MSN Program

MSN Program Introduction

The MSN in Nursing Leadership program is projected to start new cohorts in August 2018 and January 2019. Please contact Ms. Vanessa Gutierrez or Dr. Holly Cassells if you have are intrested in this program and would like more information.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the CNL and CNS Tracks, although the Post-Masters Certification programs for CNS and CNL are still available.

Designed for the student seeking a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Nursing Leadership, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) or Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role. This flexible program of study allows the student to apply knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare for clients at the individual and systems level of care. Nursing Leadership students develop administrative competence in human and financial resource management, and in leading change in complex healthcare environments. CNL students focus on addressing issues of health care quality and safety within a selected health care unit, while CNS students have the opportunity to hone skills in managing the health issues of selected adult/geriatric clients in both acute care and community settings.

Unique features of this master’s program include:

  • Cross-cultural perspectives on health behavior and values, with an emphasis on existing health disparities.
  • Active recruitment of students and faculty from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to enrich student learning.
  • Preparation of Nurse Leaders with population-focused skills that enable them to develop and execute nursing programs and services for groups of clients with common health care problems.

The program of study for students ranges from 31 to 42-credit hours for the MSN degree. This can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes are generally held either online or in the evenings to accommodate working students.

CNL and CNS post-master's certification programs, consisting of 13 course credits, are also offered for nurses with MSN degrees.

The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

655 K Street, NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 887-6791
Fax: (202) 887-8476
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For further information, contact:

Dr. Holly Cassells
Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions
(210) 829-3977
Vanessa Gutierrez
Secretary, Graduate Nursing
(210) 283-6379
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, Box 300
San Antonio, TX 78209