Online AS Nursing to MS Nursing
Health Systems Leadership

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Overview of the Online Associate of Science in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing Program

Prepare yourself to lead in a challenging and exciting healthcare climate.

Do you feel called to a life of leadership and impact? Are you looking to build on your associate degree in nursing? The ASN to MSN in Health Systems Leadership prepares you to advance your career and become a transformative world-changer. This degree is designed to develop healthcare system leaders who are ethical, effective, efficient, and innovative in meeting evolving industry needs. When you pursue the ASN to MSN track at IWU, you get:

  • 100% online, top-ranked nursing program
  • Flexibility in scheduling and program speed
  • Caring faculty who will provide hands-on, real-world experience


Did you know? IWU offers other health systems leadership programs, too. Find one that fits you!

You’ll Learn To…

  • Integrate knowledge of the art and science of leadership and nursing into the role of a nursing leader
  • Create an environment that fosters a person-centered approach to nursing leadership
  • Lead systems to enhance population health
  • Utilize scholarship and evidence to guide quality improvement principles in the leadership of nursing practice
  • Apply systems and complexity principles to lead nursing practice through the use of information and communication technology

Career Options

  • Chief Nurse Executive
  • Nurse Manager
  • Director of Nursing
  • Various other nurse leadership roles in healthcare, government, and business settings


53 Total
$455 and 595/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Below are the courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information,  feel free to contact us

Nursing Health Systems Leadership Courses



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Associate Degree in nursing from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and national nursing programmatic accreditation (ACEN, CNEA). Up to 60 credits may be transferred from an accredited associate degree program.
  • A grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the associate degree-granting college or university.
  • Proof that all nursing licenses - whether current or inactive - are unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • All applicants must provide three letters of professional reference. References should be from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors, or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate. These letters should be solicited from professionals who can address the applicant's qualifications for the MSN programs.
  • Original transcript from the degree-granting institution.
  • At least one year of professional practice.
  • A criminal history background check (at the student's expense) must be completed before registration for any track of the masters nursing program. Letters of acceptance from the Division of Masters Nursing will include instructions for completing the criminal background check. The criminal background check must be completed no earlier than two weeks before the beginning of the first course.
  • To assist in the decision-making process, the Division of Masters Nursing reserves the right to require the applicant to interview

  • Completion of all undergraduate and MSN requirements for the specific program major.
  • Met the minimum grade requirement for each course.
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher.
  • Program must be completed within a maximum of five years from the date of enrollment.
  • All financial obligations must be settled in order to receive a diploma.

Practice is an essential component of the graduate nursing program. Practicum courses offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • Students in the Health Systems Leadership program must complete a minimum of 520 hours of supervised practicum at an onsite facility the student obtains permissions to work within.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.
  • Students must fulfill all requirements as stipulated by practicum sites.


The ASN-MSN at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

The master's degree programs in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ( IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). 

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024