University of Detroit Mercy

McAuley School of Nursing

MSN-Health Systems Management (HSM)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a major in Health Systems Management (HSM)

Format: Online

Program Description:

The McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) which is housed in the College of Health Professions (CHP) was established in 1990 with the consolidation of the University of Detroit and Mercy College of Detroit. The CHP and MSON seeks to be recognized as an Urban Center of academic excellence, distinguished by community partnerships and graduates who lead, serve and promote social justice and health. The mission of the McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) is to prepare skilled baccalaureate and master’s level nurses who are committed to lead and to provide high quality, cost- effective and culturally competent health care services to individuals, families, and communities. Because of the community of scholars housed within the College, the concentration of resources it brings to each program, the diverse student body it attracts, and its interdisciplinary teaching methods, the CHP is a university model for interdisciplinary collaboration. The Health Systems Management (HSM) Masters degree in Nursing was designed to prepare nurses with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to serve in a variety of leadership positions in health care. The demands of today’s dynamic health care environment require nurse leaders to have significant knowledge of health systems operations, theories, and practices in order to manage successfully. Important emerging trends for the nursing leader include a focus on patient outcomes management, patient safety initiatives, quality improvement processes and practice, and health care delivery models that emphasize patient-centered care. Significant opportunities exist for nursing as health records become computerized, and nurses are able to collect and manage nursing data electronically. Other future trends include a shift towards consumer-based care, and disease management programs that emphasize close monitoring of patients with chronic disease to improve outcomes and reduce health care utilization. The HSM curriculum prepares nurse leaders to address these trends, and lead change that will improve the quality and efficiency of patient care. The program consists of 38 credits of graduate study. Each student participates in a three credit internship that allows them to integrate learnings into a practice environment. The student also completes a graduate project that is tailored to the interests and goals of the student. Both the internship and the graduate project provide students with the opportunity to develop project management skills that will be useful in their future career as a nurse leader. The projects can address a variety of topics such as program design, implementation, or evaluation, quality improvement initiatives, system redesign, case management initiatives, implementation of computerized documentation systems, and nurse entrepreneurial activities. Options for full and part-time study are available. Courses are convenient for working adults, including course offerings in the evening and online. All courses are web supported and many are available completely online. Certificate options are available for those who wish to receive advanced specialty education without the completion of an entire Master’s program. These certificates are available to those who already have a Master’s degree, as well as those with a BSN desiring specialty knowledge in the areas of Outcomes Performance Management and Nursing Leadership and Financial Management. These specialty certificates can be obtained after completing 12 credits required for the certificate. Credits earned in the certificate program can be applied towards the full Health Systems Management Masters degree in Nursing.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

International Student Requirements:

All course work completed outside the U.S. and Canada must be formally evaluated by either the World Education Services or the Educational Credential Evaluators. A course-by-course/detailed evaluation report is required by the University of Detroit Mercy. Official evaluation results are to be mailed from the agency to the following address: University of Detroit Mercy, Admissions Office, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221-3038

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 38

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 2010-2011: $730 credit hour (CHP/MSON discounted USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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