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

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The rapidly changing and growing field of health care is creating an increased demand for qualified professionals to lead in myriad healthcare settings. Centered on APU's values-based education, Azusa Pacific’s Master of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Administration and Leadership program aims to develop compassionate, collaborative leaders dedicated to making a difference in health care.

Available fully online with some courses also available at three Southern California locations, this MSN 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. Whether you choose to complete the program entirely online or take a few classes on campus, course scheduling is designed to support working professionals. Learn more about the program format.

Growing Need for Healthcare Administrators

Much of this field's 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 translates to a need for more hospitals, clinics, physicians and other healthcare professionals, along with an increased number of health administrators to ensure that operational systems run smoothly.

How to Know If You’re Ready for a Master’s in Nursing

With the healthcare field rapidly growing, opportunities for nurses to step into leadership roles are on the rise. These career benchmarks can help you know if you’re ready to take the next step and lead in nursing.

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 Nursing Leadership nursing leadership exam.
  • Learn from experienced faculty-practitioners who provide opportunities for students to put course material into practice.

School of Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Azusa Pacific University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The traditional baccalaureate nursing program, upper-division transfer (2+2/LVN to BSN) programs, entry-level master’s program, and the nurse practitioner program are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2023 edition named Azusa Pacific to its list of top national universities and several other significant lists, including First-Year Experiences and Top Performers on Social Mobility. The Princeton Review designated APU as 1 of 126 institutions in the “Best Western Colleges” section of its 2023 Best Colleges guide. APU’s School of Nursing was named a top nursing school in California for 2023 by College Factual and Niche. APU was included as a top-100 degree producer by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Azusa Pacific is also a Military Friendly School and Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.