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Nurse Leader

Nurse Leader

OHIO's Nurse Leader program is 100% online with no on-campus requirements. This innovative program prepares nurses to lead within a variety of healthcare settings and organizations. Students will learn best practices in nursing leadership, policy, informatics, administration and quality improvement. They will apply knowledge and practice leadership skills to drive change in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.

The majority of our courses are offered at both the masters (6000) level and the doctoral (7000) level. Students may complete the Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on the nurse leader, nurse manager role; or in a few more semesters, complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice, with an emphasis on the nurse leader, nurse executive role.

The Nurse Leader program curriculum features:

  • 30 credit hours (five semesters to complete)
  • 400 practicum hours
  • Admits every spring semester
  • 100% online

Year 1

Semester 1 (Spring)

  • NRSE 6801/7801: Leadership in Systems and Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6805/7805: Analysis of Evidence-Based Practice (3 credit hours)

Semester 2 (Summer)

  • NRSE 6010: Theoretical Basis for Practice (3 credit hours) - OR - NRSE 7802:  Interprofessional Theories (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6212:  Project Planning and Evaluation (100 practicum hours, 3 credit hours)

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • NRSE 6808/7808: Informatics (2 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6710: Nursing Administration (3 credit hours)

Year 2

Semester 4 (Spring)

  • NRSE 6804/7804: Principles of Business and Resource Management (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6803/7803: Health Policy and Advocacy (2 credit hours)

Semester 5 (Summer)

  • NRSE 6829: Practicum for Nurse Leaders (300 practicum hours, 6 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6935: Capstone Experience for Nurse Leaders (2 credit hours)


For more information, contact the School of Nursing.