Online Case Management Program (MSN CM)
Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Case Management (CM) program can help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to play a critical role in improving outcomes in the complex healthcare system. You will empower patients to understand and access quality, efficient healthcare and manage communication between the client, family, health team, and payer.
With a strong academic foundation, the case management program prepares you to assume advanced nursing roles in various case management practices across ever-changing healthcare delivery systems.
Our program features an online learning community led by faculty members who understand advanced nursing and the increasing importance of the case management role. You’ll benefit from a curriculum that’s informed by the latest developments in the field and from personalized attention in small classes.
Case Management Across the Healthcare Continuum: Quality, Cost-Effective Care
As the Baby Boom generation continues to age, their healthcare needs become increasingly complicated and costly. Case managers can help these patients navigate their treatment, coordinating care across facilities and specialties to ensure consistent, quality service. Case management also leads to savings for hospitals—one 2007 study of a case management program in California found that case management yielded a return on investment of 2 to 1.[i]
As health care reform progresses, the kind of services and savings case managers can provide are likely to be more in demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track case management nurses as a separate occupation, but growth for the profession should be in line with growth projections for advanced practice nursing—about 31% over the next ten years.[ii]
What You Can Do As a Case Manager
As a graduate of our MSN CM program, you will become a true advocate for patients and their families, collaborating with other healthcare professionals to ensure quality, cost-effective care and promote clients’ self-management of their conditions.
You will also play a key role in reducing the costs of healthcare to patients and providers by eliminating duplicate efforts and advocating for best-practice treatments.
- Assess patient conditions, needs, abilities and resources in order to develop a care plan;
- Construct care plans that reflect the patient’s goals and the treatment plan and include strategies for achieving these goals;
- Coordinate and collaborate with the providers, services, and community resources outlined in the plan;
- Act as a facilitator of communication for your clients, their care providers, and their insurance providers;
- Evaluate the outcomes of plans to assess progress, strategies and make modifications if necessary;
- Promote participation by patients and their caregivers in the decision-making process;
- Empower patients to confidently and proactively manage their own health.
After gaining work experience as a case manager, you may also become eligible for certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American Case Management Association, or the Commission for Case Manager Certification.
Where You Can Study With Us
Our online MSN CM program is currently approved for nurses seeking to practice in California. We are seeking additional authorizations on a state-by-state basis, so check back often to see if your state has been added to the list.
Where You Can Work
After completing your degree, you can practice in a variety of settings. For example:
- Acute care hospitals
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Home health agencies
- Outpatient settings
- Community-based NPOs
- Accountable care organizations
- Managed care organizations
- Independent case management companies
- Workers’ compensation insurance companies
- Insurance companies
What You Can Learn
Our online MSN CM is a 37-credit master’s degree program. It is available in a full-time, four-semester format or a part-time, six-semester format. As part of this program, you will also complete an in-person preceptorship. Course topics in the program include:
- Research Methods
- Analysis of Health Policy Issues
- Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Case Managers
- Advanced Pharmacological Management for Nurse Case Managers
- Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Case Managers
- Advanced Health Assessment Lab for Nurse Case Managers
- Epidemiology & Bio-Statistics
- Healthcare Finance
- Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement
- Case Management
- Case Management Clinical
- Organizational Behaviors in Healthcare Delivery Systems
- Practice and Seminar
- Synthesis Requirement
At the completion of the program, you will complete a capstone project focused on solving a problem or meeting the healthcare needs of a specific population. This project will be based on an extensive review of literature and data and will synthesize content from across all your courses. The project may take the form of:
- A design for a case management program for a target population;
- Developing a case management tool for a target population;
- Developing an efficient case management procedure for an acute care setting.
To apply to our online Master of Science in Nursing in Case Management program, you must be a licensed, currently practicing Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
In addition, applicants must:
- Have successfully completed at least one course in statistics;
- Provide two letters of reference.
For more details on the application process, admissions, or our program, contact us today at 877.670.4629.