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Online MSN: Nurse Administrator Track

Program Overview

Lead your team in outstanding patient care.

Gain the leadership and business skills to guide organizational decision-making and lead a nursing team in the Nurse Administrator track.

Equip yourself with policy, finance, and leadership expertise, and emerge from Queens University of Charlotte as a nursing leader.

Gain the leadership and business skills to guide organizational decision-making and lead a nursing team in the Nurse Administrator track.

Equip yourself with policy, finance, and leadership expertise, and emerge from Queens University of Charlotte as a nursing leader.

Program Highlights


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CCNE-Accredited Experience

The master’s degree in nursing at Queens University of Charlotte are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accreditation means your degree demonstrates mastery of rigorous industry standards that encompass contemporary nursing knowledge, theory, and technology.

Career Outlook: Make Winning Decisions

A nursing team’s ability to provide excellent patient care owes much to its leadership, and demand for nursing managers is expected to climb 14.8 percent over the next decade.1

Careers in nursing administration involve a reduced primary focus on direct patient care. Instead, you will provide a bridge between management and nursing, guide decision-making to ensure your team is well-supported, and execute plans to improve the balance of healthcare access, cost, and quality.

Clinical Nurse Manager


As a clinical nurse manager, you would oversee personnel, manage schedules, and ensure appropriate levels of expertise among your team. You would coordinate and implement changes to internal processes and be the point of contact for patient concerns. The top 10 percent of clinical nurse managers earn more than $112,000 annually.2

Nursing Director


As a nursing director, you would represent nurses and patients in a position of executive management. You would advance the quality of patient care and nursing programs, manage the budget, and provide mentorship and supervision to your nursing team. The top 10 percent of nursing directors earn more than $128,000 annually.3

Chief Nursing Officer


As a chief nursing officer, you would advise on best care practices, develop patient care programs and services, manage the nursing budget, and ensure that patient care, clinical standards, and staffing standards are met. The top 10 percent of chief nursing officers earn more than $143,000 annually.4

Other titles you may qualify for:

  • Assistant director of nursing
  • Specialty clinic director
  • Director of nursing
  • Vice president of clinical operations
  • Nurse executive

Curriculum: The Business of Clinical Care

In the Nurse Administrator track, you spend half your credit hours gaining advanced, master’s-level nursing skills, and half gaining business administrative skills in leadership, management, interprofessional teamwork, and finance.

This program includes a total of 225 clinical hours at a location of your choice where you will implement the nurse administrator role, gaining real-world, hands-on experience around nursing’s role in a successful healthcare organization.

Course Spotlight: NUR 661 Leadership Principles and Practices

Gain an ethical framework for decision-making, and hone your leadership style. Understand how safety and regulatory issues impact your practice and learn strategies for keeping pace with industry developments.


Course Spotlight: NUR 662 Financial Management for Nurse Leaders

Gain an understanding of financial statements, revenue sources, and service costs, and learn to wield financial data and budgeting to keep both your organization and its patients healthy as they can be.

More Track Options

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Educator

Prepare to teach new nurses in the academic setting or guide experienced nurses in a healthcare setting.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Clinical Nurse Leader

Champion patient care, act as bridge between interdisciplinary teams, and provide advanced therapies.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nursing Informatics

Participate in the analysis, design, and implementation of information and communication systems. Study the effectiveness of nursing communications, review informatics research, and learn to deliver the education of nursing informatics and information technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore Queens’ Master of Science in Nursing, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question not covered here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.

Each track in the Master of Science in Nursing program will take two years to complete if you take two courses per semester, which is considered full-time. If you choose to study part-time, you can complete the program within four years.

View the CNL course plan, the nurse educator course plan, the nurse administrator course plan, or the nursing informatics course plan.

Growth in the nursing field will be strong over the next decade, with most nursing roles showing at least 14% growth, and some roles much higher, such as nursing instructors, which indicates 24% growth, according to Burning Glass Labor Insight.

Yes. To be considered for the Master of Science in Nursing program, you must have either a BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and nursing program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE, or be an RN with another type of bachelor’s degree.

In addition, you must also have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better on a 4.00 scale—as well as evidence of a current unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state in which you will complete any practicum requirements of the program. See the MSN Admission Requirements page for more information.

Your tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing program will cost approximately $20,350. Please note that this amount does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, loan fees, and other costs you might incur. See the MSN Tuition page for more information.

If you take two courses per semester, that would be considered full-time; however, you can also study on a part-time basis if you prefer.

There are six core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing program that must be completed, regardless of which track you choose. Then, you will complete your credit hours with courses specific to your chosen track. See the MSN Curriculum page for more information.

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  1. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  2. Payscale (2019 September 11). Average Clinical Nurse Manager Salary. Retrieved September 18, 2019, from
  3. Payscale (2019 September 10). Average Nursing Director Salary. Retrieved September 18, 2019, from
  4. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved November 1, 2019.