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Nurse Executive Leadership

The nursing administration concentration consists of advanced study to prepare students for positions at all three managerial levels, but especially for beginning and middle management in a variety of health care settings.

Nursing administration has long been a vital component of the health care delivery system. Nurse managers establish and manage departments that provide high-quality health care and at the same time support the professional nurse in the delivery of that care. Such factors as prospective payment systems, alternative health care delivery systems, cost containment, and increased competition have made the challenge to nurse administrators at all levels even more complex and exciting.

Concentration courses build upon and expand concepts from the core courses of the curriculum. Students explore, analyze, and apply selected organizational, management, and leadership theories and financial principles to the delivery of nursing services. They also study the structures, functions, and adaptive processes of health care organizations. Human and financial resources, conflict resolution, and organizational development are analyzed with application to the various management levels. Examples include but are not limited to organizational behavior, marketing principles, principles of health care finances, and health/nursing policy and planning. In the clinical component of the concentration, students observe and work with graduate degree–prepared managers and administrators.

Graduates are employed as nurse managers or directors of nursing in acute care inpatient settings, emergency rooms, women’s centers, mental health agencies, long-term care settings, and as faculty in schools of nursing. Additional clinical practice will make the graduate eligible to pursue certification as a nurse executive (basic) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The nurse executive practice concentration is a blended curriculum. Specifically, classes include both on campus and online activities. Online courses may be offered through a hybrid of traditional online learning and video conferencing.

The concentration is typically a full-time program. Student curriculum plans of study are individualized and carefully determined under the guidance of the concentration coordinator. A part-time program of study may also be available upon coordinator approval.

Nurse executive practice students work closely with their concentration coordinator and faculty to find appropriate clinical placements that meet the individual academic needs of the student. While students may help identify potential clinical sites, they are not guaranteed any particular site placement. It must be noted that travel to and from clinical sites is part of the nurse executive practice concentration requirement.

All prospective College of Nursing students must apply directly through UT Graduate Admissions. All required application materials must be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions prior to the posted program deadline.  To be considered for Fall 2019 admission, the application deadline is March 15, 2019.

For more details, please review our Graduate Admissions page.


Nurse Executive Practice Coordinator Graduate Programs Advisor

Pamela Hardesty
Clinical Associate Professor