UW-Green Bay’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management in Health Systems is intended for RNs holding a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). The curriculum provides students with knowledge and skills to improve outcomes in areas of quality processes, cost savings, and patient satisfaction. Core content within the curriculum includes leadership, fiscal management, evaluative methods, information systems, healthcare policy, communication, organizational behavior, and program planning. Didactic and practicum courses comprise the curriculum. Practicum experiences are arranged with health care facilities near students’ home or work. The curriculum adheres to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (2011) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

Consistent with the mission of the Professional Program in Nursing at UW-Green Bay, the MSN program aims to: 1) Provide high quality, student-centered graduate nursing education that builds on prior experience, knowledge and skills of RNs; 2) Prepare leaders to think critically and address complex health issues in a multicultural and evolving world; and 3) Meet the needs of the nursing profession and society to improve health and healthcare delivery.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems program closely follow the University-wide policy for admission to graduate programs. The requirements include:

  • BSN degree from a program accredited by a professional nursing organization (e.g., National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • 3.0 grade point average (measured on a 4.0 scale) or higher on BSN degree transcript.
  • Evidence of receiving a grade of “C” or better in a college-level inferential statistics course within the past 5 years. An inferential statistics course is available online from UW-Green Bay for potential applicants.
  • No entrance exams required (e.g., GRE, MAT).

Required application materials for the MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems program. Submit the following to the UW-Green Bay Graduate Office:

  • A completed application form and the application fee.
  • A 200-300 written statement describing academic interest in leadership and management, nursing strengths and capabilities, knowledge of online technology (computer use, online coursework, etc.), reasons for pursuing a MSN degree, and description of where you see yourself in five years.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each previous college or university attended, sent directly to UW-Green Bay from these institutions.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can assess your academic potential.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Copy of current, unencumbered U.S. RN license.

Upon admission to the program, you will need to provide the following to the coordinator of the MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems:

  • A professional photo of yourself or one of you at your job which UW-Green Bay will use for education and marketing purposes.
  • A background check from the UW-Green Bay vendor.
  • Proof of current Basic Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

International Students
International students should visit, http://www.uwgb.edu/graduate/international/, for additional information on the following requirements.

  • Evidence of English Proficiency (such as a TOEFL score).
  • Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or a similar evaluation service.
  • Evidence of financial resources.
  • Financial Support Statement.

Special Students
Persons holding a bachelor’s or higher-level degree who wish to enroll in courses but do not want to pursue a MSN in Leadership and Management in Health Systems degree may enroll as special students. Graduate credit will be awarded provided that the student registers in graduate-level courses as a graduate special student and pays appropriate fees.

Steps Toward the Degree

  1. Applicant is admitted to a graduate program.
  2. Student submits an Official Declaration of Master’s Degree (Form GR-1) to the Office of Graduate Studies no later than the end of the semester in which the first six graduate credits are completed.
  3. Student undertakes a capstone project identified in collaboration with a health care facility and faculty adviser.
  4. Student disseminates the capstone project in a suitable format (e.g., manuscript for publication, presentation).
  5. Student files an Application for Graduation with the Registrar’s Office through the Student Information System (SIS) when the capstone project is successfully completed.
  6. Degree is awarded and graduate receives diploma.

Degree Requirements

The 34-credit curriculum consists of 12 graduate courses. Students in the program are required to earn a grade of “B” or better in all required courses. The program is delivered via a part-time model. Students can complete the program in 6 semesters (fall I, spring I, summer I, fall II, spring II, summer II) with two courses offered each semester. A professional project is the capstone of the program’s academic experience. The professional project is in lieu of a thesis.

Three practicum courses (9 credits) are required and in total amount to 504 practicum hours. Practicum I course prerequisites are Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice in Health Systems and Program Planning for Population Health. Practicum II course prerequisites are Practicum I, Theories of Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Systems, Leadership in Health Systems, Economics and Policy in Health Systems, Human Resource Management in Health Systems, Informatics in Health Systems, and (pre or co-requisite) Financial Management in Health Systems. Practicum III course prerequisites are Practicum I and Practicum II.

Minimum of 34 credits

NURSING 734 Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice in Health Systems, 3 cr.

NURSING 737 Leadership in Health Systems, 3 cr.

NURSING 741 Theories of Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Systems, 3 cr.

NURSING 745 Economics and Policy in Health Systems, 3 cr.

NURSING 750 Human Resource Management in Health Systems, 3 cr.

NURSING 755 Program Planning for Population Health, 2 cr.

NURSING 760 Informatics in Health Systems, 3 cr.

NURSING 770 Practicum I Evidence-Based Clinical Care in Health Systems, 3 cr.

NURSING 772 Practicum II Leadership and Management in Health Systems, 3 cr.

NURSING 774 Practicum III Advanced Leadership and Management in Health Systems, 3 cr.

NURSING 780 Financial Management in Health Systems, 3 cr.

NURSING 785 Environmental Sustainability in Health Systems, 2 cr.

Faculty/Advisers

DeVillers, Mary Jo, Assistant Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; M.S.N., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago.

Fields of interest: ethics, moral distress in nursing, technology enhanced distance education.

Gallagher-Lepak, Susan, Associate Professor, Nursing and Program Chair. B.S.N, Marquette University, Milwaukee; M.S.N., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Fields of interest: quality of life issues, chronic illness, online learning.

Kubsch, Sylvia (Mimi), Associate Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., California State University–Long Beach; M.S.N., University of California-Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Fields of interest: professional nursing, nursing theory, complementary therapies.

Reilly, Janet, Assistant Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., Alverno College, Milwaukee; M.S.N., Concordia University, Milwaukee; D.N.P., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

Fields of interest: perceived stress and sense of belonging, community/public health, technology and online teaching/learning.

Tyczkowski, Brenda, Assistant Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; M.S.N., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; D.N.P., Kansas State University, Kansas City.

Fields of interest: patient advocacy, organizational change, quality of care issues in nursing homes.

Vandenhouten, Christine, Assistant Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., Marian College, Fond du Lac; M.S.N., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Ph.D., Marquette University, Milwaukee.

Fields of interest: assessment and evaluation methods, community/public health, global health.