Experienced nurses who have previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and are looking to move their career in a new direction can benefit greatly from earning both a Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems and a Master of Business Administration. When paired together, these two graduate programs offer 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 and MSN-L Degrees at GCU?
GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers students industry-level nursing education. The MSN and MBA degrees allow students to combine their nursing education with necessary business skills. As well, earning your MSN and MBA degrees online are convenient and fit into all lifestyles with both traditional and evening cohort classes available.
The master’s degree in nursing and Post-graduate APRN certificate program at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org/).
Additionally, students who complete their MSN-L degree before entering the MBA program can graduate faster by bypassing two classes:
- MGT-605: Leadership and Organizations
- SYM-506: Applied Business Probability and Statistics
Be a Leader – Combine Business Strategy and Healthcare
GCU’s MBA degree addresses course topics such as leadership and management, accounting, economics, operations management, and business ethics. Graduates are able to apply these theories and skills into nursing specifically through coursework in the MSN-L program.
The MSN-L program allows students to:
- Examine healthcare policy while incorporating current business theories
- 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 performance improvement or mentorship and coaching to interdisciplinary relationships and staff development.
Coursework in the MSN and MBA degree programs emphasizes the importance of leadership and motivation within both the business and healthcare worlds. Students graduate being able to model professional leadership behaviors to motivate and inspire employees within their chosen career paths.
What Can You Do with Both an MBA and MSN-L Degree?
These degrees prepare 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.