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  • M.S. in Nursing Administration

    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.
    Degree:
    M.S.
    School:
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry & Online
    Credits:
    36

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Nursing Administration M.S. Curriculum

Core 15 Credits
Specialization 21 Credits
Total 36 Credits

Core

  • NURS 502 Computer Technology
  • NURS 503 Health Policy
  • NURS 510 Dvsrty: Family as Lens
  • NURS 514 Phlsphcl Fndtns of Nursing
  • NURS 520 Rsrch Prspctvs & Methods

Specialization

  • NURS 601 Capstone Part I
  • NURS 602 Capstone Part II
  • NURS 638 Healthcare and Human Resource Management for Nurse Administrators
  • NURS 644 Nurs & Hlth Care Financing
  • NURS 646 Strtgc Plng Hlth Care Org
  • NURS 648 Measure Org Perform Hlth Care
  • NURS 700 Nurs ED or ADM Practicum

Capstone Requirement

The Nursing Administration Program requires completion of a written comprehensive Capstone project as part of the degree requirements.

How To Apply to the Nursing Administration M.S.

Applications will be accepted from:

1) NursingCAS  Nursing CAS Logo

2) Mercy College Application

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.
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.
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.
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 (http://suburbanhospitalalliance.org/member-hospitals/) and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) (https://www.nysna.org/). Additional financial aid information can be found at the following link: http://www.n-e-f.org/.
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.
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.
Do I need to take GREs to be considered for admission?
The nursing program does not require GREs or MATs of admission consideration.
Does the 15-month program only start in the fall semester?
As of now, the 15-month program will only begin in the fall semester. However, if you are admitted in the spring, you can take three courses each semester, you will likely graduate in five semesters.
How do I apply to Mercy College?
Students are able to apply with the Mercy College Graduate Application (mercy.edu/apply-now/graduate-admissions-online-application) or NursingCAS (www.nursingcas.org).
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).
Can I take all of the nursing courses online?
All nursing courses can be taken fully online.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Karen Koziol Clinical Simulation Director - Nursing Program
Susan Moscou Associate Professor,Co-Director, Nursing
Kathleen Kenney-Riley Associate Professor, Nursing
Lisa Martin Associate Professor, Nursing
Renu Varughese Assistant Professor, Nursing
Rita Neilan Assistant Professor, Nursing
Miriam Ford Assistant Professor, Co-Director, Nursing

Nursing Administration Overview

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.

Nursing Administration FAQS

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).
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.
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.

Local Partnerships

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).

Contact
Graduate Study:
Krystal Trama
Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment
(914) 674-3109
ktrama.admissions@mercy.edu

Nursing Programs at Mercy College
  • M.S. in Nursing Administration
  • M.S. in Nursing Administration 15 month program - Fall start only

Career Opportunities

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

Admission Requirements

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

  1. Complete Mercy College or NursingCAS 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.
  5. Personal Statement (350 - 500 words)

*Eligible for the Bridge Program if student has obtained a 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. 

Advisement

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. 

Degree Requirements

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

 

Accreditations

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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.


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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

Nursing Administration Objectives

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

  • Assume leadership roles to enact change and improve quality outcomes
  • Commit to lifelong learning to advance a culture of excellence 
  • Build, lead, and coordinate collaborative interprofessional teams
  • Design and implement innovative nursing practices
  • Navigate and integrate care services across the healthcare system
  • Translate evidence into nursing practice and disseminate knowledge
  • Prepared for doctoral study
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 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. 

Bridge Program Requirements

RNs with bachelor's degrees in a field other than nursing may apply for admission to the master's programs. All admission and program requirements to the master's programs must be met. The applicant must complete the following courses with a grade of B or above (NURS 371: C or better) prior to admission into the graduate program:

  • NURS 371: Statistics for Nurses (or a documented statistics course)
  • NURS 363: Nursing Research (undergraduate)
  • NURS 401: Community Health Nursing: Advocacy for population health
  • One graduate course: NURS 502 (Computer Technology), NURS 503 (Health Policy), or NURS 510 (Diversity)

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Assess findings from nursing biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement and organizational sciences for the continued betterment of advanced nursing practice across diverse settings
  • Develop leadership behaviors that emphasize interprofessional collaboration, systems thinking, and business and financial acumen toward the improvement of healthcare systems
  • Design advanced nursing practices that recognize regulation and national benchmarks to identify actual or potential failures in processes and systems and create a just culture which ensures continuous quality improvement and safety
  • Participate in or lead collaborative teams in evidence based practice, quality improvement initiatives, and ethical conduct or research using translational research to generate and disseminate knowledge to improve care outcomes
  • Evaluate the use of safe and effective information technologies to support decision making, coordination of care, education of health care staff, clients, and caregivers in order to achieve optimal health outcomes
  • Promote health and guide the health delivery system using advocacy and policy processes that advance values and improve health outcomes of populations and the health care delivery systems
  • Lead and coordinate interprofessional teams across care environments in order to reduce barriers, facilitate access to care, and improve health outcomes
  • Design and implement evidence based clinical prevention strategies that are patient centered and culturally responsive to promote health, prevent disease and reduce risk among individuals and populations at the local, national, and global levels
  • Construct a variety of care experiences using informatics to evaluate nursing outcomes, and assist diverse clients to manage within a complex health delivery system while understanding the foundations of nursing care and the art and science of nursing practice as it relates to individuals, families, and populations with a commitment to lifelong learning