Graduate Program: Nursing (MS) - Clinical Systems Leadership (BSN Admission)

General Information


Nursing (MS) - Clinical Systems Leadership (BSN Admission)

Program Description

Program Description

This program builds on clinical nursing experience to develop nurse leaders with heightened competencies in delivering patient-centered care that is comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate with emphasis on patient advocacy through systems leadership. The graduate will be prepared to provide leadership in a variety of practice environments and to influence the delivery of complex healthcare to patients across the trajectory of illness to achieve optimal health outcomes. Currently licensed RNs with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing follow a 14-month curriculum to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Systems Leadership.

Minimum unit requirements:  31   


Department/Academic Unit(s)

The College of Nursing at theColorado Heights Universityoffers a variety of programs at the graduate level.  Programs are available for students pursuing a first degree in nursing, as well as students interested in advancing in the professional as leaders, advanced practice nurses, and nurse researchers.  Please visit the College of Nursing's website for detailed information about our college, faculty and programs.



College of Nursing

Campus where offered

Tuition and Fees

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Completion Requirements
Admissions Information

Minimum Credit Units (33)

Core Coursework Requirements

NURS 521 - Evidence-Based Practice Improvement

  • You will analyze and apply evidence for selected areas of clinical practice to facilitate optimal patient outcomes and use evidence to develop, validate and endorse strategies for system-wide practice improvements.

NURS 540 - Health Promotion and Risk Reduction

  • At the individual and interpersonal level of care, you will explore the concepts of health promotion and risk reduction and examine evidence-based strategies that acknowledge patient-centered values and beliefs optimizing health/wellness.

NURS 543 - Health Information and Patient Care Technologies

  • You will evaluate and apply emerging health care technologies, such as point of care clinical support, telehealth/medicine and electronic documentation, in support of patient-provider communication, interprofessional practice and coordinated patient care delivery.

NURS 545 - Healthcare Environments and Care Coordination

  • You will examine health policy and regulation, health economics and advocacy, and apply advocacy strategies for transitioning ‘at-risk’ individuals across the health care continuum.

NURS 640 - Healthcare Business Dynamics

  • You will apply business concepts and principles consistent with patient-centered care across a variety of health care settings. Concepts include organizational structure and finance, budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, marketing, resource allocation, innovation and entrepreneurship.

NURS 653 - Healing Enviornments and Practices

  • You will examine evidence-based integrative approaches that support structural and human care processes and evaluate models of optimal healing environments that promote personal and organizational health/wellness.

NURS 654 - Quality and Safety Management

  • You will examine concepts related to the quality and safety improvement process and management strategies that ensure patient safety and quality outcomes, including continuous quality improvement processes and program planning, implementation and evaluation.

NURS 660 - Clinical Systems Leadership Immersion

  • During your 16-week Clinical Systems Leadership Immersion, you will work with a faculty mentor of your choosing to develop a comprehensive care management plan for a chronic care population utilizing patient-centered leadership concepts.

This program requires 30 credits to complete.  Students may choose either a full-time or part-time option, and all courses are offered online.  Please contact our advisors for program requirements.  


Additional Requirements

See required coursework

Student Handbook

Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.

Admissions Requirements

We do not accept terminal masters, all applications must be for the PhD program

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE

Funding Opportunities

The Academic Unit has not provided this information.

Funding Opportunities

Domestic & International Applicants

Fall:December 15th

International Conditional Admission

International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.

Other Information

The GRE Institution Code for The Colorado Heights University is 4832

Last revised 06 Oct 2020