Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Administration Track

Enhance your nursing management career with an MSN in Administration.

Why earn your MSN at Bellarmine?

Our MSN Nursing Administration track prepares professional nurses to function in management positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Students focus on financial and economic aspects of healthcare, human and resource management and organizational leadership. Selected clinical, administrative, and evidence-based practice experiences provide the student with the opportunity to function as a nurse administrator. Practica must be completed in nursing administration.

Program Highlights

The Masters of Science in Nursing, with an emphasis in either Administration or Education, is designed for practicing nurses who are currently serving in an advanced administrative/education role or for those who aspire to obtain a position in nursing administration/education.

The program includes 37 credit hours that are taught in a hybrid format.

In-class meetings are scheduled on evenings or weekends to accommodate working professionals.

Flexible part-time or full-time schedule (2 years).

Alumni Story

Barbra Goshko

“Bellarmine is awesome! As a three-time graduate, I can honestly say that Bellarmine encourages success and fosters a sense of belonging. Since graduating from the Lansing School of Nursing, I have enjoyed years of positive nursing experiences. Thanks to my MSN, I have further enriched my learning and I now have an intensely satisfying career. The passion for patient advocacy, leadership development, and collegiality promoted by the Lansing School faculty cannot be replicated. Choosing Bellarmine to begin and amplify my nursing career were two of the best decisions I’ve ever made!”

Barbra Goshko ’03, ’05 BSN, ’10 MSN; University of Louisville Physicians

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MSN program will be able to:

  • Integrate findings from the sciences and humanities to continually improve nursing practice across diverse settings.
  • Collaborate within interprofessional teams using effective leadership skills, ethical awareness, and critical decision making to promote quality and safety outcomes within the healthcare system.
  • Use appropriate quality improvement methods and healthcare technologies to integrate, coordinate, and improve care.
  • Employ evidence-based practice methods to initiate changes in practice settings and to disseminate results.
  • Examine strategies to advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing.
  • Incorporate organizational, client-centered, and culturally sensitive concepts in the implementation of evidence-based clinical prevention for individuals, families, and identified populations.
  • Demonstrate advanced level expertise in performing direct or indirect nursing interventions that influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.

Faculty Profiles

Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members. Read profiles of all of our distinguished faculty.

Heather Owens, PhD, RN

Heather Owens, PhD, RN
Interests: Nursing leadership and management; sleep health research; weight-related behavior research

Ta'Neka Vaden Lindsay, DNP, APRN, WHANP-BC

Ta'Neka Vaden Lindsay, DNP, APRN, WHANP-BC
Interests: Minority adolescent pregnancy prevention; general women’s health concerns

Linda Mefford, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, RNC-NC

Linda Mefford, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, RNC-NC
Interests: Nursing theory and philosophy; Levine’s Conservation Model of Nursing; health promotion for preterm and high-risk infants; mind/body/spirit connections in nursing and health; quantitative nursing research; health outcomes research

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master’s program requires approval by the MSN Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee. Admission of applicants is based upon the following criteria:

  1. Complete the application at bellarmine.edu/applynow.
  2. BSN from a CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program.
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
  4. Goal statement: The goal statement is your opportunity to tell us (as specifically as you can at this time) about your career plans after you finish your master’s degree. This statement provides us with a sample of your writing ability and helps faculty determine your fit with Bellarmine’s offered program.
  5. Two professional references. The strongest recommendations are from managers, directors, professors or others in a supervisory capacity. Recommendations from friends, other students, or co-workers are not appropriate. 
  6. Resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.
  7. Proof of active, unrestricted license to practice nursing in Kentucky and/or compact state.
  8. Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be submitted directly from the previous institution(s) to the Office of Graduate Admission and not be marked “Issued to Student”.  If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy to be evaluated by the Bellarmine University International Programs Office. All transcripts and academic records will be credentialed and authenticated by the university. To expedite the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to submit their credentials for document authentication and a course by course evaluation to World Education Services at http://www.wes.org; AACRAO International Education Services at https://www.aacrao.org/; ECE at https://www.ece.org/ECE or another NACES recognized service provider (see http://www.naces.org/). Please note, the fees for these services vary and reports must document that the credentials are authentic, indicate the U.S. equivalency for the credential (i.e., four year undergraduate degree or master’s degree), and GPA. Credential transcripts and third party credential reports must be forwarded by mail to: Bellarmine University, Office of Graduate Admission, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205.
  9. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (if requested). 

International Applicants

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission, please submit the following:

Language Proficiency. Language proficiency is required to ensure that students within the department of nursing are able to communicate with a diverse population. The department of nursing accepts one of the following as evidence of required language proficiency:

  • TOEFL-iBT (internet-based test) and receive a total score of 83 or higher AND a score of 26 or higher on the speaking test OR
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and receive a total band score of 7 or higher AND a speaking band score of 8 or higher OR
  • Language training at an approved center. Bellarmine University recognized the following standards and centers: English Language Services level 112 (http://www.els.edu/en); Interlink Level 5 (http://interlink.edu/); Intensive Language Program at Indiana University Level 6 (http://iep.indiana.edu/); and other centers may be approved at the discretion of the Admission, Progression and Graduation committee of the Department of Nursing.

International students who are exempt from language proficiency requirements are the following:

  • Students who are citizens of or have completed a degree from a TOEFL exempt country.
  • Students who have a secondary or high school diploma earned in TOEFL exempt countries.
  • International students who have completed at least one year of full time university study or its equivalent (i.e., a minimum of 24 earned credit hours or its equivalent and earned a 2.0 GPA) in a TOEFL exempt country. Only official score reports will be accepted.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.

Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.

Admission Deadlines

Education and Administration Tracks - We review applications to the Education and Administration tracks throughout the year. We suggest applying 2-3 months prior to the semester within which you would like to begin.

Accreditation

The Master of Science in nursing degree program at Bellarmine University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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