Master of Science in Nursing Executive Specialty Track

Chamberlain College of Nursing’s online Executive specialty track promotes the skills and knowledge essential to nurse leaders.

Chamberlain’s Master of Science in Nursing degree program meets the master’s degree eligibility requirement to sit for the American Organization of Nurse Executive’s (AONE) Nurse Executive Certification exam and American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Nurse Executive exam.

MSN & MBA Track Option
Through the MSN & MBA track option, you can earn both degrees faster and more cost-effectively. After completing the Chamberlain MSN Executive Specialty Track program, graduates have the option to apply to DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management (Keller) Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Qualifying credits earned at Chamberlain will apply to the Keller program, so you can earn your MBA with only eight additional courses instead of the 16 courses normally required. View a sample curriculum for the MSN & MBA track option.

Time and Cost Advantages

MSN Executive degree alone =

12 courses

Keller MBA degree alone =

16* courses

Earning degrees separately =

28 courses

MSN Executive Track plus Keller MBA option =

20 courses

Coursework includes the foundations of organizational leadership, including managerial communication, organizational change and decision-making. Students also complete a 100-hour leadership practicum with the support of an experienced nurse executive, allowing them to develop leadership skills.

View a sample curriculum plan. Click on a course name below for a full description:

Executive Specialty Track Curriculum:

MGMT-530 Organizational Decision-Making – 3 Credits

This course explores decision making from the perspective of managers who must decide how to allocate scarce resources under uncertainty. Combining qualitative and quantitative information is emphasized. Topics include framing decision problems, establishing evaluation criteria, determining trade-offs, constructing decision trees, estimating probabilities and risk and taking responsibility for consequences. The roles of judgment, intuition and heuristics in decision making are also explored. Students research a practical application of decision analysis. Prerequisites: MIS-566 or NR-512, NR-500, NR-501, NR-504, NR-505, NR-506

MGMT-550 Managerial Communication – 3 Credits

Managerial Communication emphasizes communication competencies that help ensure business success. Students learn how to write effective, persuasive and negative messages; conduct business research, analyze information and write a business proposal or report; deliver an effective oral presentation with visual aids; and create corporate training materials. Also addressed are group dynamics, intercultural communication, media relations and ethics. Prerequisites: MIS-566 or NR-512, NR-500, NR-501, NR-504, NR-505, NR-506

MGMT-591 Leadership & Organizational Behavior – 3 Credits

This course examines inter- and intra-personal dynamics as they affect the achievement of corporate goals. Topics include theories of organizational behavior concepts and applications, including motivation, group dynamics, organizational communication processes, leadership, power, authority, team-building and organizational development. Managing change in a complex domestic and international environment is also emphasized. Students are provided with a solid foundation for examining organizational
behavior in a systematic manner. Prerequisites: MIS-566 or NR-512, NR-500, NR-501, NR-504, NR-505, NR-506

HRM-587 Managing Organizational Change – 3 Credits

This course addresses concepts and techniques required to successfully implement change across an organization. Coursework focuses on identifying an organization’s vision as well as opportunities that can align the vision with the organization’s structures, processes, culture and orientation to the environment. Also addressed are opportunities for, and problems in, managing human dynamics in organizations, including intervention techniques, models, principles and values that indicate how to take charge of planned change efforts in order to achieve success. Prerequisites: MIS-566 or NR-512, NR-500, NR-501, NR-504, NR-505, NR-506

NR-630 Executive Practicum – 3 Credits  (Theory 0.5, Practicum 2.5)

This course emphasizes the application of leadership and management theories and concepts for the nurse executive role. The student demonstrates the competencies essential to the nurse leader. The role is implemented, applied and analyzed in a healthcare organizational setting in collaboration with a nurse leader mentor. Evidence-based leadership and management strategies are developed and implemented in the selected organizational environment. Prerequisites: HRM-587, MGMT-530, MGMT-550, MGMT-591, MIS-566 or NR-512, NR-500, NR-501, NR-504, NR-505, NR-506

NR-660 Capstone – 3 Credits

This capstone course provides an intensive experience in critical analysis, designed to broaden students’ perspectives and provide an opportunity for the integration of knowledge gained throughout the curriculum. Students must complete a scholarly project, which synthesizes advanced knowledge and skills, to address an area of relevance to professional nursing in nursing informatics, leadership or education. Prerequisite: NR-500 and all courses in the specialty track chosen by the student, including the practicum course(s).

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* Foundations of Managerial Mathematics, GM400, and Foundations of Professional Communications,GM410, must be completed by students requiring additional mathematics preparation and/or development of writing skills. Additional tuition charges may apply.

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Dianne“Senior leadership has noticed the changes in my leadership abilities and the overall success of my department, which are both a direct result of the education I received from Chamberlain.”

Dianne N., MSN & MBA Track Option

Nursing Executive Career Opportunities

The Executive Specialty Track prepares you for roles including:

  • Nurse Executive
  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Healthcare Administrator