Leadership

The MSN Leadership track will prepare graduates to function at an advanced level in the health care environment regarding politics and legislation, budgeting and economics, and leadership and management, such that these nurses may positively impact the management aspects of nursing and health care in society.

The Leadership option seeks applicants who are currently in management, administrative, or executive positions in health care or those who wish to seek such positions.

Students will learn sound, theoretically based economic and management principles that will allow them to function efficiently in the business aspects of the health care system and make informed, evidence-based decision

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Unconditional Admission

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a professionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Unencumbered license to practice nursing in the United States
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater
  • Completed College of Nursing admission application (see "How to Apply" below).
  • Written statement of professional goals and the role of graduate education in achieving those goals
  • For international students, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

Conditional Admission
Conditional admission may be considered on a case-by-case basis for the applicant who does not fully meet admission requirements. The conditionally admitted student must have three years of full-time experience as a registered nurse. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

1. Apply online here.

2. Send to UNA Graduate Admissions (UNA Box 5011, Florence, AL 35632):

  • All official transcripts
  • Goals Statement (may also be uploaded to student's application after submitting payment)

Clinical practice will take place in health care settings with an approved preceptor in the student’s geographical area.

  • NU 682- Practicum I (90 clinical hours required): The practicum experience is designed to integrate theory and evidence-based leadership and management practices into the healthcare setting. Learners select an experienced mid-level nurse manager or leader in the healthcare setting. Learners should select a nurse leader or manager preceptor where they will have exposure to all aspects of the role, including but not limited to writing policy and procedure, staffing, budgeting, purchasing, role-modeling, staff interaction, problem identification with resolution, conflict management, participation in interdisciplinary meetings, etc. Learners will translate current research into evidence-based practice. In Practicum I and Practicum II, students will utilize new knowledge to create and evaluate one quality improvement project that addresses an identified need within the clinical setting. The clinical area for Practicum I is mid-level leadership.
  • NU 683- Practicum II (90 clinical hours required): This practicum experience is designed to integrate theory and evidence-based leadership and management practices into the healthcare setting. Learners select an experienced upper-level nurse manager or leader in the healthcare setting. Learners should select a nurse leader or manager preceptor where they will have exposure to all aspects of the role, including but not limited to budgeting, large scale staffing, financial planning, policy and procedure, accreditation, interdisciplinary team meetings and planning, etc. Learners will translate current research into evidence-based practice. In Practicum I and Practicum II, students will utilize new knowledge to create and evaluate one quality improvement project that addresses an identified need within the clinical setting. The clinical area Practicum II the clinical area is upper management and leadership.

All MSN and PMC students will be required to successfully complete a urine drug screen and background check prior to beginning any coursework in the program. 

The practicum experience must be independent of the student’s employment setting.  A clinical affiliation agreement with the facility MUST be on file prior to the student beginning clinicals. All clinical documentation must have been submitted and approved at least 8 weeks prior to beginning the clinical rotations.

Students may participate in the identification of individuals to serve as clinical preceptors, as they are familiar with their geographical area. All students entering the Teaching/Learning track must hold a current, unencumbered registered nurse license in the US state in which they plan to complete their clinical hours. Additionally, students must fulfill all other clinical documentation requirements, including:

  • physical examination (completed within the previous calendar year)
  • proof of required immunizations or titers
  • current tuberculosis screening
  • proof of BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • proof of health insurance
  • criminal background check (completed within the previous calendar year)
  • Negative urine drug screen 
  • OSHA/HIPPA training
  • Plagiarism training 
  • proof of liability insurance with student nurse practitioner student coverage
  • proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR vaccine declination form
  • COVID-19 Liability waiver