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Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Executive

Prepare to lead with an advanced nursing degree.

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MSN Nurse Executive Overview

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Do you have a BSN and want to prepare for a leadership role? If so, a master of science in nursing (MSN), nurse executive degree will increase your professional knowledge and understanding while developing your natural leadership skills. 

In the MSN nurse executive program at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) at Alliant International University, you’ll work with experienced nurse educators to prepare to take on more responsibility, expand your skills in professional decision-making, and gain valuable business and supervisorial experience.

The MSN nurse executive online curriculum is aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) New Essentials for Advanced-Level Nursing Education (AACN, 2021) and the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) Nurse Leader Competencies. This 36-credit nurse executive masters program is taught entirely online, takes two years to complete, and incorporates 500 hours of completing a systems leadership project with a mentor.


Program Highlights

Hands-On, Real-World Training

Although the core classes are all online, you’ll have the opportunity to complete 500 hours of nursing leadership and clinical experience at a location of your choice.

Preparation for Certification

Graduates will be prepared to apply to become a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML), Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) through AONL, a Nurse Executive (NE-BC), or a Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certification (NEA-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

High-Level Leadership Training

When you enter the nursing leadership program, you’ll be assessed to determine your competencies, which will help you discover your nursing leadership style and areas that need strengthening. Part of your preparation for clinical nurse leader certification will include an evidence-based project that addresses the strategic goals of the institution where conducted. 

Accreditation and Alignment

Alliant is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The MSN nurse executive program curriculum is aligned with the AACN New Essentials for Advanced-Level Nursing Education (AACN, 2021) and the AONL Nurse Leader Competencies.

Addressing Contemporary Healthcare Issues

Our courses are designed to adapt to the current landscape of healthcare. Dive into the strategic priorities across the healthcare organization, the intricacies of nurse leadership, nursing informatics and more. These MSN nurse executive online courses are crafted to equip you with the skills and knowledge to navigate and lead in today's dynamic healthcare environment. 



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Degree Information

The MSN nurse executive program aligns with the latest patient care technologies. To understand the concepts and skills taught throughout your program, you’ll develop your abilities to think critically and use strong management and leadership skills on the job. You’ll learn to collaborate with other nurses and healthcare providers to provide the best possible outcomes for your patients.

When you complete the program, you’ll be prepared to apply to become a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML), Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) through AONL, a Nurse Executive (NE-BC), or a Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certification (NEA-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 



The Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Executive program at Alliant International School of Nursing & Health Sciences is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.


Student Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the MSN nurse executive program, you’ll be trained to: 

  • Synthesize concepts from nursing and other disciplines to establish a foundation of advanced nursing practice while fostering a strong professional nursing identity.
  • Translate nursing science through scholarship and evidence-based practice utilizing information systems and technologies to promote safe, effective, ethical, and person-centered healthcare.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and relationship management skills to foster interprofessional collaboration, healthy work environments, and build strong partnerships within the institution, profession, and community. 
  • Critically analyze the complex influence of sociocultural, political, economic, and technological trends on health policy, reimbursement, and the healthcare delivery system in relation to access, cost, quality, and barriers to care.
  • Utilize business, finance, and advanced nursing and healthcare leadership principles to formulate strategies to advance strategic priorities across the organization.


Career Prospects for Graduates of the MSN Nurse Executive Program

Graduates of the MSN nurse executive program may pursue a variety of roles, such as:

  • Supervising direct reports
  • Motivating performance of others on a team
  • Applying business skills like managing a budget
  • Analyzing relevant data
  • Developing a desired workplace culture 
  • Overseeing compliance and regulations 
  • Directing quality assurance and risk management programs


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the degree program start?

The MSN nurse executive program begins in January of 2024. 


How long does it take to complete the program?

The MSN nurse executive program is 36 credits, online, and takes two years. You’ll also complete 500 hours of clinical experience at the location of your choice.


What is the modality of this program?

Core courses are offered online with a clinical experience that takes place at a location of your choice. 


Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.

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The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) helps prepare students to  enter the field of healthcare with a state-of-the-art simulation center and lab, small class sizes, textbooks and other resources on an electronic tablet, and an AACN-aligned curriculum.


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