MSN in Nursing Administration

The nursing administration track is a 31-credit program that prepares a nurse administrator to work in a variety of health care environments. Nurse administrators often manage a team of nurses, or a specific nursing unit or shift. Nurse administrators can interact directly with patients but are often assigned to a managerial role. A unique feature of the program is the ability to enroll in three MBA courses offered through the Cotsakos College of Business.

The program is designed for either part- or full-time study. Upon completion of the theory and practicum course requirements, you will be eligible to apply for the Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification Examination by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) administrator certification exams: Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) and Executive Nursing Practice (CENP). The type of certification is based on experience level.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

Contact Us

Professor Cheryl Hollema
Program Director, Department of Nursing

Admission Requirements

• Online application/ application fee 

• A BSN transcript with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required. Applicants with below a 3.0 GPA may contact the program director*

• Undergraduate prerequisite courses in statistics, health assessment, and nursing research**

• A current resume including two names of reference (former faculty and current manager/supervisor)

Currently employed as an RN

• Students enrolling in the WPU on campus program must have an active NJ RN license; students enrolling in the WPU online program must have a active RN license in the state they are practicing

*Students admitted based on program director review with a BSN GPA below 3.0 are required to take 2 graduate nursing courses and earn a B or better in order to continue in the program.

**Students with missing pre-requisite may be admitted with the condition that pre-requisite(s) must be completed within the first academic year before continuing in the MSN program.