Program Overview

The online MSN / Nursing Systems Administration degree program from Illinois State University is designed to prepare nurses for leadership opportunities throughout changing healthcare environments. Graduates of the program are able to:

  • ​Advocate for compassionate patient-centered care with a commitment to serve vulnerable populations
  • ​Lead and evaluate safe and effective change for improved quality in practice and health care systems
  • ​Advance a culture of excellence through lifelong learning and scholarly inquiry in a complex health care system
  • Apply ethical and policy analyses to assess, intervene, and evaluate care delivery in and across healthcare systems
  • ​Foster and lead collaborative interprofessional care teams to provide individual, family, and population based care
  • ​Navigate and integrate services across the healthcare system that promote ethical, cost-effective, and innovative change
  • ​Translate evidence into practice within an interprofessional healthcare system
  • ​Use communication and information technology to collaborate with healthcare consumers and providers across the healthcare system

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from an NLN-accredited program or from a program accredited by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work; to include courses in which the student is currently enrolled
    • Evidence of satisfactory completion of statistics, nursing research, and physical assessment courses with a grade of a C or better at the baccalaureate level
    • Satisfactory completion of a graduate level statistics course
    • An intensive full-day orientation is provided to prepare new students with the tools necessary for a quality graduate experience.

    School Overview

    Illinois State University is the state’s oldest public, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Normal, Illinois. Illinois State University can trace its founding to 1857 when Illinois state’s Board of Education agreed to establish a normal school. Today, Illinois State Normal School is one of twelve public higher education institutions in the state. Illinois State promotes core values of: the Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship, Individualized Attention, Diversity, Integrity, and Civic Engagement.

    Students can choose from over 160 undergraduate major and minor programs, and Illinois State also supports more than 40 master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs. Fields of study are organized into the following schools and colleges:

    • Applied Science and Technology
    • Arts and Sciences
    • Business
    • Education
    • Fine Arts
    • Mennonite College of Nursing
    • Graduate School

    Illinois State offers select nursing programs online, including the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree and the R.N. to B.S.N. program.


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