Master of Science in Nursing Leadership: Executive, Educator, Legal Nurse Consultant, or Public Health Concentration

Professional Licensure Information

Wilmington University has determined that the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership meets the educational requirements for licensure in Delaware and New Jersey. Wilmington University is reviewing other states and has not made specific determinations for those states. Prospective students seeking professional licensure outside of Delaware or New Jersey should verify state licensure requirements before applying. For state-by-state contact information for inquiring about individual state licensure requirements, please visit NC-SARA's Professional Licensure Directory.


Please refer to "The Graduate Admissions Process" section for general graduate admission information. For consideration and admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, all applicants must satisfactorily submit or complete the following:

1. A completed Wilmington University graduate application form and the non-refundable application fee before registering for your first graduate course. 

2. Proof of current unencumbered RN licensure (copy of computer verification acceptable). 

3. Schedule a program planning conference with the MSN Leadership Chairperson.

4. Register for MSN 6500 as your first course. 

5. Submit official transcripts reflecting the following: 

- Graduation from a nationally accredited baccalaureate program in nursing;

- Completion of an undergraduate statistics course, with a grade of "C" or higher

Once the application process is complete, students will receive an email from the graduate program regarding orientation and program planning.  To schedule this program planning conference, please email dorothy.j.burritt@wilmu.edu.

All of the documents indicated above should be sent directly to Wilmington University, Office of Graduate Admissions. 

Program Purpose

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to prepare professional nurses for roles in advanced practice. The curriculum emphasizes the relationships among advanced nursing practice, theory, and scholarly inquiry. Nurses educated at the graduate level demonstrate competency in the roles of advanced caregiver, leader, teacher, and participate as a conductor of research. Nurses prepared at the graduate level also have the opportunity to influence health policy and to practice with a high level of autonomy in a variety of settings.

Program Goals

The goals of the Master of Science in Nursing program are to prepare graduates to: 

1. Function effectively in advanced nursing practice roles in a variety of settings. 

2. Engage in personal and professional development through life-long learning. 

3. Broaden career mobility and opportunities in nursing. 

Program Competencies 

Through completion of the Master of Science in Nursing program, graduates will:

1. Promote the art of nursing by valuing the unique relationships among people, which create meaning and preserve human dignity;

2. Synthesize theoretical, experiential, and research knowledge as the scientific basis for advanced nursing practice;

3. Use the ethical and legal standards recognized by the nursing profession to guide advanced nursing practice;

4. Implement knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research to improve nursing practice by evaluating published research, applying findings to practice, and participating in research activities;

5. Incorporate findings from teaching/learning theories and research to educate individuals and groups;

6. Implement knowledge of health policy, financial aspects of health care, and the organization of health delivery systems to influence continuous improvement in health care;

7. Fulfill a leadership role in individual and population healthcare through effective collaboration, client and peer advocacy, sensitivity to diversity, and ongoing participation in professional organizations;

8. Negotiate an appropriate role for advanced nursing practice in the context of a dynamic health care system;

9. Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication abilities;

10. Demonstrate the ability to access, use, and evaluate information and information technologies.

11. Influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, and systems through advanced assessment of health promotion, prevention, and continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.

Pre-Requisite Course Requirements

All students are required to have prerequisite knowledge of statistics. If the student has not completed an undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of "C" or better, he or she will be required to complete statistics prior to consideration for degree candidacy (completion of 12 credits). If an undergraduate course in statistics has not been successfully completed, the following Wilmington University course is appropriate: 

MAT 308 - Inferential Statistics  

Program Design

Today’s health care environment requires competent, innovative leaders. Nurse leaders are needed for managed care initiatives, roles in nursing education, entrepreneurial pursuits, consultation and interdisciplinary coordination of healthcare, and clinical research projects. The purpose of the Nursing Leadership concentration is to provide the opportunity for nurses to acquire and refine the skills needed for leadership roles in nursing.

To fulfill the requirements of the M.S.N. Leadership program, students must complete all courses, consisting of 36 credit hours, while maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students complete course work with an emphasis in executive practice, the educator role, or the legal nurse consultant role. The program is interdisciplinary, with course work through the College of Business and the College of Health Professions and Natural Sciences for dual degree executive options. Technology is integrated into the program, and nursing courses may be offered in a distance learning format. Students in all concentrations will complete a final culminating project for their MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio.

All concentrations are designed to advance the students’ knowledge of research to improve the practice of nursing and strengthen the awareness of contemporary influences on health care needs of individuals, families, and communities. Philosophy of nursing leadership and health care expands the foundation for ethical decision making as students develop skill in working within the context of prevailing systems of care. The program is usually completed within a two to three year time-frame; however, it must be completed within five years.


Knowledge of local, national, and global health care policies will enable the professional nurse to work with other professionals in establishing priorities. Beyond this foundational knowledge, the nurse leader needs to refine skills relevant to individual career goals. Selected course work may emphasize entrepreneurial, policy, or management roles of the nurse leader.


Skilled educators are needed to teach students, clients, and staff. Course work will provide the opportunity for increased knowledge and skills for the current or future educator.

Legal Nurse Consultant

The Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) role is a functional specialty practice of nursing. Legal nurse consultants use critical thinking and expert knowledge of health care systems and professions to assess health care practice standards applicable to nursing. Courses at Wilmington University prepare students to meet the standards of LNC practice. The LNC courses are available as online courses only and students should be comfortable with the Online Learning format.

Public Health

The MSN in Leadership Public Health Track will educate nurses in public health essentials, epidemiology, and population health to provide an academic foundation for employment in public health. The Public Health track will provide nurses with education inclusive of social determinants of health, and strategies to build healthy communities with a goal to improve well-being and access to equitable health care for all. 

Program Requirements

Students should contact the MSN Leadership program chair for pre-program planning and course sequencing. Register for MSN 6500 as your first course. Statistics is the pre-requisite for MSN 6608. MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio is the final course in the program. 

Core MSN Courses (12 credits)

All MSN degree students are required to take the following courses: 

MSN 6502 Contemporary Concepts in Advanced Practice Roles

MSN 6608 Evidence Based Practice in the Health Professions

MSN 7741 Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System

MSN 7750 Teaching and Learning in Nursing

MSN Leadership Core Courses (12 Credits)

MSN 6500 Leadership Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice

MSN 6609 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

MSN 6610 Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Leaders

MSN 6646 Philosophy and Ethics in Advanced Nursing Roles

Executive Concentration Requirements (12 Credits)

MSN 6612 Nurse Executive Seminar I

MSN 6613 Nurse Executive Seminar II

MIS 7000 IT in Business

Final Course Requirement

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete.

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

Taken last as a stand alone course

Educator Concentration Requirements (12 Credits)

Requirements List

MSN 6611 Instructional Technology for Nurse Educators

MSN 7752 Clinical Teaching and Evaluation

MSN 7753 Curriculum Development

Final Course Requirement

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete.

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

(Taken Last as a stand-alone course)

Legal Nurse Consultant Concentration Requirements (12 Credits)

Requirements List

MSN 7310 Legal Issues in Nursing Practice

MSN 7320 Practices in the Realm of Nursing and the Law

MSN 7350 Forensic Nursing: Clinical and Legal Implications

Final Course Requirement:

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete. 

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

(Taken last as a stand-alone course)

Public Health Concentration Requirements (12 Credits)

MSN 6615 Public Health Essentials

MSN 6616 Epidemiology Health Professions

MSN 6617 Population Health for Health Professionals

Final Course Requirement:

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete. 

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

(Taken last as a stand-alone course)

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.