Leadership in Nursing, MSN

College of Nursing & Health Sciences


Leadership in Nursing, MSN (37 hours)

The Leadership in Nursing Systems Degree prepares RNs to influence the quality of nursing care delivered across diverse healthcare settings.  Students acquire skills required for formal administrative positions or for staff positions that include project and team leadership.  The degree sequence is designed to be part-time to allow our students to work full-time and offered complete online.


Domestic/International Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 15 November 15 April 15 Not Offered

Domestic/International Students:

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 13 January 7 May 27 Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


Submit all supporting documents through Nursing CAS

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation). TAMU-CC transcript is required.
  • Three professional references to complete an online evaluation form (details in Nursing CAS)
  • Submit a copy of a current valid unencumbered Texas Nursing License
  • Submit a Personal Statement/Essay
  • Submit a CV/Resume

 For clarification please contact the Graduate Academic Advisor,  Elizabeth Rivera: Elizabeth.Rivera@tamucc.edu, 361.825.2568

Special Program Requirements
  • Upon admission to the College, complete a criminal background check.
  • Complete a five panel non-chain of custody urine drug screen.
  • Purchase professional liability coverage through the University. Fees for this coverage are included in the fees paid at the time of registration at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Meet Texas Department of State Health Services immunization requirements for students involved with direct patient contact. Students who are not in compliance with these requirements will not be allowed to attend clinical laboratories. These requirements, as stated in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, Rule 97.64 include the following:

a)Students may be provisionally enrolled for up to one semester to allow students to attend classes while obtaining the required vaccines and acceptable evidence of vaccination.

b)Students cannot be provisionally enrolled without at least one dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine if direct patient contact will occur during the provisional enrollment period.

c)Polio vaccine is not required. Students enrolled in health-related courses are encouraged to ascertain that they are immune to poliomyelitis.

d)One dose of tetanus-diphtheria toxoid (Td) is required within the last ten years.

e)Students who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of two doses of measles-containing vaccine administered since January 1, 1968.

f)Students must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of rubella vaccine.

g)Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of mumps vaccine.

h)Students shall receive a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine prior to the start of direct patient care or show serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B virus.

i)Students shall receive two doses of varicella vaccine unless the first dose was received prior to thirteen years of age.

  • Complete of a series of hepatitis A vaccine or serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis A virus before enrollment in courses with clinical laboratory experiences.
  • Provide results of tuberculosis screening annually.
  • Hold a Current American Heart Association CPR Type C certification.
Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5
    • TOEFL/IELTS will be waived if a valid Texas Nursing License is submitted.

Leadership in Nursing Systems Degree Sequence

Year 1

Fall (MSN Core Courses)

NURS 5310 Science in Nursing (3 credit hours)

NURS 5314 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Spring (MSN Core Courses)

NURS 5315 Diverse Care Environments (3 credit hours)

NURS 5316 Intro to Advanced Role (3 credit hours)

Year 2

Summer (Begin Leadership Specialty Courses)

NURS 5261 Human Capital Management (2 credit hours)

NURS 5362 Leadership Theories in Nursing Practice (3 credit hours/ 45 clinical hours)


NURS 5364 Organizational Design and Behavior (3 credit hours)

HCAD 5320 Health Economics and Policy (3 credit hours)


NURS 5360/HCAD 5325 Healthcare Financial Management (3 credit hours/ 45 clinical hours)

HCAD 5330 Health Law (3 credit hours)

Year 3


NURS 5331 Nursing Informatics (3 credit hours)

NURS 5365 Quality and Outcomes Management (3 credit hours)


 NURS 5469 Patterns of Care Delivery (4 credit hours/ 135 clinical laboratory hours)

NURS 5163 Project Management for Nurse Leaders (1 credit hours)

Students are responsible for identifying and selecting preceptors for clinical experiences. The clinical instructor for each course must approve the clinical site selected by the student. The CONHS will make every effort to support the students in the communities where they reside but occasionally students are required to travel when appropriate sites are not available. Program Coordinators can provide students with additional information about clinicals. For more information please see the Preceptor Guide on our Current Students page.

Transfer Coursework:
The CONHS Graduate Department may accept up to 12 graduate hours for transfer provided that the coursework:

  1. Is from an accredited University
  2. Has a letter grade of B or better (no CR/NC or Pass/ No Pass)
  3. Has been completed in less than 7 years from the time of graduation in the TAMUCC program
  4. Has not been used on a conferred master's degree at another institution
Please correspond with CONHS Graduate Academic Advisor to determine transfer credit. The courses must be evaluated for possible transfer equivalency, so transcripts, course descriptions, and syllabi are essential to determine possible transfer credit. These need to be sent to the CONHS Graduate Advisor for consideration.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Additional Information

All materials, including applications, transcripts, graduate form, and 3 reference forms must be received by Graduate Admissions by the application deadline. Please allow time for transcript processing, which can take up to two weeks.

Applicants whose documents are not received by Graduate Admissions by the posted date will not be considered for admission. Please carefully review the application requirements above.

If you have questions, please call or e-mail the Graduate Academic Advisor. Students who have applied for admission in previous semesters should contact the Graduate Academic Advisor to confirm documents are still available for the admissions review.

If you'd like to learn more about the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, please visit our website.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Heather DeGrande

IH 333
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5805
Office: 361-825-3696