Prepare to Lead Change with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration

The rapidly changing and growing field of health care is creating an increased demand for qualified professionals to lead in myriad healthcare settings. Azusa Pacific’s Master of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Administration and Leadership program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing who are looking to advance their career and move into healthcare management and leadership roles. Centered on APU's values-based education, the program aims to develop compassionate, collaborative leaders dedicated to making a difference in health care.

With courses offered in flexible formats, the program supports working professionals. Learn more about the program format.

Growing Need for Healthcare Administrators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare administration jobs are anticipated to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, considerably higher than the average for most other occupations. Much of this growth is expected to stem from a healthcare system that will see increased demand from an aging baby boomer population, as well as the development of technology that allows patients to live longer lives. This demand means more hospitals, clinics, physicians, and other healthcare professionals are needed, along with an increased number of health administrators to ensure that operational systems run smoothly. With a focus on nursing leadership in healthcare systems, APU students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and manage a team of healthcare providers in fields such as operations management, project management, and healthcare consulting.

Program Highlights

Students will:

  • Experience interdisciplinary education with students in the School of Nursing and the School of Business and Management.
  • Take nursing core courses focused on the critical analysis of nursing and healthcare research and theory, bioethics, healthcare policy, and the integration of spirituality in health care.
  • Take healthcare administration and leadership courses focused on leadership styles and theories, strategic planning, quality improvement and patient safety, change management, effective communication and conflict resolution skills, staffing challenges and constraints, financial management, and healthcare informatics.
  • Fulfill educational requirements necessary to sit for the American Organization of Nurse Executives nursing leadership exam.
  • Learn from experienced faculty-practitioners who provide opportunities for students to put course material into practice.

School of Nursing Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The master's degree in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Azusa Pacific University are accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.