Nursing, M.S.

Master’s Degree in Nursing: Leadership and Education

The MSN in Leadership and Education is a one track, dual focused online degree program. The dual focus of leadership and education will provide graduates with career opportunities to work in clinical leadership and/or academic nursing environments either in separate positions or simultaneously in a joint position.


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Admissions Requirements

  • Current, unencumbered registered nurse license in your state of residence
  • Cumulative G.P.A of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed University of Bridgeport application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation(only 1 letter required for current UB R.N. to B.S.N students)
  • 300-500 word personal essay describing your career goals and interest in UB’s program

Transfer Credits

  • Graduate students with a BSN transferring from another institution can apply for admission. The transfer of master’s level courses from another university will be individually reviewed for possible course credit but only if 30 graduate-level credits are completed here at the University of
    Bridgeport and if equal content and level of coursework are confirmed for each course.


Visit How to Apply to learn more about the process and how to contact your admissions counselor.

Curriculum Constructs (39 credits)

Direct Care Core Graduate Level Nursing Courses required by AACN (6 credits):

NURS 550 Pharmacology

This course is designed to advance the student's knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, and pharma-co-therapeutics, in the management of health and disease states across the lifespan (SLO1 & 8).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

NURS 560 Advanced Pathophysiology & Health Assessment

This course provides students with advanced anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of systems in relation to an individual's health across the lifespan. The application of this knowledge is combined with the acquisition of advanced health assessment and clinical reasoning skills.

Students apply the diagnostic (clinical) reasoning process to develop a comprehensive plan of care for patients in a variety of settings throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention and risk assessment (SLO 2 & 4)

Credits: 3  (15-weeks)

Graduate Nursing Core (9 credits):

NURS 301/540 Theory and Evidenced Based Practice

Scholarly inquiry begins in analyzing the nature and purpose of theoretical thinking and critical evaluation of research.  The review of research methodologies, hypothesis, research questions and research design, in the persistent search for truth, is emphasized throughout the course.  Exercises in the literature review for evidenced-based practice and decision-making are implemented to investigate clinical and educational best practice (SLO’s 2 & 3).

Credits: 3 (7-weeks)

NURS 306/575 Quality, Safety & Policy

This course examines health care policy and politics as it relates to the quality and safety of nursing practice. Historical, ethical, political and economic factors are discussed and the nurse’s responsibility and role in health care policy are explored. A project facilitates application of principles addressed in the course.

Credits: 3 (7-weeks)

NURS 307/590 Nursing Informatics

Healthcare policy and ethical issues examined from the perspectives of leaders and educators driven to utilize big data to extract best practice care models.  Legal, ethical and pragmatic methods of choosing technologies and information-based software are incorporated in order to provide efficiency, confidentiality, and efficient ethical decision-making (SLO’s 5, 7 & 8).

Credits: 3 (7-weeks)

Functional Level Core Leadership/Education Courses (18 credits):

NURS 602 Curriculum Development and Design

Graduates integrate learning theory, philosophy of education with an organizations mission and values, including specific learning outcomes.  Students design and develop a curriculum focused on social implications and organizational assessments (SLO 6 & 7).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

NURS 604 Teaching Assessment and Evaluation of Outcomes

This course provides a background on effective teaching strategies including activities that promote student learning and student engagement. Students present and map assessment and evaluation of outcomes that foster student learning of the instructor’s and/or of the institution’s educational objectives. Various approaches are offered for evaluating and interpreting teaching effectiveness and achievement of outcomes including student ratings, self-reviews, peer evaluations, and objective criteria such as student performances (SLO 1, 3 & 4).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

NURS 606 Resource Management and Finance

This course presents an introduction to U.S. accounting regulations and practices. Students are expected to interact effectively with the accounting and finance departments and create a business proposal including a budget.  Several key concepts of business accounting are the emphasis (SLO 4).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

NURS 608 Organizational Leadership

The student will explore the universal principles of leadership and management that form the basis of change theory in healthcare and academic environments.  Building knowledge through the study of theory and change processes for contemporary healthcare and healthcare education.  Evolving roles of managers, leaders, and educators are discussed with a focus on leading and managing transitions, encouraging teamwork, fiscal management, planning etc. (SLO 1, 3, 5).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

NURS 610 Education Practicum

The practicum course will integrate all education courses in a practicum that is student-driven, focused on problem-solving in the education domain and produces new knowledge for the profession of nursing. Students may develop a thesis on the basis for a doctoral program.  Requires 64 hours of practicum (SLO 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 & 8).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

NURS 612 Leadership Practicum

The culmination of learning is demonstrated in the practicum experience through hands-on activities in the organization of choice that permits students to analyze, apply, and integrate learned knowledge and skills through the exercise of problem-solving, resource management, interdisciplinary collaboration, and effective communication.  The experiential role is with a leader in nursing for 64 hours (SLO 1, 3 & 4, 8).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

Elective courses 2 required (6 credits):

ACCT505 Managerial & Cost Accounting

This course provides an introduction to managerial and cost accounting used by management in conducting daily operations, planning future operations, and developing overall business strategies. The objective is to gain an understanding of the role of accounting in the management process of planning, directing, controlling, and improving the organization's objectives (goals) and to translate those objectives into a course of action. This course includes a comprehensive review of the following topics: basic managerial accounting concepts; job order cost accounting; process cost accounting; break-even point and target profit; budgeting; and standard cost variances.

Credits: 3

EDUC566 Contemporary Problems in Nursing Education

Students research current problems in nursing education and research evidenced based alternatives and solutions under the advisement of the School of Education faculty member. Extensive reading, assessment and evaluation.

Credits: 3

Upon conclusion of the MSN Leadership and Education program, you will be able to:

  • Execute leadership and decision making skills in the provision of quality and safe care delivery to individuals and populations across healthcare delivery systems (Essentials 2, 3, 7, 9)
  • Integrate epidemiological, social, core scientific and environmental data in drawing inferences regarding the health status of patient populations and interventions to
    promote optimal health (Essentials 1, 4, 8)
  • Engage in scholarship to direct evidence-based practice and decision making (Essentials 2, 4, 9)
  • Employ principles of business management within healthcare systems (Essentials 1, 2, 7)
  • Demonstrate competence in communication and collaboration required to advance inter-professional partnerships (Essentials 2, 5, 7, 9)
  • Incorporate knowledge of curriculum development and design, implementing, and evaluating health education programs (Essentials 1, 4, 5, 8, 9)
  • Demonstrate a leadership and educator role promoting professional nursing standards and policies in practice (Essentials 3, 4, 9)
  • Incorporate ethical principles for promoting a just culture through caring and compassionate nursing practice (Essentials 1, 3, 5, 6, 7)
    *Essentials are the AACN Essentials of Master’s Degree in Education, March 21,2011 Educational Planning

Career Pathways for Nurses of the Future

The Nursing Leadership & Education Master’s degree at the University of Bridgeport is a new degree model designed to prepare nurses with expertise in organizational & systems leadership with adult learning theory and teaching methods that can improve outcomes in patients, communities and global healthcare environments.

Leadership and Education are currently two areas in desperate need of graduate level nurses to align leadership skills with nurse educator knowledge in order to synthesize and strengthen the nurse of tomorrow.  A broader range of nursing expertise is needed to cross the divide between academia and practice.  Graduates from this innovative graduate program will lead interdisciplinary teams to advance the transformation of healthcare and bridge the academic/practice divide.

Potential Career Paths for graduates of the Leadership & Education Degree Program include these or any combination of these positions:

  • Health System Leadership as managers or directors, administrators, strategic clinical leaders in leadership, quality & safety, research, education.
  • Academic Leaders as nurse faculty, nurse educator, administrator, assistant or associate dean or director.

At UB, we have a futuristic view of nursing and have a framework to guide leaders into the formation of new and unique career paths.

Are you ready for a new career?

In order to successfully complete the Nursing, M.S. degree program, you must:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 graduate level credits in the MSN program at UB
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 while in the program
  • Complete the required 120 hours of practicum experience
  • Maintain an active, unrestricted nursing license throughout your clinical/practicum courses
  • Complete the degree requirements within 5 years from matriculation into the program
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