Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems

Format: Online

Program Description:

Develop Skills Needed for Management and Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems prepares nurses for leadership in nursing roles in today’s rapidly changing healthcare delivery systems. This program is an ideal avenue for current nurses who want to advance their career toward leadership and make a greater impact on the field at the management level.

To meet expectations at this advanced level, nursing students will learn to synthesize elements of caring into the nurse-patient relationship — based on advocacy, as well as ethical, social, legal, political and historical perspectives. This program further addresses the importance of client empowerment with unconditional regard for all.

The MSN degree with an emphasis in leadership in healthcare systems portion of this program focuses on:

    Analyzing organizational behavior among individuals, teams and departments
    Developing strategies for implementing changes, leading diverse teams and fostering collaboration
    Applying financial management principles
    Generating data-driven, cost-effective solutions
    Leading in the improvement of care processes, outcomes and the patient experience
    Modeling leadership behaviors that motivate and inspire others

Benefits of the MSN With Leadership in Nursing in Healthcare Systems Emphasis

The MSN program with an emphasis in leadership in healthcare systems’ curriculum consists of graduate nursing core and leadership courses, including leadership courses taken with Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) students. In your graduate nursing core courses, you are taught the knowledge, values and skills necessary for advanced generalist nursing practice in an evolving healthcare system.

Pursue Your Online MSN With a Leadership in Healthcare Systems Emphasis

ANCC and AONE Accreditation

Take Relevant Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems Courses

This master’s in nursing with a leadership in healthcare systems emphasis is designed to incorporate the advanced roles of a clinician, researcher, learner, educator, coach, leader, community advocate, manager of systems, collaborator and consultant through nursing leadership courses. Thus, you will be taught a wide range of skills and expansive knowledge that prepares you to improve healthcare and patient outcomes from all aspects. Among the skill sets to adopt, clinical and organizational decision-making skills are required for a graduate-level nurse. These skills can be developed through critical thinking, evidence-based research and diagnostic reasoning.

The MSN in nursing leadership in healthcare systems emphasis coursework provides insight into how organizations function with a focus on financial and human resource management within healthcare. Leadership courses prepare master’s nursing students to meet the requirements of leaders in contemporary healthcare, which include skills in quality and performance improvement, effective communication and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Courses include an evidence-based project, where students address a problem in their area of professional practice, propose a solution and design an evaluation. Students will also complete a practicum with the opportunity to apply what they learned to a contemporary, nursing leadership-related experience. This practicum encourages the application of deep nursing knowledge, along with advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Topics can range from quality/performance improvement or mentorship/coaching to interdisciplinary relationships or staff development.

Career Paths for MSN Graduates With Nursing Leadership Skills  

Master’s-prepared nurses may pursue the next step in their career by taking on roles in advanced registered nursing. Graduates may also choose to move right into the DNP program to position themselves for possible career advancement.

1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Healthcare Occupations, retrieved on May 4, 2023.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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