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MSN-Health Systems Management

The Health Systems Management Track is designed to prepare graduates with advanced knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experiences to manage health care of populations in the evolving health care delivery system. 

What Our Program Offers You

What you’ll learn/skills you’ll acquire

The graduate will have competency in population and epidemiological assessment, organization behavior, human resource management, health policy, and health care delivery systems. The graduate will have the ability to apply evidence-based interventions and interdisciplinary care models to design, implement, and evaluate health care programs for a selected population. Clinical experiences are designed to develop expertise in evaluation of outcomes data for the selected population.

What makes our program unique?

A unique feature of this track is the ability to select a focus area such as Education, Advanced Clinician, Faith Community Nursing, Informatics, or an individualized course of study. This track can be completed in four semesters of full-time study (36-37 credits). Students completing this program receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Course Requirements

The degree requirement is 37-38 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Limit of two Cs in program. Clinical practicum is approximately 480 clock hours.

Core Courses:

Course Title Hrs.
N 506 Applied Data Analysis 
N 512  Theory & Research I 
N 521  Theory & Research II 
N 532  Issue in Health Care 

 

Specialty Courses:

Course Title Hrs.
HSM 640 Health Systems Management I 3
HSML 650 Health Systems Management Practicum I 3*
HSM 660 Health Systems Management II 3
HSML 670 Management Practicum II 3*

* denotes clinical course 1 credit hour = 4 clock hours

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Specialized Focus Area:

Students will pick a focus area and complete 12 credits in this area. These include management, advanced clinician, faith community nurse, nursing education, informatics, or individualized course of study.


Management:

Course  Title  Hrs. 
Acct 501   
MGT 513  
ECN 501   
MGT 611   

 

Nursing Education:

Course  Title  Hrs. 
N 502   
MGT 513   
ECN 501   
MGT 611   

% denotes prerequisite to other Education courses

Graduate that chooses the education focus area will also receive a Certificate in Nursing Education. 


Advanced Clinician:

Course  Title  Hrs. 
N 550  Advanced Pharmacology 
N 560  Advanced Pathophysiology 
N 550  Advanced Health Promotion  4* 
  Graduate Nursing Elective 

* denotes clinical course 1 credit hour = 4 clock hours

 Faith Community Nursing:

Course Title Hrs. 
N 533  Faith Community Nursing  4
N 535  Faith Community Nurse Coordinator 
HPXX  World Religions(TBD)  3
HPXX Pastoral Counseling 
  OR another approved 2 credit course 

 


Health Informatics:

Course Title Hrs.
N 600  Data, Information, & Knowledge  3^
N 610  Information & Health Care  3^
N 620  Information Systems & Life Cycle  3^
  Graduate Nursing Elective  

 ^ denotes that the student takes approved courses from another university and transfers in to complete requirements.


Individualized Design:

Information
Forensic Nursing (partner with Johns Hopkins University)
HP 583 Genetics
Interdisciplinary Ethics 
2 more courses 

 

Admissions

Graduate Nursing Program Application Packet

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended or from which credit was received
  • Copy of your current nursing license
  • Three letters of recommendation – forms included in application packet
  • Documentation of 2080 hours of clinical experience – form included in application packet
  • Resume form – form included in application packet
  • Interview required 

Effective January 2013, Shenandoah University Division of Nursing requires evidence of proficiency of English for applicants whose native language is not English. All applicants from outside the United States and whose first language is not English must submit official copies of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Applicants should request official scores be sent to the Shenandoah University (SU) Graduate Admissions office; the SU code is 5613.

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