One crucial point in national healthcare reform is the state’s demand for nurses to support healthcare services continues to exceed the supply of qualified and educated nurses in healthcare systems. In addition, the 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 to overcoming these obstacles.
Benefits and Uniqueness of the i-LEAD Program
- The College of Nursing faculty are experts in healthcare 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.
This master’s program provides a 30-credit core master’s degree in nursing leadership and healthcare systems, with the following exit options:
- Graduation with an MS in nursing leadership and healthcare systems
- Completion of an additional 12 credits for specialization in Health Care Informatics, offered as a post-masters certificate
- Seamless progression into our PhD program with a health systems research focus or our DNP Health Systems Leadership program.