COLLEGE OF NURSING
As an i-LEAD student, knowledge gained in cultural competence, informatics, and evidence-based practice will provide you with the ability to excel in today's complex and changing health care system.
i-LEAD is designed for nurses who are currently working full-time in medical settings across the continuum of nursing care. The Master’s of Science is purposefully designed as a streamlined degree, with only 30 required credit hours. These credit hours include purposefully designed courses in Informatics, Leadership Theory, Health Policy, Evidence-Based Practice, and a hands-on practicum or internship.
The program is fully online and taught by professional educators who are also nurses and researchers. Our faculty are highly qualified and well regarded. Because it is fully online, you can enroll in this program no matter where you live. Tuition is the same for students in Colorado and those who live out of state.
Our graduates are prepared for professional advancement in leadership positions in their current workplace. You can also expect to be qualified for numerous opportunities with new employers, where you will be a highly prepared and desirable candidate. You could also transition seamlessly into one of our doctoral programs, either the PhD in Health Systems or the DNP in Health Systems Leadership.
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus!
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. For more information or to view exact rates, please visit the Bursar's website.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Most of our students do their coursework full time, even though they are also employed full-time as nursing professionals. You can successfully work and take courses simultaneously because of the flexibility of our asynchronous, online coursework as well as the fact that we are accustomed to working with employed students. Your professors understand the unique challenges that accompany getting an advanced degree while working full-time.
The i-LEAD program requires a total of 30 credit hours for completion. Students who take a full-time courseload of six credit hours in the spring, six in the fall, and three in the summer can complete their master’s degree in just two years. If you need additional time and flexibility, we are happy to work with you on a schedule that fits your needs.
One of the main reasons that nurses pursue graduate degrees is career advancement. Professional nurses with a MS in Nursing Leadership can move upward in their employment, into leadership and administrative positions. These positions generally come with additional responsibilities, authority, and pay.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects Medical and Health Services Managers to experience faster than average growth over the next ten years.
Here are some of the career opportunities that you could expect after graduation: