MBA-MSN-L Dual Degree

Master of Business Administration & Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Explore the Business of Healthcare as an MBA-MSN-L Graduate

The Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems degree program is for experienced nurses who have previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and are looking to move their career in a new direction. This graduate program offers students cross-functional business management skills and leadership competencies within the field of nursing.

Students are guided through their development of advanced management skills within the healthcare field. Coursework reinforces respect of human dignity and allows students to work toward advancing the common good through healthcare. Previous skills in nursing are combined with new skills in business and management to give graduates the foundation for a new career direction in leadership or entrepreneurship.

Why Earn Your MBA-MSN-L Dual Degree at GCU?

GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers students industry-level nursing education. The MBA-MSN-L dual degree combines this nursing education with necessary business skills. Classes are convenient and fit into all lifestyles with both traditional, online and evening cohort classes available.

The master’s degree in nursing at GCU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Select states may have additional requirements to meet their standards; reference the enrollment agreement or contact GCU for more information. Be a Leader – Combine Business Strategy and Healthcare

The dual MBA-MSN-L degree addresses course topics such as leadership and management, accounting, economics, operations management, ethics in healthcare, and leadership and management theories.

Students will:

  • Examine healthcare policy while incorporating the perspective of skilled nurses with business theory
  • Focus on the relevant ethical, legal and political factors of healthcare policy
  • Perform relevant, industry-specific research
  • Determine advocacy strategies for improving the access to and quality of healthcare for diverse populations
  • Complete evidence-based practice projects in which students address a problem in their area of professional practice, propose a solution and design an evaluation 

The Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum also provides students with the opportunity to apply what they learned to a contemporary, nursing leadership-related practicum experience. This practicum encourages the application of deep nursing knowledge, along with advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Topics can range from quality/performance improvement or mentorship/coaching to interdisciplinary relationships or staff development.

Coursework in the MBA-MSN-L dual degree program emphasizes the importance of leadership and motivation within both the business and healthcare worlds. Students will model professional leadership behaviors to motivate and inspire employees within their chosen career paths.

What Can You Do with an MBA-MSN-L Dual Degree?

This dual degree prepares students for executive positions in healthcare that combine advanced business strategies and healthcare.

Potential careers include:

  • Chief nursing officer
  • Head of patient services
  • Chief executive officer of healthcare-related organizations.
  • Other positions integrating appropriate state, federal and global health policies into the design of equitable healthcare
  • Working for or starting a healthcare company

Overall, by acquiring the necessary skill set, graduates can help make healthcare more accessible and recommend measures for improving safety. Professionals become advocates who strive to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare for varied populations.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Program Credits: 74
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
PROGRAM TUITION RATE:

Online: $590 per credit [More Info]

Course List

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Major:
74 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
74 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course examines nursing theory and the role of ethics for advanced registered nurses within the Christian worldview and through a leadership perspective focused on improving health care outcomes. Students explore the moral/ethical responsibilities and legal and regulatory obligations of advanced registered nurses in health promotion and disease prevention. Students also review evidence-based practice (EBP) literature and the research process with application to their program of study and learn to navigate scholarly EBP literature, resources, and guidelines.

Course Description

This course examines the role of leadership, organizational science, policy, and informatics in supporting safe, high quality, cost-effective patient care within interprofessional, dynamic health care environments. Students explore various organizational relationships within health care systems and prepare to participate in the design of cost-effective, innovative models of care delivery and practice change proposals. Professional leadership theories and how they shape the nurse leader in such things as collaboration, conflict resolution, decision making, and negotiation are introduced. Students discuss change management theories and evaluate the ethical, social, legal, economic, and political implications of practice change and health care informatics along with strategies for managing human, fiscal, and health care resources in a variety of organizational systems. Students also examine the uses of patient care, information system, and communication technologies and discuss the design, implementation, and evaluation of electronic health record systems and clinical decision support systems.

Course Description

In this course, students examine the process of scientific inquiry, knowledge generation, utilization, and dissemination of evidence into advanced nursing practice in order to propose quality improvement initiatives that advance the delivery of safe, high-quality care for patient populations. Students critically evaluate evidence, including scientific findings from the biopsychosocial fields, epidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, and genomics, and apply levels of evidence and theoretical frameworks to design culturally appropriate clinical prevention interventions and population-based care that reduce risks, prevent disease, and promote health and well-being. Students also consider strategies to evaluate health policy and advocacy issues, the state of health care delivery, patient-centered care, and ethical principles related to health beliefs, health promotion, and risk reduction for diverse populations. Students apply these strategies to work towards recognizing gaps in nursing and health care knowledge, identifying potential solutions or innovations for those gaps, planning and implementing practice changes, and evaluating the outcomes in order to improve practice. Prerequisite: NUR-513.

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for students to complete their evidence-based practice (EBP) project proposal addressing a problem, issue, or concern in their specialty area of professional practice. Students previously identified a problem amenable to a research-based intervention and searched the literature. In this course, students propose a solution, explore implementation considerations and various evaluation methodologies, complete the project proposal by developing a plan to implement the solution into the intended practice area, and design an evaluation plan that assesses the EBP project proposal’s intended outcome(s). Prerequisite: NUR-550.

Course Description

This course is an exploration of the behavioral forces and relationships that influence organizational effectiveness and change. Topics include the study of intervention strategy and application skills.

Course Description

In this course, students study principles of health care financial management and the role of fiscal responsibility within health care organizations. Along with an overview of operational budgets, students delve into the key aspects of the economic drivers and financial requirements impacting organizations, including the financial demands and implications of specific health care delivery models, efficient staffing models, and the management of operational expenses. Students examine the challenges of aligning key financial performance indicators with safety and quality measures as required in the evolving health care industry.

Course Description

This course examines models of performance and quality improvement in health care. Students differentiate measures of quality and learn to apply industry standard tools and process improvement methodology to enhance safety and positively impact patient outcomes and financial performance.

Course Description

The effective strategic management of human capital is the differentiator of every successful organization. This course examines talent management, workforce diversity, succession planning, employee development and motivation, and performance matrix. This course addresses human resource competencies identified by the Society of HR Management (SHRM). Using the strong strategic HR acumen provided by this course, students will be well-prepared for positions as senior human resources specialists or as general managers. Also LDR-635.

Course Description

This course provides students the opportunity to integrate what they have learned in the program in a practicum experience related to nursing leadership. Students are expected to integrate nursing knowledge and advanced critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in the development of a comprehensive project grounded in contemporary nursing leadership theory and practice. Students develop projects based on their interests and practicum placement that can incorporate a range of leadership issues, such as quality and performance improvement, mentorship and coaching, interdisciplinary relationships and collaboration, and staff development. Practicum/field experience hours: 150. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous coursework in the program.

Course Description

This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and for students who have not had accounting in undergraduate work. Topics covered include the principles and practices of financial accounting and the fundamentals of managerial accounting, such as cost behavior and budgeting. The course covers accounting theories using computational examples, and homework is problem solving.

Course Description

This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and is designed for students who have not had finance in undergraduate work. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, asset evaluation, capital structure, and working capital management.

Course Description

This courses introduces microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts that are relevant to contemporary business. Emphasis is placed on using economic data for business decision making.

Course Description

This course is a study in the quantitative tools and techniques used to model business functions and applications. Emphasis is placed on how to set up models, and how to interpret and apply their results. Prerequisite: SYM-506.

Course Description

Management of the marketing function, market environmental analysis, and marketing planning, strategy, and control are fundamentals of marketing management. The course examines the marketing process, marketing research, product development innovation and diffusion, pricing strategy, distribution value drain, advertising and promotion, and strategic marketing issues. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and current academic research with a marketing plan as a significant curriculum component.

Course Description

This course covers managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, including the study of cost behavior, cost systems, budgeting, and performance evaluation. Coursework includes case studies, group projects, and class discussion. Prerequisite: ACC-502.

Course Description

Operations Management examines managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Emphasis is placed on methods to streamline and drive inefficiencies out of a firm’s internal processes to build a highly efficient organization. The course also focuses on external processes by examining ways to achieve greater supply chain integration with suppliers and customers. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: SYM-506.

Course Description

This course discusses elements of business financial decisions, including financial forecasting and development of proformas, management of working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and raising funds in capital markets. Prerequisite: FIN-504.

Course Description

This course examines the definition, formulation, and execution of strategy within organizations. There is specific emphasis on the role of innovation and leadership in strategic management and an organization’s ability to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Prerequisites: MGT-605, MKT-607, ACC-650, and FIN-650.

Program Locations


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Program Domains

Online and Evening program disclosures (3.167 years)

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