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Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Administration online


This online degree program prepares professional nurses to become advanced practice nurses and to assume leadership roles within a variety of healthcare settings including nursing informatics and executive positions.

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Lamar University's JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing is the proud home of one of the nation's top two online master's degrees in nursing administration. Designed to deepen your clinical, theoretical and research skills, our online Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Administration online allows you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to assume more of a primary care role as healthcare reform creates greater demand for access to quality care.

icon $12,136* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 24 months Program Duration
icon 37 Credit Hours
icon $12,136* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 24 months Program Duration
icon 37 Credit Hours

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Gain expertise in strategic management, resource management and creating a safe, supportive and inclusive practice environment

Learn effective strategies for assessing and improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of care.

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$12,136 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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Lamar University's online Master of Science in Nursing programs offer five opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

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8-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall II 2019 10/21/2019 9/26/2019 10/3/2019 10/14/2019 12/10/2019
Spring I 2020 1/21/2020 1/3/2020 1/10/2020 1/13/2020 3/13/2020
Spring II 2020 3/23/2020 3/2/2020 3/9/2020 3/16/2020 5/12/2020
Summer I 2020 6/1/2020 5/11/2020 5/18/2020 5/26/2020 7/6/2020
16-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 2019 1/22/2019 1/6/2019 1/14/2019 1/17/2019 5/14/2019
Fall 2019 8/26/2019 8/5/2019 8/12/2019 8/22/2019 12/3/2019
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Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.


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University Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • GPA of 3.0 overall or higher (or for the last 60 hours of college coursework). This includes any graduate hours that may have been acquired.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited nursing program Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and/or ACEN.
  • Current unencumbered, verifiable Registered Nurse (RN) license from any state in the United States covered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
  • College statistics course (with a grade of “C” or better). Conditional admission without statistics course but must be completed prior to MSNC 5311 (Nursing Research). Students are strongly recommended to repeat college statistics if they have not had it within the past five years.

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*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require or college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

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Lamar University's nursing administration degree online consists of 37 credit hours, 22 of which are specific to the nursing administration track.

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Please note that Statistics is a pre-requisite to the MSN program.

MSNC 5310: Theoretical Foundations

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examine theoretical foundations guiding advanced nursing practice. Prerequisites: Permission

MSNC 5311: Nursing Research

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analyze research methods, focusing on formulating a practice-related research problem, searching the literature, research design, sampling, and evaluation of research instruments, data collection strategies and analysis of data. Students are expected to analyze and critique research literature for scientific merit, and to discuss the practical application of scientific findings for practice. Prerequisites: MSNC 5310.

MSNC 5319: Advanced Nursing Issues & Health Policy

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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MSNC 5195: Evidence-Based Project I

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Develop a proposal, using research methods, to investigate a problem. Prerequisites: MSNC 5310, 5311, 5312, 5315 and pre- or co-requisite: MSNA 5321 or MSNE 5254

MSNC 5396: Evidence-Based Project II

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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MSNC 5395 : Evidence-Based Project I

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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MSNA 5323: Health Information Systems

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examines technology as it applies to the role of Nurse Administrator. Students will explore current trends and issues in the application of concepts related to nursing informatics and healthcare technology in nursing practice.

MSNA 5320: Role Development for Nurse Administrators

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Develop knowledge and skills relevant to leadership in healthcare organizations. Emphasis is on role of the nurse as a nurse administrator. Prerequisites: MSNC 5310

MSNA 5331: Directing & Controlling Healthcare

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Use quality improvement models as the foundation for directing and controlling healthcare delivery. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of human resources and budgeting processes. Corequisite: MSNC 5321

MSNA 5321: Planning & Organizing Healthcare

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Use midlevel change and systems theory as the foundation for planning and organizing healthcare delivery. Emphasis is placed on analysis of the mission, philosophy, strategic planning and organizational structures. Prerequisites: MSNA 5320

ACCT 5315: Financial Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Concepts of financial accounting. Emphasis is on the conceptual framework of accounting and preparation and uses of financial statements. Additional topics include, Managerial Accounting and Cost Concepts, Cost Volume Profit Analysis, Flexible Budgets and Standard Costs and Variance Analysis.

MKTG 5300: Marketing Concepts

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Marketing orientation and concepts; marketing programs of domestic and global perspectives in the formulation and development of strategies with regard to price, product, channels of distribution, and promotion of goods and services within an ever-changing environment. Prerequisites: Graduate

MSNA 5221: Administration Practicum I

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Apply midlevel change and systems theory for planning and organizing healthcare delivery through a preceptored experience.

MSNC 5232: Administration Practicum II

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Apply quality improvement models to work with human resources in a healthcare organization through a preceptored experience.

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