MSN Leadership in the Healthcare System

The MSN Leadership in the Healthcare System program prepares nurses for leadership positions in administration in a variety of health care systems.

The 30 credit hour program provides 18 credits of core nursing courses and 12 credits in Nursing Leadership and Management. Those who participate will experience a focused curriculum that is aligned with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Manager and Leader Certification. Students will be poised academically to pursue a certification and professional employment options in nursing leadership. The leadership concentration prepares student to continue study at the Doctoral level.

Benefits of an MSN in Leadership degree:

  • Become eligible to be board certified as a Nurse Executive or Nurse Executive
  • Earn highly respected credentials
  • Aspire to nursing management positions
  • Prepare for continued studies at the doctoral level
  • Gain skills to implement immediately on the job

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About the Cohort Program

The Jacksonville University, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences, Keigwin School of Nursing has a long standing tradition of teaching RN-BSN and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses off-campus on a rotating basis at hospitals around the city.

The Cohort program is designed to afford busy working registered nurses the ability to obtain their graduate degree at a reduced tuition rate, in a setting that is familiar and convenient. Located at a satellite institution, classes are held in the evenings one night a week. Students take one course every 8-weeks, which offers the opportunity to complete a Master's degree in roughly 22 months.

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Post Graduate Certificate

In addition to the MSN cognate, we offer a Post-Masters certificate in Leadership in the Healthcare System. Students who possess an MSN degree are eligible to enroll in the Post-Masters certificate program. Participants of the Leadership in the Healthcare System certificate program will be complete four leadership specialization concentrated course plus the MSN capstone course, if they have not already previously completed the course.

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Download a printable MSN Leadership in the Healthcare System cohort flyer.

Admission into the Cohort program is conducted on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission;

  • Completed Application
    • MSN Cohort, Post-Master Certificate, or Post Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate nursing GPA on a 4.0 scale is required
    • Graduation from a CCNE, NLN or ACEN accredited BSN program
  • Official GRE scores of 290 or higher
    • The requirement of official GRE scores will be waived for all applicants who have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate nursing GPA
  • Evidence of completion of undergraduate courses in statistics and physical assessment
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Intent
    • A personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and detailing your professional goals. Should not exceed 2 pages.
  • Copy of active Florida license to practice as a Registered Nurse
    • Out of state applicants must have valid RN license from a US state and be eligible for license endorsement in the state of Florida.
  • Students whose first language is not English, must also take the TOEFL Examination and score either 540 on the paper-based exam, or 76 on internet-based exam

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If you decide to apply, please have official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions at Jacksonville University. JU requires applicants to send all transcripts even if the course resulted in a drop, withdrawal, failure, or if the course was transferred to another school - we will still need the original transcript to be sent to us. Without each and every transcript, a delay in the admissions process may occur. For information on how to send JU your transcripts, please visit the Registrar's transcript instructions site. Please order transcripts as soon as possible as it may take a while for it to be mailed and delivered to our Admission's Office.


To obtain a Master's of Science in Nursing - Leadership in Healthcare System (MSN) degree, each student must complete 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework. The credits include MSN core courses and the specialization courses. Students matriculate a total of 10 MSN level nursing courses throughout the duration of the program.

MSN Nursing Core (18 credits)

  • NUR 510: Nursing Theory & Research I (3)
  • NUR 512: Organization, Delivery, and Policy in Healthcare (3)
  • NUR 514: Nursing Leadership and Advanced Roles (3)
  • NUR 516: Information Systems & Technology for Improved Healthcare (3)
  • NUR 520: Nursing Research & Theory II (3)
  • NUR 551: Advanced Role Practicum (3)

Specialization Courses in Leadership in Healthcare System (12 credits)

  • NUR 530 Financial Management of Nursing Systems (3)
  • NUR 531 Human Resource Management in Healthcare (3)
  • NUR 532 Nursing Leadership & the Healthcare System (3)
  • NUR 533 Quality & Safety in Healthcare (3)

Total Credits for an MSN in Leadership in Healthcare System: 30 credit hours

Students who are enrolled in the Post Masters certificate program, will take the following four leadership concentrated course plus the MSN capstone course (If they have not previously completed the course.)

Certificate in Leadership in Healthcare System (15 credits)

  • NUR 530 Financial Management of Nursing Systems (3)
  • NUR 531 Human Resource Management in Healthcare (3)
  • NUR 532 Nursing Leadership & the Healthcare System (3)
  • NUR 533 Quality & Safety in Healthcare (3)
  • NUR 551 Advanced Role Practicum (3)


For tuition information, please visit Student Financial Services.

Upcoming Cohort

  • *Start Date Pushed to Spring I*: January 2021
  • Location: JU Downtown -  Vystar Building
  • Classes will be held Thursday night from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Application Deadline: December 4, 2020

Interested in applying or want more information regarding upcoming cohort events? Please complete our Nursing Cohort Inquiry Form to be added to our email list, or contact us at  


Angelica Novo, M.Ed.

Cohort Coordinator 

For information about our online MSN program, please visit the MSN Online Program website.

Master of Science in Nursing

Keigwin School of Nursing

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