MSN/MBA Dual Degree
Online, Hybrid or Classroom

The Nurse Executive MSN/MBA Dual Degree program prepares graduates for employment in executive leadership positions throughout healthcare systems and organizations.

The business focus of this program will give you the knowledge and skills required of nurse leaders in administration, management, and health policy roles.  At the same time, you'll gain  nursing sciences expertise in both scientific and practice disciplines.

The ultimate synthesis of these two will prepare you to assume an executive management role and positively impact the relationships between management, service providers, and health systems. Students complete administrative practicum and capstone courses that serve to combine the nursing and business curricula.

Christian moral and ethical principles serve as the guide for communication, collaboration, and decision making as a Nurse Executive.

MSN/MBA graduates are eligible to take the Advanced Nurse Administrator certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Full-time or part-time class schedules

  • Full-time students can complete the program in three calendar years

  • Part-time students can complete the program in five calendar years

Online, hybrid and in-class courses

  • Complete all courses completely online or in hybrid format

Clinical Placements coordinated by the University

  • Student placements are arranged by the Clinical Liaison and Clinical Faculty in nationally-ranked clinical facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond

Program Summary

Courses: 18 courses + Capstone Portfolio
Total Credit Hours: 58
Clinical Practicum Hours: 525

Sample Part-time Plan*

FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
YEAR 1

FD 505 (Foundations of Business) - 3 cr.

NU 538 (Informatics) - 3cr. CR 501 (Managerial Accounting) - 3 cr. HC 503 (Legal Aspects of the HCS) - 3 cr.
YEAR 2

NU 530 (Research) - 3 cr.

NU 522 (Policy) - 3 cr. CR 508 (Business Computing) - 3 cr. HC 505 (Managed Care) - 3 cr.
YEAR 3 NU 536 (Population Health) - 3 cr. CR 504 (Marketing Management) - 3 cr. CR 507 (Executive Skills Development) - 3 cr. HC 506 (Community Assessment/Health Planning) - 3 cr.
YEAR 4 CR 506 (Financial Management) - 3 cr. HC 504 (Quality Management) - 3 cr. CR 505 (Organization Management) - 3 cr.
YEAR 5 CR 510 (Policy/Strategy) - 3 cr. NU 729 (Administrative Practicum I) - 5 cr./300 practicum hrs

NU 731 (Administrative Practicum II) - 4 cr./225 practicum hrs

NU 799 (Capstone Portfolio) - 1 cr.


 *This is a sample only. Upon full acceptance to the program, students will consult with their assigned advisor to determine a plan based on seat availability, semester start and individual needs.

See Graduate Catalog for course descriptions »

MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program Description

The Nurse Executive MSN/MBA Dual Degree program (MSN/MBA) prepares graduates for employment in executive leadership positions throughout health systems and organizations.  Graduates possess sophisticated knowledge of business theory and business skills required to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate health services.  The business focus of this curriculum assists in the development of knowledge and skills required of nurse leaders in administration, management, and health policy roles.  The concurrent development of an expertise in the nursing sciences allows the individual to develop a theoretical understanding of nursing as both a scientific and practice discipline.  The ultimate synthesis of these knowledge bases will produce a graduate who can not only assume an executive management role but also can impact the relationships between management, service providers, and health systems.  Christian moral and ethical principles serve as the guide for communication, collaboration, and decision making as a Nurse Executive.

Students complete administrative practicum and capstone courses that serve to synthesize the nursing and business curricula.  Upon graduation, MSN/MBA graduates are eligible to take the Nurse Executive-Advanced Certification Examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

Sequencing

Courses toward the joint MSN/MBA degree are offered through both the Department of Nursing and Health and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program. MBA Core and Health Care Support courses follow core courses in the MSN Program. Finally, a sequence of clinical practicum with an additional Capstone Course completes the degree requirements. 

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the MSN/MBA Program graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate an inner core of Christian humanistic values that guide the student's professional and personal decisions.

  2. Demonstrate executive leadership skills that can be applied in a variety of health care settings.

  3. Develop expertise in resource utilization that reflects the contemporary needs of the health community.

  4. Integrate the theory and knowledge from the disciplines of nursing and business in responding to challenges of an increasingly complex healthcare system.

  5. Apply business and nursing principles to foster an environment that enhances productivity, job satisfaction, and professional development.

  6. Develop the necessary skills for advanced research in specialized fields of nursing.

  7. Participate in the development and evaluation of health delivery models consistent with standards of professional organizations and regulatory agencies.

  8. Integrate the use of technology and information systems in the delivery of health services.

 

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