Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing

Lead With Confidence

Your dedication to caring, innovative thinking, and driving your team forward is unparalleled. Imagine where your nursing career could go next—explore the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) in Executive Nurse Leadership program at Nova Southeastern University's Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing.

This traditional track gives you an edge by propelling you forward as a health care leader who steers teams with top-level skills.

Our program includes 15 semester hours of foundational online nursing courses and 21 semester hours of online health systems leadership modules. You'll gain practical leadership experience through a three-hour mentored practicum.

Enroll in the M.S.N. traditional track at NSU to amplify your impact and become a force for positive nursing change.

Quick Facts

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Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.
This degree program requires 36 total credits for completion.
Application Deadlines
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online. The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for fall admission is August 1 and December 1 for winter admission.
Delivery Options
Delivery Options
Coursework is available online, keeping your busy schedule in mind.

M.S.N. in Executive Nurse Leadership Curriculum

Semester I


( NSG 5000
Advanced Nurse Roles
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5101
Theory and Research
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5531
Advanced Pathophysiology
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5340
Nursing Leadership Roles in Complex Health Systems
/Credits: 3)

Semester II


(NSG 5510
Advanced Pharmacology
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5502
Advanced Health Assessment
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5440
Quality Management in Complex Health Systems
/Credits: 3)

Semester III


(NSG 5220
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5130
Health care Policy and Leadership
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5250
Fiscal Management in Complex Health Systems
/Credits: 3)

Semester IV


(*NSG 5492
Executive Nurse Leadership Capstone
/Credits: 3)

Students entering the program without a B.S.N (Bridge)


(**NSG 5000B
Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice
/Credits: 6)

*Requires 170 practicum hours

**For those with a B.S. or B.A. in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit

Ready for the Next Step?


Submit a NursingCAS Application

Submit your NursingCAS application online.


Submit Transcripts & Additional Required Documents to NursingCAS

Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.


P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, Massachusetts 02471

International applicants coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services

Josef Silny and Associates

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

Once your application and all documents have been received, the application will be processed and reviewed.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Nova Southeastern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (