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College of Nursing to offer Leadership Programs


The College of Nursing will initiate two leadership education opportunities for nurses:  The Master’s in Nursing Science (MSN) in Organizational Leadership and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nurse Executive Leadership beginning Fall 2015. 

The MSN in Organizational Leadership program is designed to prepare graduates to function in multiple leadership roles in nursing and health systems, with knowledge and skills in health administration and leadership, finance, policy, research and evidenced-based practice. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification in nursing administration.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Executive Leadership is designed to prepare graduates to function at the highest level of nurse executive leadership in multiple health systems organizations. Graduates are prepared to influence health care environments through professionalism, leadership and strong communication and business skills. “The Nurse Executive program prepares leaders with crucial knowledge and skills to lead the future of nursing and health care in key executive roles,” stated Dr. Kathleen Lasala, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

“With these new graduate leadership education options, USC College of Nursing is advancing our goal and a national agenda to help prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in creating a more effective healthcare system. These new leadership options, as well as our current clinical expert options for the advanced practice nursing workforce will play a vital role in shaping the future of healthcare delivery in South Carolina and beyond,” said  Dean Jeannette Andrews.

Applications for both programs will be accepted through March 1, 2015 for the Fall 2015 semester.  To apply or obtain more information about these programs please visit the College of Nursing Graduate Programs website.

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