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Executive Program for Nurses

Department of - Organization & Leadership

Contact Information

212-678-3812
212-678-8341
Professor Elaine La Monica Rigolosi

Program Description

The Executive Program for Nurses prepares students for leading roles in healthcare organizations, both service and education. These roles are those that advance and implement the practice of nursing and healthcare, operating primarily in one-to-one relationships with clients. Hence, the graduates of this program will have their major impact on nursing and healthcare by influencing other interdisciplinary healthcare providers. The basic aims of current healthcare delivery and healthcare reform mandate a non-partisan approach to the education of nurses and all healthcare administrators and executives. Professionals who practice in today’s healthcare environments and shape tomorrow’s reform must be collaborative interdisciplinarians.
 
Nursing leadership in scholarship, in research, and in practice is achieved with the attainment of the doctoral degree. Toward this ultimate goal, there are various developmental levels of role preparation, including an exit point of achievement at the level of Master of Arts (48 points). All role preparation in the Executive Program for Nurses is based upon approaches of open inquiry, scholarly pursuit, and the ability to synthesize knowledge from diverse disciplines.

Degree Summary

MASTER OF ARTS, ADMINISTRATION STUDIES: NURSE EXECUTIVE ROLE

  • NEXM: Available for full-time study.
  • NEXR: Available for part-time study.

MASTER OF ARTS, PROFESSORIAL STUDIES: NURSE EDUCATION ROLE

  • NEPM: Available for full-time study.
  • NEPR: Available for part-time study.

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION, NURSE EXECUTIVE ROLE (NEXD)

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please click the "Degrees" tab above

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please continue on to this program's "Degrees" section in this document

Degree Requirements

General

Note the basic research requirements that are for all students in the department.
The Capstone Project is a requirement for all Master’s degree candidates. It is required during the semester in which a student applies for a master’s degree. Details are provided in “Guidelines for the Capstone Project,” which can be obtained from the office of the Executive Program for Nurses and from Faculty Advisors. The following are examples of the Master’s Cohort sequence by semester.


Master of Arts

The Masters of Arts degree offers preparation for nursing and healthcare management positions as well as preparation for roles in nursing education.  Two specializations are offered: administration studies, emphasizing the basic skills and concepts of management; and professorial studies, which prepares learners for beginning positions in teaching.

The accelerated program at the M.A. level in both specializations is a cohort program that meets one day per week on Fridays. It runs for four semesters.  Tuition will be billed at standard Teachers College rates.

Sample Full-Time Program Plan for the Master of Arts NURSE EXECUTIVE ROLE

Semester I

  • ORL 4014 Legal issues in healthcare organizations (3)
  • ORL 4054 Leadership and management in healthcare organizations (3)
  • ORLN 4005 Theories of nursing (3)
  • HUDM 4120 Basic concepts in statistics (3)

Semester II

  • ORL 4003 Crisis intervention (3)
  • ORL 4011 Personnel management in healthcare (3)
  • ORLN 5000 Nursing science (3)
  • ORLN 5013 Informatics in nursing (3)           

Semester III

  • ORLN 4013 Fiscal management of the nursing organization (3)
  • ORLN 5040 Methods in nursing research (3)
  • ORLN 5530 Seminar: Clinical teaching and evaluation (3)
  • HUD 4120 Methods of empirical research (3)

Semester IV

  • ORLD 4051 How adults learn (3)
  • ORLN 4050 Health problems and issues in society (3)
  • ORLN 5010 Administration of a nursing organization (3)
  • ORLN 6501 Seminar in professional nursing (3)

Sample Full-Time Program Plan for the Master of Arts NURSE EDUCATION ROLE

Semester I

  • ORL 4014 Legal issues in healthcare organizations (3)
  • ORL 4054 Leadership and management in healthcare organizations (3)
  • ORLN 4005 Theories of nursing (3)
  • HUDM 4120 Basic concepts in statistics (3)

Semester II

  • ORL 4003 Crisis intervention (3)
  • ORLD 4053 Facilitating adult learning (3)
  • ORLN 5000 Nursing science (3)
  • ORLN 5013 Informatics in nursing (3)

Semester III

  • ORLD 4844 Helping adults learn (3)
  • ORLD 5055 Staff development and training (3)
  • ORLN 5040 Methods in nursing research (3)
  • ORLN 5530 Seminar: Clinical teaching and evaluation (3)

Semester IV

  • ORLD 4051 How adults learn (3)
  • ORLN 4050 Health problems and issues in society (3)
  • ORLN 5230 Fieldwork in nursing education (3)
  • ORLN 6501 Seminar in professional nursing (3)

* Courses and/or sequence are subject to change.


Doctor of Education

NURSE EXECUTIVE ROLE

The Accelerated Program at the Ed.D. level is a cohort program that meets one day per week on Fridays. The program consists of six semesters of coursework leading to the Ed.D. degree in addition to satisfactory completion of a doctoral dissertation. Program tuition is billed at the standard per-credit Teachers College tuition rate.

For program course recommendations and program planning, please see the Doctor of Education Advisement Guide which can be obtained from the office of the Executive Program for Nurses. The following is an example of a doctoral cohort sequence by semester.

Semester I

  • ORLN 5005 Interdisciplinary theory in nursing (3)
  • ORLN 6514 Marketing nursing programs and services (3)
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)

Semester II

  • ORL 5551 Ethics for healthcare professionals (3)
  • ORL 6500 Qualitative research methods in organizations: Design and data collection (3)
  • ORLN 6615 Colloquium in nursing administration (3)

Semester III

  • ORLN 5043 Nursing research development (3)
  • ORLN 6522 Policy formation and governance in healthcare (3)
  • A&HF 4090 Philosophies of education (3)

Certification

Semester IV

  • ORL 6011 Advanced system management (3)
  • ORLN 6014 Managing the socially responsible organization (3)
  • ORLN 6540 Dissertation design development (3)

Semester V

  • ORLN 5011 Designing, planning, and monitoring the healthcare system (3)
  • ORLN 6541 Advanced dissertation design development (3)
  • ORLN 7500 Dissertation seminar in nursing (3)

Semester VI

  • ORLN 6511 Innovations in nursing management (3)
  • ORLN 6635 Colloquium in nursing education (3)
  • ORLN 7900 Directed dissertation research (3)                   

Note: After certification, candidates must be continuously enrolled every fall and spring semester, up to and including the semester in which the dissertation defense is held and the revised and/or completed dissertation is submitted to the Office of Doctoral Studies.  Following satisfactory completion of all cohort courses covering six semesters, all cohort students must continue in and attend a regular course (3 points) every semester until all requirements for graduation are completed.  Course selection: Courses that may be taken include ORLN 6940, ORLN 6941, ORLN 7900, or ORLN 8900 and are based on the advice of the candidate’s advisor.


Application Information

Master of Arts
 
In addition to the requirements for admission to Teachers College, in order to be considered for admission in the program, applicants must:
 
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in accordance with Teachers College admission requirements;
  • Hold a current Registered Nurse Licensure in a state in the U.S. or in a province of Canada;
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in undergradaute coursework;
  • Have one year of post-baccalaureate management nursing experience (required for administration studies);
  • Have one year of post-baccalaureate full-time clinical nursing practice experience (required for professorial studies);
 
The accelerated Master of Arts program has ongoing admissions every semester.
 
Doctor of Education
 
In addition to the requirements for admission to Teachers College, in order to be considered for admission into the program, doctoral applicants must:
 
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in accordance with Teachers College admission requirements;
  • Hold a graduate degree and/or 36 graduate points/credits approved by Teachers College, Columbia University;
  • Hold a current Registered Nurse Licensure in a state in the U.S. or in a province of Canada;
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in prior graduate coursework;
  • Have a GRE verbal score of at least 540 (former test score), 156 (current test score), or an MAT score of at least 416. Results of the GRE or MAT should not be more than 5 years old; and
  • Have one year of post-baccalaureate nursing management experience.
International applicants should note that a current permit from the New York State Board of Nursing is required to practice nursing and/or to do fieldwork. Potential candidates who do not meet certain admission standards but who can demonstrate substantial ability shall have the option to petition the faculty of the program to be considered for admission based on alternative evidence of ability.
 
The next accelerated Doctor of Education cohort is expected to begin in the Fall 2018 semester.

Faculty List

Faculty

Lecturers

Visiting Faculty

Adjunct

Full-Time Instructors

Instructors

Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing Education
Arts and Humanities Adjunct
Adjunct Professor of Nursing Education
Adjunct Professor of Nursing Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing Education
Adjunct Professor of Adult and Leadership
Adjunct Professor of Nursing Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Adult Learning and Leadership
Professor of Education

For up to date information about course offerings including faculty information, please visit the online course schedule.

Course List

ORL 4003 Crisis intervention
Study of general crisis phenomena within the framework of crisis intervention theory. Analysis of individual, family, and community dynamics.
ORL 4011 Personnel management in healthcare
Examination and application of personnel management and human relations theory in the healthcare organization. Includes human resource utilization, problem solving, comunications theory, and evaluation performance. Special fee: $25.
ORL 4014 Legal issues in healthcare organizations
Laws, administrative regulations, and pertinent case law affecting healthcare organizations. Theories of power, politics, and labor relations applied. Local, state, and federal impact on healthcare included. Special fee: $25.
ORL 4054 Leadership and management in healthcare organizations

Critical analysis of theory and research in organizational behavior, leadership, and management as it relates to the role of healthcare executives. Critique of the executive's role as it relates to these theories. Special fee: $25.

ORL 5551 Ethics for healthcare professionals
Review of ethical issues in healthcare and healthcare delivery. Special fee: $150.
ORL 6011 Advanced system management
Managing systems requires the generation of useful information for decision-making. This course focuses on using information for strategic planning and management of systems in healthcare.
ORL 6500 Qualitative research

An introduction to qualitative research methods conceptualization and data collection procedures and design. Students learn various qualitative data collection techniques and conduct a pilot study.

ORLD 4051 How adults learn
Role and perspective changes in adulthood, concepts of maturity, learning theories, personality development, cognitive learning and thinking, creativity, interests and attitudes, motivation, self-concept, and achieving styles. Implications for the education of adults in a wide variety of workplace, community, and educational settings.
ORLD 4053 Facilitating adult learning
In-depth consideration of issues, strategies, and methods for facilitating adult learning. Theory is considered in relationship to practice. Methods are identified that are suited to adult learning in different settings, and to the role played by groups in individual to team learning. No prerequisites required, but learning is enhanced when taken following ORLD 4051.
ORLD 4844 Helping adults learn
In this course, participants will explore the ways in which adults learn critical thinking and they will experience different techniques to teach critical thinking. Exercises to be reviewed will include: Scenario analysis, heroes and villains, crisis decision simulation and critical incidents. The course will mix presentations by the leader with small group exercises.
ORLD 5055 Staff development and training
Introductory course covering the organization, management, and instructional process involved in staff training and development programs in business, industry, unions, healthcare institutions, government, and other noncollegiate settings. Current developments, innovative practices, and issues. This course is also offered in a distance learning format.
ORLN 4005 Theories of nursing
Theoretical foundations of nursing. Critical analysis of theories that explain the nature of nursing practice.
ORLN 4013 Fiscal management of the nursing organization
Focus is the fiscal impact of providing nursing services. Management information systems, organizing human and material resources, and assessing the cost and quality of nursing services are studied. Health organization finance and nursing budgeting are included.
ORLN 4050 Health problems and issues in society
Political and economic concepts influencing the delivery of healthcare services. Consideration of health issues facing the public and possible courses of action.
ORLN 5000 Nursing science
Prerequisite: ORLN 4005. Examination of emerging issues in nursing research and healthcare. Relevance to theory development and health policy are emphasized.
ORLN 5005 Interdisciplinary theory in nursing
Prerequisites: ORLN 4005, ORLN 4050, or equivalent. Evaluation of utility of theories and models from related disciplines in posing research problems in nursing. Focus on strategies of concept analysis and theory derivation.
ORLN 5010 Administration of a nursing organization
Prerequisite: ORL 4054. Analysis and application of administrative theory and structure to the nurse executive role. Analysis of fit of models to the nursing administrative task. Application of MBO quantitative decision theory, and other models in the nursing administrative function.
ORLN 5011 Designing, planning, and monitoring the healthcare system
Prerequisite: ORL 4054. Corequisites or prerequisites: ORLN 4005, ORLN 4013, and ORLN 5010. Identification and analysis of organization and planning theories applicable to the nursing care system. Development of design models based on analyses of current and predictable healthcare needs of society and the nursing market. Ability to assess architectural plans as they impact on nursing care delivery.
ORLN 5013 Informatics in nursing
Focus on computerized management information systems, computer-based analysis of decision alternatives, assessing nursing care quality and cost-effectiveness, and other feedback mechanisms specific to the nursing organization. Special fee: $50.
ORLN 5040 Methods in nursing research
Prerequisites: ORLN 4005, ORLN 5000. Analysis of hypothetical generation, study designs, and data collection methods in nursing research with emphasis on application to practice.
ORLN 5043 Nursing research development
Prerequisites: ORLN 4005, ORLN 5040, or equivalents. Philosophical foundations of empirical and naturalistic inquiry methods are examined with reference to developing a domain-significant research problem. Emphasis given to clarification to study design within interdisciplinary knowledge relevant to nursing.
ORLN 5230 Fieldwork in nursing education
Permission required. Supervised practice in teaching nurse learners in one or more settings: classroom, clinical, or practice.
ORLN 5530 Seminar: Clinical teaching and evaluation
Inquiry in effective strategies for teaching and evaluating students in the laboratory setting. Analysis, or theory and related research.
ORLN 5908 Independent study in professional nursing

Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the master's level in a selected aspect of professional nursing. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.

ORLN 5910 Independent study in nursing administration

Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the master's level in a selected aspect of nursing administration. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.

ORLN 6014 Managing the socially responsible organization
Analysis of selected social, economic, and political megatrends that have or will continue to influence the direction of change in the healthcare industry. The process of analysis is intended to serve as a conceptual framework for the categorization of discrete trends affecting the management of nursing services and programs.
ORLN 6501 Seminar in professional nursing
Prerequisites: Two courses in nursing professionalism and/or history. Examination of selected professional nursing problems or domain in depth. Course may be repeated for credit if different topics are covered.
ORLN 6511 Innovations in nursing management
Prerequisites: ORL 4054, ORLN 4011, ORLN 5010. Selected innovations in nursing, other health disciplines and management science are analyzed regarding underlying processes for translating new knowledge into successful practice. Special fee: $10.
ORLN 6514 Marketing nursing programs

Prerequisites: ORL 4054, ORLN 5010. Analysis of marketing concepts and principles of strategic planning as they relate to nurse executive role in health service industry.

ORLN 6522 Policy formation and governance in healthcare
Policy formation and governance within nursing organizations and within the larger institution of which they are a part. Exploration of external and internal influences on policy formation in nursing.
ORLN 6540 Seminar on dissertation design development

Permission required. Prerequisites: ORLN 4005, ORLN 5005, ORLN 5043, statistics, and certification. Required of all doctoral candidates. Group critique of dissertation proposals; focus on beginning to intermediate aspects of analysis of theory and research design. This course may be repeated as often as necessary until the student is ready for the departmental examination. Once ORLN 6540 is taken, continuous fall/spring enrollment in this course or in ORLN 8900 is required until the semester during which the departmental examination is held.

ORLN 6541 Advanced seminar on dissertation design development

Permission required. Prerequisite: ORLN 6540 and certification. Focus on advanced aspects of research design and method.

ORLN 6635 Colloquium in nursing education
Prerequisite: Determined by instructor based on topic selected. Examination of selected problems in nursing education practice and administration. Course may be repeated for credit if different topic covered.
ORLN 6908 Independent study in professional nursing
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the doctoral level in a selected aspect of professional nursing. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
ORLN 6910 Independent study in nursing administration
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the doctoral level in a selected aspect of nursing administration. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
ORLN 6930 Independent study in nursing education
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the doctoral level in a selected aspect of nursing education. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
ORLN 6940 Independent study in nursing research
Permission required. Allows student to contract with an individual faculty member for research-related work in a defined area of study, including dissertation development.
ORLN 7500 Dissertation seminar in nursing
Permission required. Prerequisite: ORLN 6540 and certification. The departmental examination, involving presentation of dissertation proposal for faculty approval. This course is required of all certified doctoral candidates and may be taken only once. If the student is unable to satisfactorily complete the departmental examination during the semester in which enrolled, an incomplete is given.
ORLN 7900 Directed dissertation in research
Permission required. Prerequisites: ORLN 6540 and ORLN 6541. All doctoral students eligible for this course must register for this course during completion of the dissertation. This course may be repeated as often as necessary upon advice of the advisor.
ORLN 8900 Dissertation advisement in nursing

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation following completion of all course work and programmatic course requirements, upon advisement by Faculty advisor. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For continuous requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.