As patient health care management needs become increasingly more complex, the need for care managers grows exponentially. The online master’s in care management program at MU prepares graduates to go beyond bedside practice and into this high-demand field. With an interdisciplinary approach, this program educates health care professionals on how to improve health outcomes, enhance care quality and reduce health care costs among their patients.
This program supports preparation for national certification as a care manager through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (nurses), American Case Management Association (health care disciplines), and the Commission for Case Manager Certification (health care disciplines).
- Communicate, collaborate and engage individuals and families, health care professionals and health care systems.
- Facilitate appropriate use of health care resources in order to deliver high-quality, high-value care in all health care settings.
- Critique, assimilate and evaluate research, technology, health care costs and informatics data as a basis for promoting health, improving health care coordination and influencing changes at the systems and policy level.
- Advocate, through leadership and policy, for all persons in need of health care coordination regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability and military, veteran or socioeconomic status.
- Practice professional accountability and behavior consistent with the Code of Professional Conduct for Case Managers.
Official nameMaster of science in care management
Program typeMaster's degree
Academic homeSinclair School of Nursing
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
Employment possible in acute, primary and tertiary care settings, community-based care settings or organizations, private practices, as well as for-profit and non-profit agencies. Titles could include:
- Care coordinator
- Case manager
- Family service worker
- Community health coach
- Transition resource specialist
Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.
Courses are semester-based. Students typically complete part-time study plans in three years.
Course work includes
- Foundations of care management
- Pharmacology, pathophysiology and physical assessment
- Nursing and health policy
- Evidence-based care management practice for individuals and populations
- Quality, safety and performance outcomes
Typical program length3 years
Typical course loadPart time
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
- Gerontological nursing
- Care coordination
- Hearing health care
- Transitional care/discharge planning
- Advance care planning
- Health information technology education
- Family and community medicine
- Nursing of older adults
- Care coordination