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Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration online

Prepare to accelerate your career as an effective nurse leader in a variety of healthcare environments with our CCNE-accredited online MSN program.

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$16,430 Total Tuition
As few as 10 months Program Duration
31 Credit Hours

Develop your in-demand skills in organizational leadership with the WP Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration online program. This unique online MSN enhances interprofessional business knowledge you need as a nursing administrator through the integration of MBA courses from the Cotsakos College of Business.

Designed to be flexible for working RNs, this online graduate program features 100 percent online coursework and a rigorous curriculum taught by experienced faculty who are committed to your success. As a student, you will complete the theory and practicum course requirements you need to apply for the Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification Examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) administrator certification exams: Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) and Executive Nursing Practice (CENP).

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The William Paterson University MSN – Nursing Administration online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

$530 Per Credit Hour
$16,430 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Hour Course Per Program
MSN – Nursing Administration online $530 $1,590 $16,430


William Paterson University online MSN programs are delivered in a convenient format ideal for working professionals, featuring accelerated coursework and six start dates each year.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 2 03/15/21 02/23/21 03/01/21 03/09/21 03/11/21 05/02/21
Summer 1 05/17/21 04/27/21 05/03/21 05/11/21 05/13/21 07/04/21
Summer 2 07/12/21 06/22/21 06/28/21 07/06/21 07/08/21 08/29/21
Fall 1 09/06/21 08/17/21 08/23/21 08/31/21 09/02/21 10/24/21
Fall 2 11/01/21 10/12/21 10/18/21 10/26/21 10/28/21 12/19/21

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At WP, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started right away. Please note all requirements for admission to the MSN – Nursing Administration online program, including required documents and where to send them.

The requirements include:

BSN from an accredited institution
RN license valid and unencumbered
GPA of 3.0 or higher*

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You must meet the following requirements for admission to the MSN – Nursing Administration online program:

  • Submit online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume with two reference names (former faculty and current manager/supervisor)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, including courses in statistics, research, and physical assessment
  • An active RN license in the state where you practice
  • One year of RN work experience
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA*

*Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be matriculated with a condition that the student take 1-2 graduate nursing courses and earn a grade of B or better in order to continue in the program.

Official transcripts and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to:

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Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Services
William Paterson University
Morrison Hall 102
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470


In order to earn the MSN – Nursing Administration online, you must complete 31 credit hours and 170 clinical hours.

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NUR 5001: Theoretical Foundations For Nursing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on theory development and criteria for evaluating theories. Emphasis is on a variety of interdisciplinary and nursing theories and their application to clinical and community nursing based practice. Includes an exploration of contemporary issues in theory development and the relationship between theory and research in nursing as a practice discipline.

NUR 6021: Nursing Research Strategies: Translational Science

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides graduate students with the skills for critically evaluating and participating in nursing research, evidence-base clinical practice, quality improvement, & translational research. All phases of the research process for quantitative and qualitative designs are incorporated. Emphasis is placed on the relationship among theory, practice and research. Ethical implications of research are considered. Students address evidence-based practice and are introduced to quality improvement models. Each student develops a thesis pre-proposal with application to their area of clinical interest to be implemented as the masters’ thesis requirement.

NUR 5701: Population Health, Legislation and Social Policy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores the social determinants of health, political process, and development of social policy. Evidence-based populations interventions and outcomes will be examined. Selected legislation that influences healthcare delivery will be analyzed.

NUR 6070: Principles of Nursing Administration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Current leadership and management theory and strategy are used to examine issues within a multidisciplinary healthcare environment. Focus is on the critical study of the concept of leadership. Emphasis is placed on the development of leadership in self and others, ethical and legal issues, communication, change strategies, conflict management and team building.

NUR 6080: Financial Management of Community

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with beginning expertise in fiscal management so that clinically innovative programs can be proposed and implemented. Content reflects current changes in the healthcare delivery system, including a review of management decisions related to the allocation of financial resources in the not for profit sector as well as a study of cost problems with emphasis on profit planning. Includes computer applications of budgeting using electronic spreadsheets.

NUR 6062: Healthcare Data Analytics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3/p>

Data analytics plays an increasingly greater role in healthcare organizations. The course provides healthcare administrators with foundational knowledge of analytics, covering key components of the data analysis process, including strategies for effectively capturing and communicating information gleaned from data analytics efforts and performance improvement.

MKT 6085: Marketing for Decision-Making

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

Marketing is viewed as a system designed to create, capture, distribute, and communicate value to consumers and businesses. The course emphasizes the managerial approach to developing marketing strategy through analyses of business conditions, customers, and competitors. Emphasis is given to understanding buyer motivations, behaviors, and contexts as the basis for marketing decisions.

ACCT 6065: Financial Accounting for Decision-Makers

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

The course will focus on how to organize, present, analyze, and interpret financial accounting information. Accounting information is organized in the form of journals, special ledgers, and the general journal. Financial information is presented in the form of financial statements; principally, the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statements and statement of retained earnings. Management input in financial statements relates to interpretation of accounting numbers. Ethical issues are covered in this course on topics relating to control of cash and receivables, recognition of revenues and expenses, and separation of duties in relation to custody of assets and record keeping. The impact of technology on accounting and financial information systems will be incorporated in the course in discussions relating to management of cash and accounts receivable, valuation of inventory, and management of fixed assets.

ECON 6095: Economic Analysis for Decision-Makers

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

This course will help students to develop a comprehensive analysis of the micro and macroeconomic forces that shape and modify our economy. Supply and Demand, Revenue and Cost, wages, employment, regulations and taxation are discussed as they affect production, consumption, investment, trade, prices, quantities, profits, inequality, and the economy as a whole.

MGT 6045: Foundations of Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

This course takes a broad-based look at management and organizations in order to provide students with the building blocks needed for more advanced classes in the program. It exposes students to the history of management thought and to some of the most influential organizational theories. It uses insights from multiple disciplines such as economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and political economy and offers frameworks for analyzing modern organizations and current managerial practices. The course concludes with a discussion of contemporary issues in management.

MBA 6055: Statistics for Decision-Making

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

The main objective of this course is to introduce the basic statistical concepts and tools in order to form the foundation through which students can analyze data used for decision-making. The course is application-oriented and focuses on topics that are useful in business and industry such as descriptive statistics, probability, conceptual modeling, and problem formulation and decision analysis. The course prepares students to develop an understanding of how to deal with new trends in the industry such as big data and data mining.

FIN 6075: Finance for Decision-Makers

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

A study of the basic principles and practices of financial management of private (as opposed to government owned or affiliated) business operations. The principles and models discussed in the course can be equally applied to publicly listed companies as well as privately owned ones. This course includes an operational framework for financial analysis, financial planning including capital budgeting, along with valuation analysis and cost of capital. The basic framework of analysis used is that of risk and return, emphasizing that the objective of the firm is to maximize shareholder return, subject to satisfying societal and other stakeholder concerns.

NUR 7255: Advanced Nursing Role Practicum for the Administrator

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The roles and competencies of the nurse administrator. The practicum will provide students with experience in their functional role within a variety of health care settings with diverse populations. Clinical practicum requires 170 supervised hours. Students will interact with fellow classmates regarding important content throughout their practicum course so as to provide an integrative and holistic learning experience.

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