RN to MS in Clinical Systems Leadership
Advance into leadership, administration or an area of specialization in your field by earning your RN to MS in Clinical Systems Leadership through the University of Arizona College of Nursing.
Online Master's Nursing Program in Arizona
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Best Online Master's in Nursing
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The Fastest Path to an MS
Earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree in as little as 15 to 24 months. Combining high-quality instruction with proven distance-learning technologies, the online MS program will solidify your confidence across a broad spectrum of health care environments. In this program, you will build on the expertise you’ve attained as a practicing professional to elevate patient care and leadership skills.
College of Nursing
As one of our nation's most respected premier nursing programs, the University of Arizona College of Nursing’s online RN to MS is an engaging and patient-centric curriculum uniquely designed for working nurses. It includes coursework in evidence-based practice improvement, systems management, nurse leadership, healthcare technology, quality and safety, health promotion, and creating healing environments.
The emphasis in Clinical Systems Leadership builds on your clinical nursing experience in order for you to become a highly qualified nurse leader. You will learn to establish patient-centered care that is comprehensive, coordinated, and compassionate, emphasizing patient advocacy through systems leadership.
Upon the completion of this program, you will be prepared to provide leadership in a variety of practice environments, ready to influence the delivery of complex healthcare to patients across the trajectory of illness and achieve optimal health outcomes.
Eligibility: Applicants must have passed a 3-credit, college-level statistics class within the last 5 years. If you do not meet this requirement, you can still qualify through one of the following options:
- Take a college-level statistics class at another regionally accredited institution before you start or during your first semester in the program (Minimum grade of C required).
- Take NURS 629 in your first semester at the University of Arizona.
- Attempt a proficiency exam and if completed with a 70% or better, have your statistics class requirement waived.
Residents of Tennessee, Washington D.C. as well as the US Territories are not eligible.
Examples of courses that you may take include:
Earning your Master of Science in Nursing will build core skills, including:
- Development of comprehensive care plans
- Evaluation of care systems
- Interdisciplinary team experience
- Leadership and innovation
- Patient-centered care
- Staff and patient advocacy
- Understanding of business and economic principles
Your online Master of Science in Nursing will challenge you to think more holistically and strategically about care systems, giving you a bold and broad new view of the paths your career might take. The positions below are just a handful of professions that will open to you when you've earned your MS.
- Clinical Care Coordinator
- Clinical Systems Manager
- Infection Control Manager
- Nurse Administrator
- Nurse Educator
- Nurse Manager
- Nursing Informatics
- Patient Navigator
- Quality and Safety Coordinator
Upcoming Start Dates
With classes starting three times a year, the next opportunity to start your MS program is never more than five months away:
- August 23, 2021
- January 12, 2022
- May 16, 2022
A current RN license in the state where you now practice with no restriction, encumbrance, or probationary limitations imposed by the applicable Board of Nursing or any judicial entity associated with yourself, your license or your practice. The RN license must be current upon application and throughout the program. RN licenses that expire before classes begin must be updated before starting the program.
All applicants must have an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited educational institution such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly the National League for Nursing), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or a national accrediting body for nursing programs in countries outside of the U.S.
Degrees may be an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), an Associate of Applied Science-Nursing (ASN) or equivalent, or a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
A 3.0 or higher GPA (based on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent, for your associate or bachelor’s degree based on one of the following:
- All cumulative undergraduate coursework
- The last 60 credits of your bachelor's program
Within the last five years, the equivalent of the following:
- One full year of RN work experience
Students who are practicing RNs in the US but who have an international nursing degree should have the equivalent of two full years of RN work experience in the United States (50 states) within the last five years. Complete the work verification worksheet to submit with your application.
RN work experience is defined as employment in a role that specifically requires a registered nurse. The nursing practice may be in clinical practice such as a clinical nurse in acute care, ambulatory care, home health, case manager for an insurance company, clinic, or home health nurse; or in nursing administration, education, research, or consultation.
Proof of English proficiency is required for any international applicant born in a country where English is not the official language. Visit the International Applicants page for additional information on this requirement, including exemption details and testing procedures.
Applications must be submitted through NursingCAS and the University of Arizona Graduate College
Nursing CAS Application
Create Your Account
Create a NursingCAS account or sign in with your username and password. Once you create an account, you can access your application as often as you need.
Review the program materials section of NursingCAS to learn more about the specific admissions criteria, requirements and deadlines for your program. Collect and submit any required supporting materials, such as personal statements, documents and certification data.
Send your official transcripts and test scores to NursingCAS and complete your application. Once you have submitted your application and any additional supporting materials, monitor your application status in your NursingCAS account and follow-up on any necessary actions.
University of Arizona Graduate College Application
Go to GradApp
To complete your online application, go to the online portal and either enter your NetID or create a new account.
Create Your Account
After you have created a GradApp account, you can begin your application. Remember to choose Arizona Online as your campus.
Choose your area of specialty and follow the instructions to complete the application for that specialty.
RN to MS Opens Doors
Lead the Way
Today, 3 million RNs in the US are the backbone of American health care. You make an incredible impact on people’s lives through the care you provide.
A Master of Science in Nursing opens doors that will empower you to help even more people. It can give you a seat at the table for decisions about care policies and practices and the business of improving health.
Advance Your Career
Not all RNs want to advance into leadership. However, without an MS or doctoral degree, most nurses are already at a career ceiling.
An MS empowers you to advance your career in any direction, such as teaching nursing, leading clinical classes and mentoring those who are just starting their journey.
Improve Your Future
As an RN, you do vital work that you should be proud of. Because of the intensive and demanding work, some RNs eventually experience their own health challenges, in part from the physical rigors of their work.
If that’s you today, an MS opens up new ways to help people with new roles and responsibilities. An MS ensures that when you’re ready to transition to a different kind of nursing: your options will be wide open.
Live Your Best Life
Do you struggle with work-life balance? Most MS jobs have regular hours, more in sync with the schedules of friends and family.
Do you value independence and respect in your work? An MS is a professional signal of greater expertise as well as your commitment to making a difference.
Meet an MS in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership graduate below and see how our program made a difference in her life and career.
Watch Beth's Story
"The highlight of the program for me was the Systems Leadership Immersion Project"
RN to MS Graduate
The online MS is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
Additionally, the University of Arizona College of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing.