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Nursing Administration


Nursing administration programs prepare registered nurses to manage staff and services in hospitals and nursing homes.

Nursing administration programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in nursing administration. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in nursing administration. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in nursing administration. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctor of nursing (DNP) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree in nursing, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

This graduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate programs that lead to a doctoral degree in nursing typically include:

Nearly all nursing administration programs require students to spend a significant part of their school time in practicum. This means that students work in health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and health care businesses. Students work alongside professional nurse administrators. They perform duties such as supervising staff, monitoring patient care, writing reports, and running meetings. Students are closely supervised at all times.

Through the practicum, students learn firsthand what it's like to be a nurse administrator. Practicums also give students valuable experience that they can use to apply for jobs after they receive their certificate or master's degree.

Things to Know

A master's degree in nursing administration is considered good preparation for a doctoral degree in nursing or another health administration field.

A doctoral (PhD) degree in nursing is available at some schools.


East Side Area

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Seattle University

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Gonzaga University

Washington State University Health Sciences - Spokane

Statewide and Distance Learning

WGU Washington

Tacoma Area

Pacific Lutheran University

University of Washington - Tacoma

Tri-Cities Area

Washington State University - Tri-Cities

Vancouver Area

Washington State University - Vancouver

Yakima Area

Washington State University - Pullman (Yakima)