MBA and MSN With Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems Bridge Pathway

Bridge (MBA and MSN with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems)

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Bring Business Innovation to Patient-Focused Excellence

Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Bridge (MBA and MSN with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems) is designed to provide knowledge in both business and advanced nursing practices. The ideal candidates for this bridge pathway are experienced nurses who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, but desire to advance to a master’s-level nursing degree. Those who complete this bridge pathway are prepared to enroll in the MSN-MBA dual degree in nursing leadership in health care systems.

Healthcare leaders in today's competitive market need business knowledge in addition to nursing competencies and advanced leadership in nursing skills. This MBA MSN bridge pathway helps bridge the gap to qualify you to attain your desired MSN degree.

The MSN MBA bridge pathway with emphasis in nursing leadership at GCU is offered in an online format, meaning you can integrate your education into your busy lifestyle.1 Online learning at GCU provides the same depth of knowledge and learning that you can expect from a forward-thinking university. While completing your online MSN MBA bridge pathway, you’ll have access to knowledgeable support, online learning resources and the convenience that comes with an online modality.1

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Develop Leadership in Nursing Skills Through Advanced Course Topics

Throughout this online MBA and MSN bridge pathway,1 you will critically survey foundations of advanced nursing practice and leadership. That means engaging in six graduate-level courses that build your knowledge of:

  • Dynamics of nursing practice
  • Health assessment
  • Applied statistics
  • Nursing research
  • Concepts in community and public health
  • Pathophysiology

Requirements for the MSN MBA With Nursing Leadership Emphasis Bridge Pathway

If you are a nurse with a previous non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are looking to obtain leadership and business fundamentals while preparing for master’s-level nursing, consider our MSN MBA bridge pathway. To gain admission into our nursing leadership in health care systems MBA bridge pathway, review our graduate admissions requirements and fill out the form on this page to get in contact with a knowledgeable university counselor.

If you have already earned a bachelor's degree in a nursing field, GCU offers a dual MBA-MSN program for you. 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 lead healthcare organizations.

MBA and MSN Online Bridge Pathway FAQs¹

Our frequently asked questions can provide more information for those looking to enroll in an MBA MSN online bridge pathway with a nursing leadership in health care systems emphasis.1

The MBA and MSN in nursing leadership emphasis bridge pathway consists of 24 total credits to completion. Classes for this pathway are online and each class is five weeks in length, with the exception of the final capstone practicum course.

This bridge pathway is designed for current registered nurses without a BSN who are seeking entry into an MSN MBA dual degree program. The MBA and MSN in nursing leadership emphasis bridge pathway consists of a collection of courses that are meant to help transition you into graduate-level nursing studies. If you fit the criteria for this program and are seeking to make a difference as a nursing leader in health care systems, fill out the form on this page to learn more.

1 Excludes program with residencies and practicums.

Total Credits: 24
Online: 5 weeks
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Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Online: $340 per credit [More Info]

Course List

24 credits
Degree Requirements:
24 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education, the role of the professional nurse, and the importance of effective nursing leadership. Standards of practice, differentiated nursing practice, professional accountability, interprofessional collaboration, and quality improvement are emphasized with importance placed on the application of leadership styles and management skills.

Course Description

This course focuses on methods of health history taking, physical examination skills, and documentation. Students integrate assessment skills and clinical judgment/reasoning in identifying actual or potential health problems and needs across the life span. Health promotion strategies are incorporated to provide for the unique needs of the individual, ensuring person-centered care. The course emphasizes the importance of providing compassionate care dealing with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students design plans of care based on evidence-based research and practice.

Course Description

This course focuses on the community as the patient taking into account varying cultures, spiritual values, geographic norms, and economic conditions. The course examines social determinants of health, including social, legal, and political variables impacting individual, community, and population health across the life span. Students use epidemiological data, functional health pattern assessments, and nursing theories to plan and intervene in areas of health promotion and disease prevention across the life span.

Course Description

This course is designed to build upon existing knowledge of the pathophysiological processes of disease as they affect patients across the life span, recognizing the nurse's multidimensional role in health promotion and disease management and prevention, which include biological, environmental, social, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. Integration of nutritional and pharmacological concepts encourages critical thinking and application of nursing interventions. Prerequisite: NRS-420.

Course Description

This is an introductory course on concepts of statistics, emphasizing applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare learners 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.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course promotes the use of research findings as a basis for improving clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are analyzed with an emphasis on the critical review of research studies and their application to clinical practice. Students develop evidence-based practice recommendations from the critical analysis of available literature guided by a PICOT question. Prerequisite: HLT-362V.

Course Description

The final course in the program is writing-intensive. It will integrate the academic and practical knowledge students have acquired throughout the program’s curriculum. Students participate in planned clinical experiences that refine professional competencies at the baccalaureate level and enable them to integrate new knowledge and enhanced skills to advance nursing practice. Clinical practice hours are dedicated to learning objectives in leadership and community health. The evidence-based project provides students an opportunity to identify a clinical nursing practice issue and propose a possible solution. Students, under the guidance of faculty and approved preceptors, identify and analyze a nurse practice issue, develop a change project, and propose an evidence-based solution that reflects synthesis and integration of course content and professional practice. The evidence-based project development is guided by the baccalaureate program learning outcomes. Clinical hours: 100. 50 hours in leadership and 50 hours in community health. Prerequisite: NRS-415, NRS-420, NRS-425, HLT-362V, NRS-445, PHI-413V, NRS-450, NRS-455, NRS-460.


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* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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