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Learn what you can do with a Nursing Administrator degree

Nursing Administration Overview

Become a leader in today's complex and changing health care environment. A flexible program for part-time or full-time students to advance your career in nursing.

The Nursing Administration Program prepares nurse administrators for interprofessional practice in today's complex, changing, dynamic health care environment. Application of advanced nursing management principles is applied in the final practicum course.

Learn about Nursing Administration

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the nursing administration program obtain leadership and management positions at hospitals and health care agencies including Montefiore Medical Center, Westchester Medical Center and Visiting Nurse Service, among others.


20% Growth

Career Outcomes
Job growth expected to
rise 20% through 2026* 

$110K Salary

Average Pay
For medical health  
service managers

36 Credits 

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree 
Classes in health policy, strategic 
planning & health care delivery systems

What We Offer
The Mercy Advantage

•  Full-time or part-time enrollment

•  Courses can be taken fully online

•  Alumni network of 64,000+

•  National accreditation by CCNE & NY Board 
    of Regents & NY State Education Department

•  Students fulfill 120 hours practicum

Full-Time Faculty

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Salil Akhtar Assistant Professor
Angela Chaney-Grant
Angela Chaney-Grant Assistant Professor, Nursing
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Kara Connelly Clinical Assistant Professor
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Miriam Ford Assistant Professor

Associate Dean for Nursing, School of Health and Natural Sciences
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Kara Giustino Clinical Instructor
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Shevonba Graham Clinical Assistant Professor

Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Nursing, Teach-out Students

Part-Time Faculty

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Selina Aboagye Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Gladys Adewale Lecturer
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Wilson Aguinaldo Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Gloria Airall-Simon Adjunct Assistant Professor
M. Ford - Yale Distinguished Alum

Nursing Faculty Receives Yale Alum Award

Join us in congratulating Miriam Ford, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Nursing Program, the recipient of the Yale School of Nursing Distinguished Alumnae Award for 2016. This is awarded for having demonstrated achievement or distinction in her career, contributions to her community, or to Yale School of Nursing. The Yale School of Nursing's Distinguished Alumna/us Award was created in 1973, and since then, over 76 alumnae/i have been honored.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is part-time study available?

Yes. Students who take one course per semester are considered part-time students. However, there is no official designation for part-time. Students do not have to notify their advisor if they wish to take more than one course per semester.

Do I have to take online courses?

All courses have an online component (discussions, e-mail, and submitting assignments). The nursing program offers hybrid classes for those students who do not want a completely online program. Hybrid classes meet in-person and online. In-person classes typically meet two times a month.

Is there a deadline for applications to the Nursing Program?

There is no specific deadline to apply to the Nursing Program at Mercy College. Applications are collected on a rolling basis. Only completed applications are reviewed for admission. Students are admitted into fall, spring, or summer semester. Semester admission depends on when the completed application was reviewed. Typically, students are admitted into the next semester, if courses have already begun. For example, your application is reviewed in early August, you are eligible for admission in the fall semester.

Can I transfer credits from another graduate program?

The nursing program will accept up to six credits from another graduate program if: the courses were taken within five years of admission date; received a B or better in the course; the course is pertinent to the plan of study. Transfer credits taken prior to admission are not computed in the quality point average.

Is financial aid available?

Mercy College has partnered with Suburban Hospital Alliance member hospitals, New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and 119 Local Heath Care Workers to bring affiliates discounted tuition rates of 15% at Mercy College. Learn more about the Suburban Hospital Alliance ( and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) ( Additional financial aid information can be found at the following link:

Do I need a New York State RN license?

If you are a permanent resident of another state, have an active RN license in that state and plan to do your clinical practicum experiences in that state, you will not have to obtain a New York State RN license UNLESS your State Board of Nursing does not permit students enrolled in programs out-of-state to do their practicum in their resident state. If you are not sure, you can check with the Clinical Coordinator at Mercy College.

How long does it take to complete the graduate program?

The Master of Science in Nursing Administration degree is a 36-credit program that can be completed in: four semesters (15-month program - fall admit only); six semesters (2 courses/semester - fall, spring and summer); more than six semesters (dependent upon the number of courses taken each semester and when admitted).

Do I need to take GREs to be considered for admission?

The nursing program does not require GREs or MATs of admission consideration.

Can I take all of the nursing courses online?

All nursing courses can be taken fully online.

Does the 15-month program only start in the fall semester?

As of now, the 15-month program only begins in the fall semester. However, if you are admitted in the spring, you can take three courses each semester, if available.

Is there a practicum requirement?

Completing your MS in Nursing Administration requires a 120-hour practicum. Students are placed with a preceptor or mentor in an administrative area.

How do I apply to Mercy College?

Students are able to apply with the Mercy College Graduate Application ( or NursingCAS (

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Core: 15 Credits

Specialization: 21 Credits

Total: 36 Credits

For full list of courses see catalog

Graduate Nursing Program Goals

The graduate nursing program is designed to prepare students in Nursing Administration or Nursing Education to:

  1. Assume leadership roles
  2. Support and engage in nursing research
  3. Contribute to the advancement of the nursing professions
  4. Participate in lifelong learning
  5. Collaborate with other disciplines to enhance the quality of healthcare
  6. Prepare for doctoral study



The program is designed for so that students can take three to nine credits per semester. The curriculum is organized into core courses and specialization courses. Specialization courses are offered before or concurrently with the practicum course.

Degree Requirements

To be eligible for graduation students must complete all coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or better. 

Admission Requirements

Requirements for matriculation and admission into the Master of Science program in nursing are: 

  1. Complete Mercy College application
  2. Baccalaureate transcript with a nursing major from a professionally accredited program*
  3. GPA 3.0***
  4. Copy of current RN registration in the U.S.

*Eligible for the Bridge Program if student has obtained a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and an associate degree in nursing. 

**Students with a GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for admission. Student will meet (in-person or by phone) with the program co-director. For questions about admission requirements or questions in general, please contact the Nursing Program at (914) 674-7865. 


The master's degree in nursing at Mercy College 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 in nursing at Mercy College is accredited by the New York Board of Regents, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Board of Regents, Room 110 EB, Albany, New York 12234


Upon admission students are assigned a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser assesses the credit requirements necessary for completion of the program and to develop a long-term plan of study.

Transfer Credits

Graduate courses taken at other institutions prior to admission at Mercy College may, if pertinent to the plan of study, be credited to the graduate degree. Transfer credits are limited to six credits taken within the last five years in which the student has received a grade of B or above. Transfer courses taken prior to admission will not be computed in the quality point average. 

Maintenance of Matriculation

It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registered over successive sessions. For non-cohort programs, summer registration is not required. Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintenance of Matriculation fee is processed as a registration. 

Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintenance of Matriculation fee for each missed term. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee. 


Practicum is a 120-hour precepted experience in the student's specialty track - Education or Administration. Students should be in touch with their faculty advisor at least one semester before they are scheduled to begin. Students must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, to enroll in Practicum. 

Requirements include:

  1. Current malpractice insurance that extends through practicum period
  2. Current BCLS
  3. Copy of current NY State RN license verification from New York State Office of Professions website or any other State within the U.S.A. in which you will engage in the practicum experience*
  4. Completed background check and drug screen: Associated fees for these clearances must be paid by the student

*Please note: If your State Board or Nursing does not permit students enrolled in programs out-of-state to do their practicum in their resident state, you may be required to obtain a New York State RN license. 

The agency may request any/all of the following PRIOR TO starting the on-site practicum:

  1. Lab report with titers for MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  2. Proof mask fitting; vaccination for seasonal flu, T-Dap, Hepatitis B, pneumonia or declination; color vision screening. Note: some agency policies require mask use with flu declination. 
  3. Recent PPD or negative chest X-Ray or Quantiferon results
  4. HIPPA, infection control &/or corporate compliance education verification.

Students will upload the requisite documentation into CastleBranch.

It is recommended that you start assembling copies of lab values and documentation of necessary requirements. 

Maintenance of Good Academic Standing

The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0. A student admitted as a Special Matriculant is required to achieve a 3.0 average or better after completing a certain number of credits as stipulated by their respective program. Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and program director at the end of each term. It the academic average falls below 3.0 the student will be placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation

All students who have a GPA below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. It a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed form the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course the student may be subject to dismissal from the college. For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the Director as well as the school dean.

In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation the student is required to achieve a term of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once. 

Program Design

The program is designed for students to take six - nine credits per semester. The curriculum is organized into core courses and specialization courses. Specialization courses are offered prior to the practicum course. All courses are offered either onsite and online (hybrid) or online. 

Time Limit

Requirements for the degree must be completed within five years from the candidate's date of matriculation (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). Exceptions may be made by the director of the program if students request:

  • Demonstrates circumstances beyond his or her control
  • Circumstances that temporarily interference with the ability to complete the program on time

Program Outcomes

Program Outcome I - Technology

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and skills using patient care technologies and information management to deliver and coordinate care across multiple settings. [I, IX, V, II]
  • Student will be able analyze care outcomes and communicate with individuals, groups, media, policy makers, health care professionals and the public.  [VI, VII, IV]

Program Outcome II- Research

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and skills to integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research, and interprofessional perspectives using evidence based practices to improve health outcomes for patient aggregates. [VII, VI, IV, VIII]

Program Outcome III - Leadership

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and expertise in assessing organizations, identifying systems issues, and facilitating organization wide changes in practice delivery. [II, VII]
  • Student will be able to develop leadership skills to establish and maintain effective communication and collaborative relationships with interprofessional teams. [II, VII]

Program Outcome IV - Quality

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and skills to analyze and prioritize outcomes that need to be improved, promote health, shape the health delivery system, and advance values such as social justice through policy processes and advocacy. [III, VI, VIII, IX]
  • Student will use quality improvement and high reliability organizational principles to measure the impact of plans of action. [III, IX, VIII]

Complaints That Fall Outside the Realm of Due Process

The Department of Nursing is committed to meeting its mission as it relates to serving our students, potential students, staff, faculty, adjunct faculty, clinical faculty and the public consumer of physical therapy. To that end, we are committed to ensuring that exceptional complaints for which there is no established College, School or program policy or procedure are considered and resolved in a timely, fair, consistent and equitable manner.  Additional information may be found in the College graduate catalog.

Procedure:  Complaints should be addressed to the Program Director through the online form. If the program director is the subject of the complaint, the complaint should be addressed to the Dean, School of Health and Natural Science.