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Program Course Core Elements:

NURS 7314 Nursing and Health Systems Administration


This course is designed to prepare the professional chief nurse executive to provide strategic direction for all aspects of nursing care and care delivery operations for multiple clinical departments, hospitals, and service lines across the care continuum in regional and/or national healthcare systems to provide value.


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)


NURS 7321 Statistical Analysis for Quality Improvement and Health Delivery Systems
PH 1690 Foundations of Biostatistics
NURS 7301 Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Translational Science I
NURS 7323 Design and Analysis for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Translational Science II


  1. Analyze healthcare systems’ organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for providing quality and value across the care continuum.
  2. Analyze planning strategies at the highest organizational levels for the development of strategic and operational goals.
  3. Design effective and efficient strategic and operational management systems
  4. Develop plans for effective and efficient clinical care systems
  5. Describe the components for effective and efficient financial, human resource and knowledge building systems for a healthcare system with multiple components.
  6. Synthesize approaches for utilizing evidence in executive management and continuous improvement.


Content Outline
·  Roles of the Chief Nurse Executive
·  Value in Healthcare Delivery
·  Organizational Assessment Strategies
·  Strategic Management
·  Operational Management
·  Clinical Care Systems
·  Financial, Human Resource, and Knowledge Building Systems
·  Evidenced Based Executive Management and Continuous Improvement
·  Role Modeling for Future Nurse Executives




Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website:

Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


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