Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge). This program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences or other related fields who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the bridge program are a blending of RN to BSN core courses that are considered essential requisites to graduate study. Upon completion of bridge course from the BSN core, students enter one of five emphases offered for the Master of Science in Nursing. The Leadership in Health Care Systems emphasis provides the knowledge, values, and skills needed for advanced generalist practice in an evolving health care system. The coursework in leadership provides an overview of leadership styles and the functioning of organizations with an emphasis on communication skills required to establish and maintain effective relationships. Courses include exploration of nursing theory, roles, and practice, as well as research, ethics, policy and finance in the health care system. In addition, a capstone course provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based project proposal addressing a problem or issue in professional practice. Graduates of this program are equipped to excel as effective managers and leaders in a health care setting, including roles such as assistant director, director, vice president, or chief of nursing.
The MSN bridge program curriculum includes six courses developed to bridge the gap from bachelor- to master's-level study.
Designed for RN's who have bachelors degrees in a field outside of nursing who want to earn their MSN.
Accredited bachelor’s degree from a GCU-approved institution with a 3.0 GPA or higher
Possess a current unencumbered, unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN)
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
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