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Master’s in Nursing Leadership

You’ll be equipped and qualified to lead the change in healthcare organizations and shape the future of nursing when you choose Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership as the specialization for your Master of Science Nursing. This is one of seven specializations offered by our CCNE-accredited MSN program, specifically designed to be 100% online, giving you maximum flexibility.

COVID-19: We’ve implemented course accommodations to support you while you are doing so much to care for your communities.

MSN (Term-Based) vs. MSN Powered by SIMPath®

Which method is right for you?

You can choose from a traditional term-based delivery method or a more flexible method utilizing virtual simulations called MSN Powered by SIMPath® to complete your degree.

MSN (Term-Based)

Ideal for learners who prefer a structured approach with more guidance and less emphasis on computer simulated learning environments.

  • Coursework is presented completely online
  • Monthly starts
  • Total of 12 term-based nursing courses
  • Structured 8-week courses
  • Complete 1-2 courses in 8 weeks
  • 8-week courses may be overlapped or spaced out
  • Courses are in a traditional format:
    • Highly structured courses with consistent due dates. Discussion posts are due on Wednesdays and papers are due on Monday mornings.
    • Regular peer interaction through discussion posts
    • Competencies are mainly demonstrated through writing papers
    • Fewer virtual simulation assignments

$560 per credit hour or $1,680 per course

Total standard tuition: Up to $20,160 (could be less depending on your transfer credits)

MSN Powered by SIMPath®

Ideal if you are self-disciplined and comfortable with technology. You can move through courses at you own pace and demonstrate your skills utilizing an array of methods. 

  • Coursework is presented completely online
  • Monthly starts
  • Register for 16-week semesters and complete the 12 courses at your own pace
  • Courses are in our Powered by SIMPath® format:
    • Show mastery of competencies in unique ways such as PowerPoint presentations, graphics, videos, papers or something completely new
    • Utilize digital resources such as Sentinel Data Labs to enhance the learning experience
    • Weekly meeting with your instructor and peers to keep you on track
    • No “due dates” – although all projects need to be submitted by the end of the 16-week semester

$4,000 per 16-week semester

Total standard tuition: $16,000 (based on completing graduate in four semesters – can be completed in fewer semesters)

Note: start with a maximum of 3 courses; add as your schedule permits

MSN Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership Curriculum

A specialization in Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership examines the various human resource challenges facing an organization as well as the dynamic nature of the strategic planning and management processes.  American Sentinel’s rigorous curriculum covers long-range planning, including budgeting, analysis, reporting and developing a capital budget. Key courses include:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Health Care Strategic Management and Planning
  • Leadership in Healthcare Organizations.

M.S. Nursing, Management and Organizational Leadership – Term-Based Curriculum

Completion of the MSN, management and organizational leadership specialization, requires 36 credit hours. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.

View more information on MSN practice experiences.


* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

M.S. Nursing, Management and Organizational Leadership – Powered by SIMPath® Curriculum

Completion of the MSN, management and organizational leadership specialization, requires 36 credit hours. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.

View more information on MSN practice experiences.

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

More on the MSN Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership

American Sentinel MSN Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership graduates assume management roles in a wide variety of healthcare organizations where they:

  • Manage resources and direct healthcare teams
  • Design and implement strategic initiatives
  • Develop evidence-based practices
  • Apply technology and critical thinking to solve problems

Graduates of the M.S. Nursing, Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership degree will be able to:

  • Analyze organizational structures and policies to address organizational issues.
  • Appraise strategic, operational and financial planning processes in health care settings.
  • Implement human resource management principles as an organizational leader.
  • Internalize various organizational and leadership concepts into personal leadership values.
  • Integrate roles as leaders and collaborators in various healthcare settings.
  • Use theoretical knowledge to guide advanced nursing practice.
  • Analyze models that expand the role of nurses in a global society.
  • Evaluate legislation, policies, and economics as applied to the current healthcare environment.
  • Appraise research to enhance professional nursing practice.

All coursework for the Master of Science Nursing is 100% online and includes Practice Experiences. Practice experiences do not involve hands-on patient care. Unlike the clinical experiences you completed to become a registered nurse, practice experiences are built in to your courses and do not add additional work.

Practice experiences are interactive learning opportunities where you get to apply the concepts you are learning to real world scenarios. They are an important requirement for accreditation, as it enables students to demonstrate educational competencies.

See MSN Practice Experiences for more information.

The mission of the MSN program is to prepare highly qualified professional nursing personnel to serve global healthcare communities as administrators, educators, and informatics specialists.

For information on program eligibility requirements, please visit the Master’s Program Admissions Requirements page.

You Can Afford It

Most American Sentinel students graduate debt free by taking advantage of flexible payment options and 0% financing. Comparing costs for higher education can be tricky. Find everything you need for a total cost comparison here and you’ll see why earning your MSN with American Sentinel offers great value.

What Our Students Are Saying

"When you’ve been out of college for a long time, it’s a little intimidating to go back. American Sentinel had this nurturing, supportive feel to it. Everyone there was nice from the very beginning, and once I started, the instructors and student success advisors were just wonderful."

Diane Gentry

Diane Gentry

MSN, Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership With Cookeville Regional Health System

“A master’s degree on my resume makes me more marketable and opens more options,” Queen says. “One day, I’d like to work with a federal government agency, and having the MSN will allow me to do that.”

Queen Onwuteaka

Queen Onwuteaka

MSN, Management and Organizational Leadership graduate, 2018

"At American Sentinel, you’ll get the support you need. The school is structured in a way that you will learn and achieve, and they will never let you fail"

Sarah Ackerley

Sarah Ackerley

MSN, Management and Organizational Leadership student, 2019