i-LEAD Nursing Leadership and Health Systems

Nursing administration has become a very specialized and integral form of management. i-LEAD (Innovation in LEadership and ADministration in Nursing and Health Care Systems) provides nurses who are interested in advancing their careers with essential competencies to become effective leaders and managers in a variety of health care settings. Knowledge gained in cultural competence, informatics and evidence-based practice will provide educated leaders with the ability to excel in today's complex and changing health care system.

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

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i-LEAD Program Description

One crucial point in national health care reform is the state’s demand for nurses to support health care services continues to exceed the supply of qualified and educated nurses in health care systems. In addition, requirements of the nationally acclaimed Magnet Hospital recognition program have mandated that nurse managers hold a master’s degree. Our i-LEAD Program strives to make a substantial contribution in overcoming these obstacles.

Benefits and Uniqueness of the i-LEAD Program

  • The College of Nursing faculty are experts in health care systems, informatics, leadership, research and practice.
  • i-LEAD is available entirely online; therefore, it is accessible to students in rural Colorado, nationally and internationally.
  • i-LEAD utilizes the benefits of social media to integrate students into the administrative network of experts within Colorado as well as across the country.
  • Both in-state and out-of-state students share one low tuition rate.
  • The program is designed to foster nursing leadership and reduce health disparities.
  • Nurses interested in administrative positions will gain core competencies in management.

Exit Options

This master’s program provides a 30-credit core master’s degree in nursing leadership and health care systems, with the following exit options:

  • Graduation with a MS in nursing leadership and health care systems
  • Completion of an additional 12 credits for specialization in Health Care Informatics, offered as a post-master’s certificate
  • Seamless progression into our PhD program with a health systems research focus or our DNP Health Systems Leadership program.

More Information and Contacts

While seeking admission to this MS option, a potential student would be eligible to enroll as a non-degree-seeking student and may take up to 12 semester credits prior to acceptance into this MS option.

Please contact CON.ExtendedStudies@ucdenver.edu​ for more information about enrolling as a non-degree-seeking student.


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