Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

MSN: Nursing Leadership

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School of Nursing

The Masters in Nursing in Leadership is a non-clinical degree which focuses on nursing leadership. The curriculum for this degree is designed for nurses to pursue nurse manager and executive roles, combining the advanced nursing content with a leadership focus to prepare the student for diverse leadership roles and responsibilities.


Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences graduate nursing program focuses on discovery, scholarship, leadership and practice that meets societal needs for advanced nursing practice for diverse populations in diverse settings. The graduate nursing program provides a rigorous academic curriculum with rich and varied clinical opportunities.

Program Goals

  • To prepare advanced practice nurses as nurse leaders who provide safe, competent care to diverse populations in primary and/or acute care settings.
  • To prepare nurse educators as nurse leaders who facilitate learning and are competent in teaching, curriculum development and evaluation.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will successfully graduate within their cohort time frame.
  • Students express satisfaction with the MSN program.
  • The MSN faculty maintain subject matter expertise.
  • Students successfully pass their specific certification examination.
  • Students will obtain employment after graduation.

Student Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Incorporate scientific and theoretical concepts from nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  • Exhibit organizational and system leadership skills to promote ethical, safe and high- quality patient care.
  • Contribute to improvement and safety in health care organizations using validated instruments, methods and quality improvement measures.
  • Incorporate research to guide clinical decisions, patient education and professional practice.
  • Use appropriate technology while engaging in care management, collaboration, education and decision making.
  • Advocate for consumers and interprofessional health team members through policy development and implementation.
  • Collaborate effectively as an interprofessional team member or leader to facilitate care for individuals and populations in diverse settings.

MSN Graduate Degree Requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing students must complete the following requirements:
  • Complete the prescribed credit hours for the chosen MSN track.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Students may repeat a course only one time. Students are allowed to repeat a maximum of ONE course. 

Note: All Rockhurst graduate MSN classes are offered through a year-around accelerated plan of study, consisting of 13 week semesters.

Required courses in the MSN in Nursing Leadership program:

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