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Leadership and Administration in Nursing (MSN-LAN)

Applications being accepted now. 

The St. David's School of Nursing at Texas State University is accepting applications for the Master of Science in Nursing with a major in Leadership and Administration in Nursing. Admissions are accepted throughout the year. Full-time and part-time options available. BSN prepared RNs can apply through the Graduate College.

You can balance your personal and professional obligations with your education. The online LAN program is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis, allowing you to determine how you want to manage your time and lifestyle. The full-time track can be completed in 5 semesters, and the part-time track can be completed in 8 semesters. If you pursue the part-time option, you must be advised before each semester so that you can flow through the degree plan on track.

Well-prepared nursing leaders are in high demand in Texas. Healthcare systems are increasingly reliant on nurses to think and act strategically, manage significant resources, and lead organizations for innovation and continuous improvement. Nurse leaders are needed in diverse settings, including nurse-managed clinics, ambulatory care centers, hospitals, and community clinics. Beyond traditional management and administrative careers, there are emerging leadership roles for nurses in quality assurance, safety, practice management, and the coordination of Magnet Recognition programs.


This advanced post-professional master’s degree program is offered in 8 week semester sequences to allow the greatest flexibility for both full-time and part-time student enrollment. 

Full-time students can complete the program’s coursework in 4 semesters, while part-time students may progress through in 8 semesters.


Graduates of this program are required to meet professional competencies related to their focus area of study and are qualified to sit for one or more of the following certification examinations:


·         American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certification Exam - Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) or Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)


·        American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification Exam - Nurse Executive (NE-BC) or Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC)

For additional information about the program or admissions contact:

Dr. Pamela Willson

MSN-LAN Program Director