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Nursing Management and Quality Leadership (MS), 1-year (Online, On Campus)

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Advance your career and take on new leadership roles as an agent for positive change in healthcare with the MS in Nursing Management and Quality Leadership.

Overview & Distinctions


Today’s healthcare climate demands nursing leaders be flexible, creative, and able to empower others. The Nursing Management and Quality Leadership MS program will ensure you develop the organizational, business, and people skills needed to meet those demands and take charge of your healthcare career. 

Graduates of the program will work as administrators, managers, and supervisors in a wide-range of primary care settings and healthcare-focused organizations. As a student, you'll develop financial skills, explore health policy and advocacy, and learn how to use data and information to solve large-scale nursing problems.

Our program is designed to accommodate working nurses through a fully-online program and a low-residency program where students take later classes on campus. The program can be completed in one year or students can build their semesters around their schedules.

If you're ready to take on new challenges and become a leader dedicated to promoting superior outcomes and safe patient care, D'Youville's experienced and dedicated faculty are prepared to help you develop the skills you need for career growth and success.

What You'll Learn

As a student in D’Youville’s Nursing Management and Quality Leadership MS program, you will:

  • Learn how to communicate effectively and develop a leadership environment that supports a healthcare team and patients.
  • Develop financial skills to target healthcare issues from managing your healthcare team to completing budgets and performing audits.
  • Analyze information to solve organizational problems and ensure you are delivering quality care through cost-effective methods.
  • Complete 180 hours of hands-on fieldwork under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and faculty to apply what you've learned in the classroom to the real world.

Why Choose D'Youville?

A Tradition of Educating Nursing Leaders

As the oldest continually-operating nursing school in Western New York, D'Youville's Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing has a tradition for student-centered education and with faculty involved in private practice, research, and patient-advocacy the D'Youville nursing faculty is committed to keeping students current, relevant, and prepared for changing career environments. 

A Respected and Accredited Nursing School

A degree from D'Youville's CCNE-accredited Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing is a sign to employers that you've received instruction under rigorous standards and your credentials are a symbol of your hard work and potential.

A Mission of Service to the World Community

The nursing program at D'Youville reflects D'Youville's mission to educate professionals who contribute to the world community through leadership and service to others.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville, applicants for the program must present the following:

  • Official transcripts from all college/universities attended.
  • Applicants to the MS program: a baccalaureate degree in nursing or an entry-level master's degree or entry-level doctoral degree from a program accredited by an organization recognized by the U. S Department of Education. Ontario-based programs must be recognized by CNO.
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in nursing earned more than five years ago, with an overall GPA less than 3.0 but more than or equal to 2.7 and who have achieved significant professional success as documented on curricula vitae, may submit an application for consideration. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in New York for students completing their practicum in NYS and licensure in Ontario for students completing their practicum in Ontario.
  • Students enrolling in the online program option must have an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state where the clinical practicum will take place.
  • One year of practice as a registered nurse is recommended.
  • An undergraduate course in statistics and computer science or its equivalent.
  • Two references on clinical performance (supervisor, professor, or colleague with an advanced degree).
  • Curriculum vitae for the last 5 years.
  • A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently enrolled in a master of nursing program at another college or university must obtain a letter from that School of Nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.
  • Favorable interview with program director.

Canadian RN students must submit two licensure items:

  • A copy of original Certificate of Registration (issued upon passing of initial examination)
  • A copy of Annual Registration Renewal (showing current unencumbered license)

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may transfer up to nine graduate credits with grades of B or better into their program at the discretion of the program director. Credits must be earned from an accredited institution in courses required by the program being pursued.


Courses & Curriculum

Courses & Curriculum

The 30-credit Master of Science in Nursing Management and Quality Leadership curriculum is designed to provide the robust skills and necessary leadership skills for graduates to move into management positions in their careers.

Course requirements for the program include: 

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 600

Theory Development in Nursing Research

This course will present a critique of theories used in nursing practice and in nursing research. Students will develop an understanding of the philosophical and historical trends that shape theories that are applied to the discipline of nursing and impact the delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on the process of concept analysis and the application of theory to nursing practice. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: undergraduate statistics course and student must be enrolled in a graduate program or have the permission of the instructor.

Prerequisites: None

NUR 601

Research Methods in Nursing

This course will provide the foundational knowledge needed by masters' prepared nurses in order to design and evaluate research methodologies used for investigating clinical problems. The components of research design including settings, sampling frames, instrumentation, subject selection, and validity threats will be presented. Computer programs used for statistical analyses in nursing and health-related research will be reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the masters prepared nurse as a producer and consumer of research. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: undergraduate statistics course and student must be enrolled in a graduate program or have the permission of the instructor.

Prerequisites: None

NUR 610

Project Seminar Design & Proposal

Critical discussion of current nursing practice,nursing education or nursing administration challenges or other needs of the profession,as related to gaps representing project opportunities. Students will identify and delineate a project concept,with subsequent development of the project.

Prerequisites: NUR-600 NUR-601

NUR 613

Nursing Leadership and Communication

Today's climate demands nursing leaders to be flexible, creative, and able to empower others. Strategies are drawn from both leadership and management theories. Nurses lead and manage nursing care for a variety of populations. Internal and external communication continues to be one of the most important challenges for healthcare leaders. This course will discuss the changed role of a nurse leader, general administration and management, decision-making, entrepreneurship, cost-effective, communication and committed care.
Offered in: Fall and Spring
Prerequisites: None

NUR 614

Financial Management for Nurse Leaders

Today's healthcare organizations are challenging. Throughout this course the students will be reviewing financial issues, financial problems, and financial methods that exist in various health care settings. The course will review delivery of care, labor relations, personnel management, including budgets; audits and fiscal responsibility.

Prerequisites: None

NUR 615

Nurse Leadership Practicum

This course provides the opportunity for the clinical application of theories and principles from classroom learning in the area of nursing leadership. There is a requirement of 180 hours of fieldwork under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and faculty.

Prerequisites: NUR-613 NUR-614

NUR 621

Healthcare Quality and Safety

Healthcare quality has been shown to be a very powerful tool to assist healthcare organizations to be more effective but also to support the safe delivery of services while improbing patient outcomes. This course will focus on the healthcare quality and safety standards applied to both inpatient and outpatient settings across health care organizations. Healthcare quality and safety standards impact patient outcomes and often financial reimbursement.
Offered in: Fall and Spring
Prerequisites: None

NUR 626

Nursing Informatics

Health care continues to evolve in an increasingly competitive information market. Nursing Informatics is a combination of information from nursing, concepts from computer sciences, cognitive science, information science, and mursing science. This course focuses on nursing informatics and the foundation of the knowledge model.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

NUR 629

Project Advisement: Implement and Evaluation

This course provides continuing systematic development of a clinically-based project that addresses a problem important to nursing. The problem may be related to health policy,health education,health administration,community-based initiatives or patient-population problems. During this course,the student will meet with their project director to complete the design,and implement and evaluate his or her project according to School of Nursing guidelines.

Prerequisites: NUR-610

NUR 650

Nursing & Organizational Leadership

Today's climate demands nursing leaders to be flexible, creative and able to empower others. Strategies are drawn from both leadership and management theories. Nurses lead and manage nursing care for a variety of populations. Internal and external communication continues to be one of the most important challenges for healthcare leaders. This course will discuss the changed role of a nurse leader, general administration and management, decision-making, entrepreneurship, cost-effective communication and committed care.

Prerequisites: NUR-613

NUR 651

Hlth Policy & Advocacy for Nurse Leaders

The healthcare environment is changing every day and it is influenced by technological, economic, political, and socio cultural factors locally and globally. Health care in the United States encompasses a wide spectrum, ranging from the highest-quality, most compassionate treatment of those with complex illnesses to poor outcomes for those unable to understand, afford and navigate the complexities of care networks. Nurse leaders have the knowledge and skills to promote health and advance values like social justice through policy processes and advocacy.

Prerequisites: NUR-613

NUR 652

Population Health & Outcomes

This course will introduce students to the impact that health systems, political agendas, economic policies, environmental regulations and regulatory mandates have on individual measures of health. Students will use publicly available databases and tools to investigate specific health outcomes such as the leading causes of death,disability and the burden of chronic disease. International travel, global warming, the impact of infectious disease and how immigration policies impact the health of Americans will be determined.

Prerequisites: None

Total 30



Working nurses know there is a shortage of nurses around the world and that shortage is reflected in a fast-growing need for educated and prepared nursing leadership. D’Youville's program was designed by practicing faculty to fill that need.

A Nursing Leader and Manager's Role

Nurse managers are the leaders of nursing teams and play pivotal roles in supporting, recruiting, and managing nursing employees. Since nurse managers have experience as practicing nurses they are uniquely qualified to understand the demands of a primary care environment and balance administrative and staff decisions while ensuring patients receive superior care.

Graduates with an MS degree in Nursing Management and Quality Leadership work as managers, administrators, and directors in various healthcare fields from hospitals to nursing homes to becoming independent contractors.

Career Outlook

Demand for nursing leaders and managers is expected to mirror a strong demand for registered nurses as an aging and active population, a rise in chronic conditions, and a new emphasis on preventive care increases healthcare needs.

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