Bring Business Innovation to Patient-Focused Excellence
Healthcare leaders in today's competitive market need business knowledge in addition to nursing competencies. Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Bridge (Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems) is designed to provide both for experienced nurses who have earned a bachelor’s degree outside of nursing, but desire to advance to a master's level degree within nursing. This MSN bridge program bridges the gap to allow you to attain your desired MSN degree.
What You Will Learn
Throughout this MSN and MBA bridge program, you will critically survey foundations of advanced nursing practice and leadership. That means engaging in six graduate-level courses that build your:
- Mastery of evidence-based practices across professional dynamics
- Health assessment
- Applied statistics
- Nursing research methods
- Community and public health
Your Next Degree
GCU's Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems dual degree program integrates advanced healthcare theories with the business concepts needed to successfully lead healthcare organizations. As a graduate of this innovative College of Nursing and Health Care Professions course of study, you will be prepared to fulfill a leadership role within a healthcare organization, such as chief nursing officer, vice president of patient services or chief executive officer.
Program Core Courses
This course is a bridge course for the RN who is returning to formal education for the baccalaureate degree in nursing. The course focuses on differentiated nursing practice competencies, nursing conceptual models, professional accountability, integrating spirituality into practice, group dynamics, and critical thinking. The course also emphasizes writing and oral presentation skills.
This course focuses on methods of health history taking, physical examination skills, documentation, and health promotion strategies. The course emphasizes the individual as the client, health patterns across the lifespan, community resources, and the teaching learning process.
This is an introductory course on concepts of statistics, emphasizing applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare students to understand concepts of statistics and the appropriateness of statistical methods used in published research papers and a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include an introduction to the statistical analysis concepts of variable/reliability factors; P values; experimental design; descriptive statistics, including mean, median, and mode; sampling methods; and power analysis.
This writing intensive course promotes the use of research findings as a basis for improving clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are presented. Emphasis is on the critical review of research studies and their applications to clinical practice. An overview of evidence-based practice is provided. Prerequisite: HLT-362V.
This course focuses on the community as a large system of people of varying cultures, spiritual values, geographic norms, and economic conditions, all influenced by social-legal-political variables that impact individual and community health. Particular attention is paid to vulnerable subgroups in the community. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis, using epidemiological data and functional health pattern assessments to plan and intervene in areas of health promotion and disease prevention.
This course is designed to enhance the working RN’s existing understanding of the pathophysiological processes of disease as they affect clients across the lifespan. The interrelationship of structural and functional reactions of cells and tissues to genetic alterations and injurious agents provide the foundation for comprehending clinical manifestations and treatment protocols. Critical thinking and nursing management are enhanced through the use of case studies that integrate nutritional and pharmacological concepts. The understanding of environmental and biological risk factors provides the nurse with the knowledge to provide health promotion and prevention education.