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Nursing Administration

Our 100% online, dual-degree Nursing Administration MSN/MBA program prepares you for a direct role in impacting the delivery of health care for specific populations. Social, ethical, and political actions are emphasized to initiate and affect change regarding the development of healthcare policy. Our MBA program is AACSB accredited — the gold standard for MBA programs. It's the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs.

Degrees & Offerings
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Location
  • Online
Department
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Program Contact
Associate Professor, Director, MSN/MBA Program Director, MSN Informatics Program
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Program Details

Our MSN Nursing Administration and MSN/MBA programs prepare nurses to assume a leadership role in nursing administration and for a direct role in impacting the delivery of health care for specific populations. Students engage in responsible decision-making, innovative problem solving, and the development of leadership styles designed to be effective in managing an organization.

  • Program Delivery – Offered 100% online.
  • Flexible Start Dates Applications are accepted for the spring, summer, and fall semesters.
  • 2 Program Options – MSN Nursing Administration and MSN/MBA. Offered in full-time and part-time options.
  • Coursework – MSN Nursing Administration includes 10 courses (36 credits) and the MSN/MBA includes 15 courses (54 credits).
  • Continue Your Climb – Ability to move from BSN to MSN immediately.
  • Accreditation MSN/MBA is dually accredited by the CCNE & AACSB.

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Courses and Curriculum

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

Our Master of Science in Nurse Administration program is designed to prepare nurses to assume a leadership role in nursing administration. Through the development of competence in the multifaceted role as a nurse administrator, students engage in responsible decision-making, innovative problem solving, and the development of leadership styles designed to be effective in managing an organization. The program emphasizes the acquisition of essential management skills, including:

  • Organizational assessment
  • Budgeting and accounting
  • Principles of management
  • Information systems
  • Ethical behavior in organizations

I. Core Courses (9 credits)

  • Nursing 501 Theoretical Basis for Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • Nursing 502 Epidemiology: Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • Nursing 503 Bases of Research for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)

II. Clinical Sequence (12 credits)

  • Nursing 513 Management and Organizational Behavior in Nursing Administration (6 cr)
  • Nursing 533 Organizational Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Delivery Systems (6 cr)

III. Business Courses (15 cr)

  • MGMT 584 Operations and Supply Management (3 cr)
  • ACCT 511 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 cr)
  • INFT 520 Business Intelligence and Analytics (3 cr)
  • MKTG 510 Marketing Foundations for the Digital Age (3 cr)
  • INFT 572 Strategic Information & Technology Management (3 cr)

MSN in Nursing Administration Courses (PDF)

MSN in Nursing Administration Course sequence (PDF)

The MSN in Nursing Administration has an MBA option for a dual degree. Upon graduation an MBA is earned. Our MBA program is  AACSB accredited— the gold standard for MBA programs. It's the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs.

I. Core Courses (9 credits)

  • Nursing 501 Theoretical Basis for Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • Nursing 502 Epidemiology: Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • Nursing 503 Bases of Research for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)

II. Clinical Sequence (12 credits - serves as elective credits for the MBA)

  • Nursing 513 Management and Organizational Behavior in Nursing Administration (6 cr)
  • Nursing 533 Organizational Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Delivery Systems (6 cr)

III. Business Courses (15 cr)

  • MGMT 584 Operations and Supply Management (3 cr)
  • ACCT 511 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 cr)
  • INFT 520 Business Intelligence and Analytics (3 cr)
  • MKTG 510 Marketing Foundations for the Digital Age (3 cr)
  • INFT 572 Strategic Information & Technology Management (3 cr)

MBA Portion of the MBA/MSN Program (18 cr)

  • MGMT 515 Principled Leadership, Ethics, and Professional Development (3cr)
  • MGMT 593 Strategic Management (3 cr)
  • LAW 550 Law, Ethics, and Public Policy (3 cr)
  • INFT 568 Healthcare Informatics (3 cr)
  • MGMT 582 Global Business Management (3 cr)
  • MGMT 581 Principled Leadership, Ethics, and Professional Development (3 cr)

MSN in Nursing Administration/MBA Program Courses (PDF)

MSN in Nursing Administration Course sequence (PDF)

Completed application packets consist of the following information (all application materials should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 161 Arts & Administration Building, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or electronically to gradadmissions@bloomu.edu).

  • Graduate school application and fee.
  • A license to practice professional nursing in your current state of residence.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
  • Resume which includes description of professional nursing and clinical experience.
  • Typed career goals.
  • One completed recommendation form and 2 additional names with contact information.
  • Q: Do I need professional experience in order to be admitted?
    A: No- You can apply for admission as soon as you complete your BSN program.
  • Q: Are the MSN Nursing Administration and MSN-MBA separate programs?
    A: Yes! The MSN Nursing Administration is both delivered as a stand-alone degree and as a dual degree with the MBA program.
  • Q: How is the program delivered?
    A: Courses are offered 100% online and are available in both part-time and full-time formats.
  • Q: When can I start?
    A: Applications are accepted for the spring, summer, and fall semesters.
  • Q: Do I need to take the GRE in order to apply?
    A: No- the GRE is not required for admission.

The students apply knowledge of organizational and systems leadership, and management and consultation theories, as they assume leadership and managerial roles to assist clients to meet their health care needs. Students evaluate the impact of organizational structure and function on the healthcare delivery system and subsequently use technological systems and a variety of strategies to enhance positive change processes and effectiveness in the delivery of healthcare and the attainment of client goals within their practice setting.

Students collaborate with clients, support systems, and other health care professionals to influence the healthcare environment in managing and coordinating care for clients. Students develop an understanding of, and familiarity with, healthcare financing and economics. As advanced practitioners, students also assume an active role in evaluating social and healthcare policies in their area of specialization.

The Commonwealth Difference

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The master's degree program in nursing at Commonwealth University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
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Top Rated Program
Our nursing program is ranked 6 of 76 schools in Pennsylvania, according to RNCareers.org. In addition, we’re ranked 67 in the Mid-Atlantic region by NursingSchoolAlmanac.com.
 AACSB-accredited schools have the highest quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities not found at other schools.
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Many top, global corporations only recruit from AACSB-accredited schools. Those grads are offered better, more competitive salaries.

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MSN Nursing Administration student

Bloomsburg offered not only the opportunity to obtain an MSN with a focus in administration, but the ability to earn an MBA as well. This dual-Master's degree is something I had not seen very often, but something I definitely valued when making my decision.

Eileen Schulok
MSN-MBA Program
MSN Nursing Administration student
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Program Faculty

Lori

Lori Metzger

  • Associate Professor, Director, MSN/MBA Program Director, MSN Informatics Program
  • Bloomsburg
Ronda

Ronda Mariani

  • MBA Program Director/Associate Professor of Marketing and Professional Sales
  • Bloomsburg
Professor Jennifer Sheaffer

Jennifer Sheaffer

  • Chair of Graduate Nursing, Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs
  • Bloomsburg

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