Master of Science in Nursing – Case Management Specialization (Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program)

Take your nursing career to the next level. The Master of Science in Nursing – Case Management specialization will prepare you to advance your career and deliver personalized services to patients.

As you pursue a degree in this specialization, you’ll also explore current trends in leadership and management … human diversity and social issues … health promotion and disease prevention … and research and global, evidence-based practice.

What will I learn in the MSN Case Management online degree program?

You will gain knowledge and clinical expertise in case management and working in health maintenance organizations. You will also learn how to improve patient care outcomes through patient referrals. And you’ll be able to evaluate the healthcare system and its ability to meet patient needs.

Plus, as part of your final research seminar, you will complete a Capstone Project at the conclusion of your specialization. Review this Comparison in MSN Specializations to explore the option that best fits your career aspirations.

Note: If you’re an RN and interested in this program, but only have your associate degree, explore our RN to MSN Bridge Option.

What careers can I pursue with my online MSN in Case Management degree?

From healthcare administration to outpatient services, the MSN-Case Management specialization is for nursing professionals seeking to further their careers in leadership and management roles1.

How long is the online Case Management degree program?

At 37 credit hours, the nursing courses in this specialization should be completed in 24 months. ​It could take less time depending on how many classes you take each term.

How much will my online Case Management degree program cost?

The graduate rate is $325 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin frequently, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

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Master of Science in Nursing – Case Management Specialization (Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program)

Case Management Specialization Outcomes

After successfully completing this specialization track in nursing case management, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate client selection and assessment according to current practice models
  • Establish a case management plan that includes identification of problems, determination of outcomes and coordination of resources, and that facilitates the transition of care to the medical home model
  • Compose a plan that evaluates the established outcomes and facilitates the termination of care
  • Demonstrate principle of advocacy both for the client and in the promotion of client self-advocacy
  • Manage resources to facilitate collaboration and coordination of care in a variety of healthcare environments
Master of Science in Nursing Outcomes

Regardless of Specialization, upon successful completion of a MSN program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate nursing and related sciences into the delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations
  • Incorporate concepts of advanced practice nursing when making nursing diagnoses and critical thinking decisions about educational and therapeutic interventions
  • Design nursing care for a clinical or community‐based population based on cultural diversity, biophysical, psychosocial, and organizational needs
  • Demonstrate high-level communication skills when involved with patients and professionals both within and outside the healthcare field
  • Combine theory and research-based knowledge from nursing and the sciences as they relate to the interdisciplinary team when designing, coordinating and evaluating quality patient care
  • Formulate career management strategies, including self-advocacy, to enhance professional growth
Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

Master of Science in Nursing – Case Management Specialization (Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program)

The case management courses for nurses in this specialization can prepare you for number of supervisory and management positions in healthcare1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Charge Nurse
  • Director of Nursing
  • Operating Room Registered Nurse
  • Emergency Department RN
  • Staff Nurse

Employers can include:

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community health agencies
  • Home care agencies
  • Government agencies

Master of Science in Nursing – Case Management Specialization (Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program)

As you consider your educational options for accredited online nursing programs, bear in mind Grantham University’s coursework is 100% online for the flexibility you need to launch a successful career.

Note: Nursing courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence as shown here.

Program Core Credits: 37
Total Credit Hours: 37
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 37
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU500 Title: Graduate Student Success Credits: 1
  This course is designed to introduce the concepts of professionalism and scholarly research to new graduate students at Grantham University. Students will explore the construct of professionalism, including relevant educational requirements, ethical behavior, required experience, certification or credentialing examinations, and field-specific organizations in light of their chosen disciplines. Further, this course introduces the concepts of scholarly research as both a field of literature and as a systematic method of inquiry. Students will prepare for potential scholarly research projects that may be required in their degree programs by exploring the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) modules and reviewing the steps to propose a research study. Throughout the course, students will demonstrate skill sets related to career success: distributed collaboration, critical thinking, effective oral and written communication, data and information literacy, and ethical b
Course: NUR506 Title: Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing Credits: 3
  This course concentrates on theories and concepts related to Advance Practice Nursing: the roles, the essential knowledge, behavioral motivation and decision-making techniques of the APN. Application of various aspects of advance practice nursing will be explored including evidence-based practice (EBP) and research with 22.5 hours of applied practice learning experience (APLE) conducted in regard to these principles when providing nursing care to clients, families and the community.
Course: NUR552 Title: Legal and Ethical Issues of Advanced Practice Nursing Credits: 3
  This course presents the moral, ethical and legal aspects facing the advanced practice nurse in their daily professional work with an emphasis on the ethical practices and decision-making processes faced by all nursing. The 22.5 hours of applied practice learning experiences (APLE) focuses on the basic tenets of these practices and the practical application of professional nursing principles as they are examined throughout this course and continue throughout the nursing program.
Course: NUR542 Title: Concepts of Case Management Credits: 3
  This course examines the evolution of the case management concepts from the inception of the specialty through current practice models. The role and processes of the case manager as an advanced practice nurse are emphasized. The course has elements of the Case Management Society of America Core Curriculum for Case Management. The function of the nurse as a member of the case management team leads to the development of a case management plan.
Course: HSN501 Title: Healthcare Systems Credits: 3
  Students will examine healthcare systems and their effect on the health of populations. The purpose of this course is to bring the student up-to-date on significant developments that have occurred in the American healthcare system. The student will explore the widespread penetration of managed care with its service management and cost control strategies resulting in an open market competition among healthcare providers. Topics included are systems/theory thinking, case management, health policy, the inter-relatedness of elements within healthcare systems, and strategies to influence systems.
Course: HSN509 Title: Clinical and Administrative Systems Credits: 3
  Students examine the foundations of clinical information collection, processing, recording, and use to support decision-making in healthcare environments. Emphasis is placed on compliance with regulatory standards, safety, and quality implementation. Other topics include technology for e-health applications and Tele-health, hospital information systems, utilization of electronic pharmacy systems, data integrity, and implications and applications of information technology in healthcare management.
Course: NUR516 Title: Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the process and design of nursing research. Studies in the research process include the context of established nursing theories, nursing research and evidence-based nursing practice. A review of quantitative and qualitative studies and guidelines to support evidence-based practice will result in the development of a research project. Strategies are developed for research utilization, protection of subjects and dissemination of findings in advanced nursing practice. During the 22.5 hours of applied practice learning experience (APLE), the culmination of this course will be the creation of a modified research paper, the first step toward the capstone project for master's level nurses.
Course: NUR545 Title: Life Care Planning Credits: 3
  Students in this course will examine the financial, emotional, and ethical aspects of patient care related to disease management, coordination of care, and the process of identifying long-term care for vulnerable populations. Included will be patients with congenital complications, chronic illnesses, and complex injuries throughout the life span.
Course: NUR513 Title: Diverse Populations and Healthcare Credits: 3
  This course provides an introduction to and exploration of concepts and theories relevant to healthcare for diverse populations with 22.5 hours of applied practice learning experience (APLE) embedded for the application of the concepts and theories to a population's health care needs. Diversity is examined relative to family and social organizations, roles and expectations and communication patterns and the value/beliefs underlying health-illness behaviors between western and non-western cultures.
Course: NUR547 Title: Case Management and Evidenced-Based Practice Credits: 3
  The process of evidence-based patient care is the central theme of this course. The role of the case manager as client advocate and the incorporation of evidence-based care into the management of patient care cases are examined. The course will provide the student with the essential competencies of the advanced practice nurse professional with a particular emphasis on total quality management (TQM). The role of the nurse in expanding the content of evidence-based practice guidelines will be defined in the parameters of case management.
Course: HSN521 Title: Modern Organizations and Healthcare Credits: 3
  This course exposes students to an in-depth discussion of both the theories and practical applications of healthcare management. In addition to the primary management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling, specialized topics like communication, ethical responsibilities, process management, and leadership are discussed. Students also investigate alternative management and leadership styles that can be utilized as effective models and approaches for managing change, resources, time, and performance.
Course: NUR605 Title: Case Management Research Seminar Credits: 3
  This Case Management Research Seminar for the graduate student emphasizes the emerging trends in health care and the world health systems. Issues relating to the development/implementation of new case management programs or evaluation/recommendations for existing case management programs will be examined. Utilizing 45 hours of applied practice learning experiences (APLE), the culmination of this course results in a capstone project proposal related to case management practice, concepts and/or major issues.
Course: NUR606 Title: Case Management Practicum Credits: 3
  The practice experience for Nursing Case Management requires the student to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired through a variety of experiences as a nurse case manager in a healthcare environment. This course requires 90 hours of practice experience (PE) related to case management in a healthcare environment. The culmination of this course will result in the completion of the capstone project related to nursing case management, it practice, concepts and/or major issues in today's complex healthcare environment.