One crucial point in national health care reform is the state’s demand for nurses to support health care services continues to exceed the supply of qualified and educated nurses in health care systems. In addition, requirements of the nationally acclaimed Magnet Hospital recognition program have mandated that nurse managers hold a master’s degree. Our i-LEAD Program strives to make a substantial contribution in overcoming these obstacles.
Benefits and Uniqueness of the i-LEAD Program
- The College of Nursing faculty are experts in health care systems, informatics, leadership, research and practice.
- i-LEAD is available entirely online; therefore, it is accessible to students in rural Colorado, nationally and internationally.
- i-LEAD utilizes the benefits of social media to integrate students into the administrative network of experts within Colorado as well as across the country.
- Both in-state and out-of-state students share one low tuition rate.
- The program is designed to foster nursing leadership and reduce health disparities.
- This option provides faculty in associate degree programs the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in an accessible format.
- Nurses interested in administrative positions will gain core competencies in management.
This master’s program provides a 30-credit core master’s degree in nursing leadership and health care systems, with the following exit options:
- Graduation with a MS in nursing leadership and health care systems
- Completion of an additional 12 credits for specialization in executive leadership, offered as a post-master’s certificate
- Completion of an additional 12 credits for specialization in health care informatics, offered as a post-master's certificate
- Seamless progression into our PhD program with a health systems research focus
More Information and Contacts
While seeking admission to this MS option, a potential student would be eligible to enroll as a non-degree-seeking student and may take up to 12 semester credits prior to acceptance into this MS option.
Please contact the Office of Professional Development for more information about enrolling as a non-degree-seeking student.