Designed for BSN-educated nurses looking to enhance their leadership skills, the Integrative Nursing Leadership MSN program is 100 percent online, offering a uniquely focused curriculum to help you advance in your professional development. This innovative program connects you with Mercyhurst’s dedicated, skilled faculty and wealth of educational resources. 

Nurses face considerable stress in the workplace, and rates of nurse burnout are at near-record highs. Our MSN program’s Integrative Nursing Leadership (inLEAD) focus addresses these concerns directly, preparing future nursing supervisors and administrators to foster healing and well-being of patients, families and communities, as well as caregivers. 

Integrative health includes the engagement of patients as informed and empowered partners in health, leading to better health outcomes. With an emphasis on resiliency, patient safety, and integrative health, this MSN program prepares nurse leaders to apply health and well-being strategies with patient populations as well as the health care team members that they lead. 

Program Overview

  • Options: Master’s degree (MSN)
  • Location(s): 100 percent online
  • Credits: 32
  • Duration: Minimum 12 months
  • Cost: $425 per credit; $14,025 total
  • Deadline: Rolling admissions
  • Start term(s): Fall, Spring, or Summer semester
  • Careers: Nursing leadership/management, patient safety officer, nurse educator

Nursing in the Mercy Tradition

Mercyhurst University owes its existence to a remarkable group of determined, forward-thinking women: the Sisters of Mercy. Sensing the need for quality higher education for women in the early 20th century, the Sisters led the way in establishing Mercyhurst more than 90 years ago. Even before that, however, their selfless dedication to others manifested through their work in ministry to the poor, education, and nursing—even serving as nurses in Civil War.

Today, the pioneering ideals of these remarkable women live on in the groundbreaking ideas and good works on our campus. Through our nursing programs, we strive to live out the Mercy core values of compassion, service, respect, and integrity—so wonderfully embodied by the Sisters and essential for those in the nursing fields.

Our MSN program embraces these Mercy ideals, with a unique focus on integrative nursing. We strive to educate intellectually creative, merciful, compassionate, mindful, and resilient nurse leaders whose relationship-based practice is grounded in evidence with a focus on the health and well-being of caregivers as well as those they serve.

Learning Outcomes

Mercyhurst graduate programs are designed to give our students a competitive edge in the marketplace. Beginning with your first course, you will gain knowledge applicable to problem-solving in your field. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Transform professional reflections, knowledge, skills, and attitudes into purposeful advanced integrative nursing practice to improve the health, well-being, and resiliency of self and others.
  • Apply advanced communication and leadership skills to advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing using knowledge from nursing and related sciences such as complexity science, systems theory, and Watson’s Human Caring Theory.
  • Integrate knowledge of emerging technologies, outcome data, and health care economics, with an emphasis on regulatory requirements and reimbursement mix, to inform fiscally responsible decision-making in the delivery of safe and effective care.
  • Employ translational scholarship when integrating evidence into clinical practice to improve health outcomes of diverse populations across the continuum of care.
  • Demonstrate critical decision-making when assessing for high-priority needs in a highly complex health care system and cultivate unique partnerships and alliances to meet these needs in innovative, collaborative, ethical, and cost-effective ways.

The 32-credit Integrative Nursing Leadership MSN curriculum is designed with working professionals in mind. All courses are offered online and you’ll complete one course per eight-week Mini (half-semester) term, never taking more than one course at a time—and you’ll earn your MSN in two years! The full-time option is also available, allowing for MSN completion in one year. 

The MSN program requires completion of 32 credits. All courses can be completed online.

  • NURS 500: Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Care (3 credits)
  • NURS 508: Fostering Resilience (3 credits)
  • OL 502: Leadership & Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  • NURS 504: Health Concerns of Vulnerable Populations (3 credits)
  • NURS 573: Quality, Safety & Value in Health Care (4 credits)
  • NURS 600: Transforming Health Care: Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
  • NURS 611: Health Care Finance & Economics (3 credits)
  • NURS 506: Nurse as Scholar: Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 604: Health Care Policy Analysis & Advocacy (3 credits)
  • NURS 677: Integrative Nursing Capstone (4 credits)
Are you an RN who still needs to earn an BSN? Our blended program combines asynchronous online nursing courses with occasional synchronous class meetings, which you can attend either on our Erie campus (Tuesday or Thursday evenings) or online via webcam. Learn More.

Career Paths

Demand for master’s-level nurses is growing, and this program prepares you to advance in a nursing leadership role. In addition, graduates of the program will be well prepared to sit for and earn the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Integrative Nursing Leadership MSN must have:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (must be conferred)
  • An unencumbered RN license (any state)
  • Completed (free) online application
  • All official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions
  • One recommendation from a supervisor or faculty member

Cost and Financial Aid

Mercyhurst graduate programs are competitively priced. Our goals it to provide you with an education that earns you an excellent return on your investment.

Tuition for the MSN graduate program is $425 per credit (2020/21 school year rates). Estimated total program cost for the MSN program is $14,025 (including registration fees). When considering available employer benefits and reimbursements, many students can earn an MSN with little to no out-of-pocket cost.

You may be eligible for special corporate partner tuition pricing if you’re a nurse employed with Allegheny Health Network or UPMC. Mercyhurst alumni are also eligible for special tuition pricing on most graduate programs, including the MSN.

Learn more about available financial aid for graduate programs including:

  • Graduate Assistant (GA) positions
  • Graduate Employment (GE) positions
  • Veteran benefits
  • Employer reimbursement
  • Federal direct loans

Contact Us

Judy Stanley, DHSc.
Program Director, Graduate Nursing
Phone: 814-824-2908
Office: Hirt 310

​​​​​​​Colleen Hordych
Graduate Enrollment Coordinator
Phone: 814-824-2297