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Master of Science in Nursing: Health Systems Leadership

Master of Science in Nursing: Health Systems Leadership

Our program is designed to advance nurses careers as leaders among the nursing profession, whether they are in the community setting or a traditional hospital organization.
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SIENA HEIGHTS UNIVERSITY’S MISSION
The mission of Siena Heights University, a Catholic University founded and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, is to assist people to become more competent, purposeful, and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all.

SHU DIVISION OF NURSING MISSION
The Siena Heights University Nursing program educates prospective and practicing nurses in the art and science of nursing at the baccalaureate level. Based upon a liberal arts foundation, the faculty and students collaborate in a dynamic, supportive environment that embraces caring, diversity, and creativity. Siena Heights University nurses strive to continually be competent, purposeful, and ethical in all interactions with individuals, groups, and communities while providing health care.

SHU DIVISION OF NURSING PHILOSOPHY
As a Catholic institution in the Dominican tradition, we believe in the dignity and worth of every human being. That philosophy is embedded into every aspect of SHU’s Nursing Program. When designing the Pre-Licensure Nursing program, Siena nursing faculty drew upon years of teaching expertise and wisdom, as well as national nursing standards. That means the courses are practical and relevant to today’s health care professional. Students are challenged in both traditional nursing courses such as Fundamentals and Health Assessment, and courses unique to Siena Nursing: Gerontology and End-of-Life Care; Ethical, Cultural and Spiritual Nursing Practice; and Care of the Client with Complex Needs.

NEW REDUCED TUITION—$650 PER CREDIT HOUR
Siena Heights University offers a totally online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The MSN Health Systems Leadership program focuses on preparing nurses for leadership positions across the spectrum of health care and is designed to develop strategic and creative thinkers who employ a wide variety of innovative strategies to improve processes, outcomes, and quality of care through the adoption of leadership roles in a multitude of health care settings.

The Siena Heights MSN degree will transform your leadership skills through the development of expertise in strategic planning and health care operations giving you the tools to become an effective change agent, improve quality of care, and advance your nursing career.

  • Siena Heights University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) at 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604-1441, www.ncahlc.org.

  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Siena Heights University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

  • The master’s degree program in nursing at Siena Heights University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

COMMISSION ON COLLEGIATE NURSING EDUCATION (CCNE) ACCREDITATION EVALUATION AND INVITATION FOR THIRD-PARTY COMMENTS

Siena Heights University will host the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation site visitors from March 24-26, 2021, when CCNE conducts its virtual accreditation visit for our MSN program. The CCNE is our nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing education. 

As part of the evaluation process, CCNE provides the opportunity for program-identified communities of interest to submit written comments regarding the program's qualifications for accreditation. Please include your name, address and telephone number when providing comments. Comments are shared with the evaluation team before the site visit. All written comments must be signed and received by CCNE no later than February 24, 2021. If you would like to submit a statement for the Siena Heights University nursing program, please submit to: thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org.

For questions, please contact Lori Dowell ldowell@sienaheights.edu.

Division of Nursing
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Assistant Professor of Nursing
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  1. Price Certainty! Ask about the Siena Tuition Advantage, Siena Heights University’s pledge to hold tuition prices steady over two academic years.
  2. The program is available 100 percent online. You can complete your degree at home part-time and still work full-time.
  3. Fall or Winter start in a two-year program with accelerated seven-week classes, one course at a time.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (regular admission) on a 4.0 scale. GPAs under 3.0 will be considered for conditional admission on an individual basis.
  • Current unencumbered RN license in a state or jurisdiction of the United States.
  • Minimum of one year full-time nursing practice experience is recommended for all MSN students. Applicants who do not meet this criterion will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Provide scholarly professional goal statement.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation.
  • Provide current curriculum vitae.
  • Pass a criminal background check upon admission to the program.

MSN HEALTH SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM

Core Courses (5 courses – 15 credits):

  • NUR 601 Transition to Nursing Scholar I: Science of Nursing, Research Methods, and Statistics (3 credits)
  • NUR 602 Transition to Nursing Scholar II: Research Methods for the Advanced Nurse Scholar (3 credits)
  • NUR 610 Quality Improvement and Safety in Health Care (3 credits)
  • NUR 611 Leadership Principles for Health Care Organizations and Systems (3 credits)
  • NUR 612 Clinical Prevention, Population Health, and Vulnerable Populations (3 credits)
     

Health Systems Leadership Concentration Courses (5 courses – 15 credits):

  • NUR 620 Introduction to Advanced Leadership Roles (3 credits)
  • NUR 621 Transformational Leadership (3 credits)
  • NUR 622 Strategic Planning for the Nurse Leader (3 credits)
  • NUR 630 Health Care Operations: Human Resources, Quality, Law, & Ethics (3 credits)
  • NUR 631 Introduction to Health Care Economics, Finance, & Principles of Business for Nurses (3 credits)
     

Practicum (2 courses – 6 credits):

  • NUR 680 Practicum I – Design (3 credits)
  • NUR 681 Practicum II – Implementation (3 credits)
     

SHU MSN Health System Leadership Program Outcomes:

  1. Integrate advanced theoretical and scientific knowledge as a basis for the delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations.
  2. Function as a leader by initiating and maintaining effective working relationships through mutually respectful communication and collaboration within interprofessional teams. Demonstrate skill in care coordination, delegation, and initiating conflict resolution strategies in various settings across the health care system. 
  3. Creative thinkers who employ a wide variety of innovative strategies to develop and improve processes, outcomes, and quality through the adoption of leadership roles in their practice setting. Establishes a culture of professional excellence and achievement through the application of research outcomes, responsive communication, and lifelong learning amongst dedicated nursing and interdisciplinary professionals.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the political determinants of health care and the system level impact on health care delivery. Engage in policy development and advocacy to promote change.
  5. Engage in interprofessional partnerships and community engagement to meet health care needs by planning, delivering, managing, and evaluating population care in diverse local, national, or global communities.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the determinants of health care at an individual, population, and systems level. Utilize theoretical and scientific knowledge in nursing practice to impact direct/indirect health care.

What types of MSN programs are offered at Siena Heights University?

  • Health Systems Leadership – Winter and Fall semester admissions
  • The MSN Health Systems Leadership program focuses on preparing nurses for leadership positions across the spectrum of health care and is designed to develop strategic and creative thinkers who employ a wide variety of innovative strategies to improve processes, outcomes, and quality of care through the adoption of leadership roles in a multitude of health care settings.

 

Why choose the Health Systems Leadership Tract?

  • The Health Systems Leadership program recognizes the growing need for health leaders beyond traditional hospital administration and focuses on developing the nurse as a leader in a holistic perspective.
  • The Siena Heights MSN degree will transform your leadership skills through the development of expertise in strategic planning and health care operations giving you the tools to become an effective change agent, improve quality of care, and advance your nursing career.

 

Does the MSN – Health Systems Leadership Program require clinicals?

  • Students will complete an immersive practicum experience with a nurse leader. Students will design a leadership project in Practicum I and implement the project in Practicum II.  The practicum experience will be completed at a site identified by the student, near their place of residence, and approved by the faculty lead.

 

How do prospective students apply?

 

What are the criteria for admission for the MSN – Health Systems Leadership Program?

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE)
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (regular admission) on a 4.0 scale. GPAs under 3.0 will be considered for conditional admission on an individual basis.
  • Current unencumbered RN license in a state or jurisdiction of the United States
  • Minimum of one year full-time nursing practice experience is recommended for all MSN students. Applicants who do not meet this criterion will be considered on an individual basis. 

 

Application Process

  • Apply online at start.sienaheights.edu
  • Enrollment fee (applied towards tuition)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Must be in good standing with all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Copy of current RN license
  • Professional Goal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Criminal background check upon admission to the program

 

When is the Application due date?

  • The Health Systems Leadership MSN program admits students for the Winter and Fall semesters. The Priority application deadline is November 1 for Winter admission and July 1 for Fall admission. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed after the priority deadline on a space available basis.

 

How long is the program?

  • The Health Systems Leadership MSN program is a two-year part-time program consisting of 36 credits (12 classes). Each semester (Summer, Fall, Winter) consists of two 8-week sub-sessions. Students will take two 8-week classes each semester (6 credits), which allows a student to be eligible to apply for Financial Aid.

 

How does a student know what courses to take?

  • A program advisor will help students understand the Health Systems Leadership MSN program.  Each student will receive a degree plan upon admission to the program that will outline the required courses the student will take each session.
  • Students are also assigned a nursing faculty mentor once accepted into the MSN program.

 

Will students be required to travel to Siena Heights University?

  • No, students are not required to travel to SHU. The program is completely online.

 

What is the cost of the program?

  • Students can find an estimated cost for the program by inquiring at start.sienaheights.edu/msn. Ask your program advisor about the Siena Tuition Advantage, which offers price certainty for students by holding our tuition costs steady over a 2-year academic period.

 

Are scholarships, loans and financial aid available?

 

How does the advisement process work?

  • All students are assigned an advisor at the time a student inquires about the program. Your advisor and nursing MSN program coordinator will evaluate your application materials and provide a detailed degree plan upon acceptance. Your advisor will be available throughout your 2-year program to answer questions or provide assistance. Students are also assigned a faculty advisor/mentor upon acceptance. Advising is conducted by phone, in-person, or via Skype/Zoom.

 

Is there a new student orientation?

  • Yes, the program requires a mandatory new student orientation prior to all start dates. Orientation is done online and must be completed by the prescribed deadline in order to be cleared for the first semester of courses.

 

Can I work and complete the MSN Program?

  • Yes. The Health Systems Leadership MSN program is a two-year part-time program consisting of 36 credits (12 classes). Each semester (Summer, Fall, Winter) consists of two 7-week sub-sessions with the student completing one course per sub-session. This program is designed to meet the educational needs of a working student.  

 

Is the program nationally accredited?

  • Siena Heights University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) at 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604-1441, www.ncahlc.org.

  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Siena Heights University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

  • The master’s degree program in nursing at Siena Heights University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

 

What if I have additional questions about the program?

  • Please contact the advisor for the MSN program. For further questions regarding the nursing program, please contact the nursing program directly.

Application Process

  • Apply online at start.sienaheights.edu
  • Enrollment fee (applied towards tuition)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Must be in good standing with all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Copy of current RN license
  • Professional Goal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Criminal background check upon admission to the program

 

When is the Application due date?

  • The Health Systems Leadership MSN program admits students for the Winter and Fall semesters. The Priority application deadline is November 1 for Winter admission and July 1 for Fall admission. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed after the priority deadline on a space available basis.

Siena Heights University is lowering tuition rates for its online RN-BSN and MSN nursing programs in the College for Professional Studies, effective with the beginning of the summer 2020 sessions.

The University announced the new per credit hour charges for both SHU’s online RN to BSN as well as the new online Master of Science in Nursing programs in response to student and market feedback. The new RN to BSN cost will be $350 per credit hour, and the new MSN cost will be $650 per credit hour.

“We are always striving to remain an affordable option, especially during these tumultuous times,” said SHU’s Dean for Professional Programs Dr. Cheri Betz. “We listened to what our students were telling us, and I believe these tuition adjustments are a reflection of that. I would encourage anyone looking to advance their nursing careers to consider our nationally ranked online program for both its quality and affordability.”

For the seventh consecutive year, SHU’s undergraduate Online Learning Program was ranked nationally by the U.S. News and World Report. And for the fourth consecutive year, Siena Heights was the top-rated in Michigan among all institutions. Siena Heights was also included in the Study.com list of the 50 best accredited schools that provide online degree programs, placing 28th.

For more information about nursing programs at Siena Heights University, contact SHU Assistant Director of Advising and Recruiting, RN-BSN and Graduate Programs Dana Shook at dshook@sienaheights.edu or visit start.sienaheights.edu.

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Degree:

  • Master of Science in Nur

Division:

  • The Graduate College
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