analysis of staffing and case mix, regulatory impacts and financial interactions with resource allocations are also included.


    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3