Nursing Health Systems Management

Integrate your nursing experience with health care administration and business skills to assume leadership roles in the complex and diverse environment of health services. TWU’s Health Systems Management program is designed for professional nurses looking to advance their career in leadership and executive roles.

Our program shows you how to integrate your passion for patient care and advocacy with the business skills necessary to improve practice and promote health. The Nursing Health Systems Management program is designed with full time nurses in mind — allowing you to complete your coursework online while continuing to work full time.

Program Requirements

The Nursing Health Systems Management program requires 42-45 hours to complete, including 17 hours in a selected minor. Students are paired with experienced nurse leaders to complete a 90 hour practicum in each of three areas: Organizational Assessment, Fiscal Assessment and Outcomes Assessment. Practica are arranged at health care agencies in the student’s local area. Core requirements include:

  • Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3 hours)
  • Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing (4 hours)
  • Policy and Health Promotion (3 hours)
  • Fiscal Assessment Practicum (3 hours)
  • Organizational Assessment Practicum (4 hours)
  • Outcomes Assessment Practicum (3 hours)
  • Nursing Health Systems Management Challenges & Opportunities (4 hours)

Nursing Health System Management with a minor in business

Assessment, accounting and advocating for improved patient care. The Nursing Health Systems Management program with a minor in business provides students with nursing and business administration skills essential for success as managers and nurse executives. Coursework is 100% online, with practicum hours coordinated in your area.

Offered: Denton Campus, Dallas Center, Houston Center

Nursing Health Systems Management with a minor in Health Care Administration

Committed to a career improving patient experience in a hospital system? The Nursing Health Systems Management with a minor in Health Care Administration program prepares nurses to navigate the complexities of health care systems by providing business skills centered on the hospital environment. Coursework is completed 50% online and 50% in the classroom.

OfferedHouston Center

Post- Masters Certificate in Nursing Health Systems Management

Are you a master’s level nurse who’s ready to take your leadership experience to the next level? The Certification in Nursing Health Systems Management provides an additional focus in nursing administration beyond the initial Master’s preparation. Complete your coursework at your own pace, with 100% online and 50% online options available.

Offered: Denton Campus, Dallas Center, Houston Center

RN-MSN in Health Systems Management

It’s time to take your education to the next level, and beyond. The RN-MSN program offers registered nurses holding an associate degree or diploma from a nationally accredited program an opportunity to enroll in a program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

OfferedDenton Campus, Dallas Center, Houston Center

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the M.S. in Nursing

Program Contacts

Denton – Dr. Susan Quisenberry

Dallas – Dr. Susan Sheriff

Houston – Dr. Paula Clutter

Application Deadlines

Nurse Practitioner
Fall-May 1
Spring – September 15

Nurse Educator 
Fall-July 1
Spring- December 1

Nursing Health Systems Management
Fall-July 1
Spring-September 15

Admission Requirements

  • Current US RN license (unencumbered)

  • Basic statistics course

  • BS or BSN degree from a nationally accredited nursing program

  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of course work toward the undergraduate nursing degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all prior graduate course work

Applicants who do not meet these criteria but have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours of course work toward the undergraduate nursing degree may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. Factors that may be considered in the admission decision are: GPA on any prior graduate course work, scholarly activities, professional leadership, and work history.

For applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master's degree in another field (or more than one graduate degree), the grade point average from all previously earned degrees and post-graduate work can be considered in making the admission decision.

Individuals who have a master’s degree in nursing may seek admission to a post-master’s certification program in one of three areas: nurse practitioner, nursing health systems management, or nursing education. 

Applicants who wish to transfer from another nursing program must provide evidence of eligibility to continue in the previous nursing program. Nine semester hours for programs requiring 39-44 semester hours, 12 semester hours for programs requiring 45 or more semester hours, may be transferred, if approved. A grade of B or higher in each course is necessary for semester credit hours to be considered for transfer.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.

Contact the Nursing Health Systems Management Program

Email Dr. Robin Toms, Nursing Health Systems Management Coordinator, for additional information. 

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