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Health Services Administration

PhD Program 2010

The College of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing offer the following Masters programs in Health Services Administration:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in Health Services Administration (also available as a post-masters certificate)
  • RN to MSN with a concentration in Health Services Administration

All programs are only offered in a totally web-based on-line format.

Health Services Administration Degree can benefit:

  • Case Managers
  • Nurses

Program Details

The Health Services Administration Degree (HSAD) programs focus on preparing individuals for management positions in health care organizations. The program is designed to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to succeed in management positions in healthcare systems, hospitals, long-term care institutions, alternative delivery systems, ambulatory care facilities, managed care organizations, consulting firms, and other health-related organizations.

The broad concepts of health care administration are embedded into the curriculum to help provide the knowledge that is essential for health services administrators. Practica provide students with experiences in a variety of clinical settings, based on the student’s interest and career goals. In addition, students enrolled in the Health Services Administration Degree Program develop leadership and marketing skills, learn how to apply management concepts to healthcare systems, and understand the ethical and legal aspects of healthcare management.

Course work and practica provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and to integrate knowledge, values, and use of technology from the disciplines of administration, business and/or nursing. To assure the broadest possible experiences, practica are planned at a variety of urban and rural sites in the student’s desired location. RNs in the program must be licensed in the State in which they wish to do their practicum. Graduates are prepared to supervise health care staff members, to analyze care delivery systems, and to develop strategic and tactical management for departments in a variety of healthcare facilities.

Students have completed practica in the following locations: Delmarva Rural Ministries, Institute of Medicine, Delaware Hospital Association, West Side Health, Women’s Health in the Royal Free Hospital at Middlesex University of London, School of Nursing, and the Mayo Clinic.

Student Population

Students entering the HSAD program have work experience from diverse employment environments that include acute care facilities, community agencies, long-term care facilities, episodic care settings, and other healthcare settings.

HSAD Program Admission Requirements

MSN Program

· Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school of nursing and Licensure as a registered nurse in Delaware, a compact state, or the state where clinical practice is to be arranged.

RN to MSN Program

· Applicants must have an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school of nursing and Licensure as a registered nurse in Delaware, a compact state, or the state where clinical practice is to be arranged. Students are considered MSN students upon completion of 13 credits of the University of Delaware RN to MSN program.

International Students

  • International students who hold a license as a Registered Nurse in the United States are eligible to apply to the MSN program.
  • Students may choose to complete the program in their home country; practicum placement will be approved on an individual basis and coordinated by the student.
  • Students must meet program admission requirements

Credits and Clinical Hours

All courses in the program are 3 credits except for NURS 609 Theory & Research, which is 4 credits. The clinical practicum course HSAD/MSN 664 requires students to complete 126 hours in a health care setting. This is a setting that will be identified by the student in his/her area of interest and must be approved by faculty.

Research Course Options

In place of NURS-687 Application of Research, students have the option to take NURS-869 Master’s Thesis (6 credits). Students also have the option to take NURS-868 Scholarly Project (3 credits) in place of NURS-687 Application of Research in Nursing.

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the courses listed below can be accessed by visitng UDSIS Course Descriptions

Course Schedules

Full Time Students: May complete the MSN HSAD program in 24 months.
Part Time Students: May complete the MSN HSAD program in 36 months.

Program Overview and curriculum may be found at our Academic Catalog


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