Forge Your Path to a Career in Nursing Leadership with an MSN – MBA Degree
The healthcare field is evolving. Advanced practice nurses must possess the business knowledge needed to lead in organizational and academic settings. Carlow’s MSN – MBA program offers the well-rounded knowledge needed to advance in today’s healthcare field.
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Prepare to Lead in the Field of Healthcare with Two Master’s Degrees
Carlow University’s dual Master of Science in Nursing in Education and Leadership and Master of Business Administration (MSN – MBA) program uniquely provides the advanced nursing management skills, administrative expertise and business acumen you need to create organizational change while effectively advocating for your patients and colleagues.
Carlow University’s dual MSN – MBA program is designed for working nurses who want to advance their careers in administrative and management roles that require advanced nursing leadership training and business skills.
When you join the Carlow community you’ll experience a supportive, learner-centered environment where faculty are highly invested in students’ well-being and academic success.
Requiring 22 courses consisting of 60 credits, the dual program provides you with two nursing concentrations in education and leadership as well as the added value of core MBA courses.
Coursework includes scholarly writing, decision-making, health policy and curriculum review and design.Explore Curriculum
- Manage effectively, understanding finance and employment law
- Understand the importance of analytics and decision-making methodology
- Incorporate primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention efforts in the care of individuals, families and communities
- Demonstrate leadership and interdisciplinary skills in advocating for individuals, families and communities to influence healthcare policy
- Collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary team with organizations, populations and professional communities
- Evaluate and modify approaches to healthcare delivery using principles of continuous quality improvement
- Assimilate ethical, legal and practice standards from professional organizations into the practice setting to enable preparation for certification in a variety of advanced roles
- Synthesize nursing, medical and other relevant knowledge to engage in evidence-based practice
- Recommend practice changes based on the integration of the evidence with clinical expertise, patient preferences and available healthcare resources
- Demonstrate leadership abilities in practice and actively assist others in professional growth
- Analyze healthcare delivery and finance systems in order to design and implement cost containment and care coordinator strategies
- Employ technology and information systems in the transformation of healthcare delivery
- Develop a foundation for lifelong learning and doctoral studies
A firm understanding of business coupled with well-rounded nursing administration expertise allows you to be effective in diverse advanced practice nursing roles.
Employment of advanced practice nurses is expected to grow 45 percent between 2019 and 2029, resulting in 117,700 new jobs.1 Master’s degrees are preferred for most roles, and an education in business further prepares you to advocate for the profession and make ethical, effective managerial and financial decisions.Explore Careers
To apply for the MSN – MBA dual degree program, you’ll need:
- A completed online application.
- A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
- A personal essay describing academic objectives.
- A current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).
- Two letters of recommendation.
- An interview with an admissions committee member.
- At least two years of work experience (preferred).
- Applicants applying to Carlow’s online programs leading to licensure must be aware of their home state’s various professional license requirements. Please see the program admissions page for more details.
The MSN – MBA dual degree program at Carlow University consists of 60 credit hours and costs $902 per credit hour.
Carlow is committed to making your education affordable. Our team is here to provide any help you need as you pursue your master’s degrees in our program.View Tuition Details
Our responsive faculty and supportive community care deeply for students and work hard to help you meet your goals. With the help of a dedicated program-level faculty adviser, you’ll prepare to obtain a leadership position in business.Meet Our Faculty
When you join the Carlow family, you get an experienced and compassionate team dedicated to your personal and professional growth. Online learning at Carlow offers the flexibility you need while connecting you to a vibrant, close-knit and supportive community of instructors and learners.Discover Carlow Online
We understand that pursuing higher education is an investment. Carlow’s staff is always available to answer questions and connect you to resources for loans, grants, scholarships and employer benefits.Find Out More
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Yes. Our programs are CCNE accredited and IACBE accredited.
To apply for the program, submit your application and transcripts, along with any other required information. Find out more about the application process.
Gaining the competencies in nursing education and leadership combined with a firm business foundation sets you up to be a leader in various capacities. Some students pursue roles as nursing administrators or directors of nursing as well as many other high-level positions. Learn more about your career options.