Executive Nurse Administrator

This program prepares students for the advanced nursing specialty role of a nurse executive (Nurse Manager, Director of Nursing, Chief Nurse Executive)

Program Information

Executive NP

This MSN program prepares graduates for nursing leadership positions and doctoral study. Graduates of the program apply advanced administrative, management, leadership, communication, technology, and business skills to lead and manage healthcare organizations. The program is compliant with the Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing criteria and recommendations.  Graduates are prepared in foundational knowledge for nursing leadership aligned with the American Nurses Association Nursing Administration Scope and Standards of Practice and the American Organization of Nurse Executive competencies.

Core graduate courses and didactic Executive Nurse Administration courses are available online. Clinical courses are co-requisites of didactic courses. These clinical courses can usually be completed with preceptors in the students’ home community. Students are not required to travel to campus; orientation to the program occurs through a web conference.

Executive Nurse Administrators FAQ

Executive Nursing Administrator Curriculum

BSN-MSN students complete MSN core and MSN specialty courses for a total of 37 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.

MSN Core Courses

NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits

NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credits

NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credits

NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credits

Executive Nursing Administration Specialty Courses

NU 539 - Introduction to Nursing Informatics 3 credits

HSC 571 - Managing Health Care Personnel 3 credits

NU 561 - Nursing Administration Concepts & Theory 3 credits

NU 562 - Administrative Concepts & Resource Management Field Study - 60 Field Study Hours 3 credits

NU 565 - Nursing Administration Finance 3 credits

NU 566 - Nursing Administration Field Study - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credits

NU 567 - Nursing Administration Internship - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits

NU 568 - Nursing Administration Seminar 3 credits

RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.

RN-MSN Courses

CMN 411 - Nursing in Community Systems 4 credits

NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credits

NU 410 - Concepts of Professional Nursing 6 credits

NU 425 – Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 credits


NU 530 – Accelerated MSN Advanced Health Assessment 4 credits


Please feel free to contact Dr. Bridget Moore for more information about this specialty: bmoore@southalabama.edu.