Frequently Asked Questions

Nursing and Organizational Leadership Program

Students who elect the Nursing and Organizational Leadership program are prepared for administrative positions in a health care setting. Frequently asked questions and information about the Nursing and Organizational Leadership program are provided below.

What positions are available a masterís and the NOL focus?

Nurse Manager is the position most often acquired by individuals in the NOL program. Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Administrator, Chief Nurse Executive, Quality Improvement, and Informatic positions are often sought as well.†

Are classes offered on-line or on campus?

We now offer all courses in a hybrid (primarily on-line/with some face-to-face) format. The core courses are offered one semester as face-to-face classes in Rochester with ITV to Winona and the other semester in a hybrid format. The NOL program courses are hybrid, on-line with face-to-face meetings four (4) times a semester. They are also offered ITV to remote sites (as can be arranged). The three year plan of study is designed to offer NOL students all classes as hybrid.†

Where are the NOL practicum experiences held?

Practicum experiences can be arranged in a variety of settings. A preceptor with a minimum of a masterís degree in nursing†must be available as the primary preceptor. Practicum experiences may or may not be completed in your current employment agency. Decisions are made on an individual basis and are usually based on the type of experience offered by the organization and the availability of a qualified preceptor. Sites that have been used for practicum are:† Mayo Clinic, Winona Health, Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare - La Crosse, Gundersen Lutheran, Winona Public Health, Mayo Clinic Health System - Austin, and hospitals in the Twin Cities area.

How is the NOL practicum arranged?

A meeting is held between the practicum students and the course faculty. The various practicum sites are discussed and students are asked for their preferences. Practicum experiences are arranged by the Clinical Placement Coordinator and/or the course faculty member after discussion with the students.

Do the NOL courses need to be taken in a specific order?

Yes, for most of the courses there is a defined sequence: NURS 608 (core course and must be taken prior to all NOL program courses), NURS 652, NURS 653, NURS 655 (concurrent or after NURS 652 & NURS 653, NURS 654, NURS 657 (concurrent or after NURS 654. NURS 651 must be taken after the completion of NURS 606.

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