MBA/DNP Dual Degree

Curriculum

The MBA/DNP dual degree program tracks are designed for applicants who are not APRNs and who wish to pursue advanced speciality practice at the system/organizational level. The dual degree MBA/DNP student will strengthen her/his understanding of the profession of nursing while building organizational and business skills to support a leadership role.

MISSION

The dual degree graduate program prepares nursing leaders who are dedicated to improving the health outcomes of diverse populations through advanced knowledge and skills, ethical leadership, and faithful service within their chosen roles and settings.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This dual degree program will prepare graduates who:

  • Practice in an expanded, specialized, and/or advanced nursing role.
  • Affirm the dignity of life and human diversity.
  • Advocate for quality outcomes for individuals, families, populations, and systems.
  • Facilitate the translation of research and evidence into practice.
  • Utilize technology to impact best practice.
  • Create innovative business strategies and processes on the basis of systems thinking and sustainability.
  • Ethically lead change through individual, team, organization and systemic collaboration.
  • Apply integrative and critical thinking skills to organizational decisions.
  • Communicate effectively with a high level of professionalism.

Course Lists

Post-BSN to MBA/DNP Dual Degree Program Course List:
  • HMGT 695 Foundations of Health Care Leadership (2 credits)
  • NURS 530 Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits) 
  • NURS 700 Epidemiology / Population Health (3 credits) 
  • NURS 550 Scholarly Writing Intensive (1 credit)
  • HMGT 630 Health Care System (3 credits)
  • MGMT 501 Foundations of Business (3 credits)
  • NURS 710 Ethical & Theoretical Thinking (3 credits)
  • NURS 730 Organizational Leadership & Health Care Policy (3 credits) 
  • MGMT 550 Strategic Management (3 credits)
  • HMGT 690 Health Information Management Intensive (2 credits) 
  • NURS 720 Outcome Management & Quality Improvement (3 credits)
  • MGMT 584 Management Communication (3 credits)
  • HMGT 640 Health Care Finance (3 credits)
  • HMGT 650 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
  • MGMT 525 Complex Systems Change (3 credits)
  • Electives - selected from graduate nursing, business, servant leadership, or counseling (6 credits)
  • NURS 820 Practicum (5-6 credits)
  • NURS 800 DNP Project Seminar I (2 credits)
  • NURS 801 DNP Project Seminar II (2 credits)
  • NURS 825 DNP Project (1-2 credits)
Post-MSN to MBA/DNP Dual Degree Program Course List:

Nurses with an MSN degree seeking the DNP/MBA integrated degree complete the following courses.

  • HMGT 695 Foundations of Health Care Leadership (2 credits)
  • NURS 700 Epidemiology / Population Health (3 credits)
  • NURS 550 Scholarly Writing Intensive (1 credit)
  • HMGT 630 Health Care System (3 credits)
  • MGMT 501 Foundations of Business (3 credits)
  • NURS 710 Ethical & Theoretical Thinking (3 credits)
  • NURS 730 Organizational Leadership & Health Care Policy (3 credits)
  • MGMT 550 Strategic Management (3 credits)
  • HMGT 690 Health Information Management Intensive (2 credits)
  • NURS 720 Outcome Management & Quality Improvement (3 credits)
  • MGMT 584 Management Communication (3 credits)
  • HMGT 640 Health Care Finance (3 credits)
  • HMGT 650 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
  • MGMT 525 Complex Systems Change (3 credits)
  • NURS 820 Practicum (5-6 credits)
  • NURS 800 DNP Project Seminar I (2 credits)
  • NURS 801 DNP Project Seminar II (2 credits)
  • NURS 825 DNP Project (1-2 credits)

Flexible course offerings make a number of completion timelines possible; students may complete in as little as 3 years or can choose to complete in 4 years or more.  See the Plans of Study for a sample timeline for completion.

 

 

MGMT 501 Foundations of Business (3 cr.) 

A survey of functional areas of business including marketing, accounting, finance, economics, information technology, forms of ownership, and international business. This course is required for all graduate business students who did not complete foundation business courses in their undergraduate or graduate programs.

HMGT 695 Face-to-face Intensive: Foundations of Health Care Leadership (2 cr.)

This 2.5-day face-to-face session follows a seminar format in which students explore aspects of leadership in health care through case studies, discussions, speakers, and workshops. Students practice the thinking, writing, and technology skills that will help them succeed through the academic program and in their careers.

HMGT 630 Health Care System (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of the structure of the healthcare delivery system and the providers, payors, and suppliers that comprise it. Learners will examine management and planning with the system as well as major health care policy issues.

HMGT 640 Health Care Finance (3 cr.)

This course provides exploration of financial accounting and reporting, financial analysis, managerial and cost accounting, and budgeting in health care. Students will be able to apply financial techniques to the analysis of the health care environment, to improving value in health care services and to organizational decision making.

HMGT 690 Face to face Intensive: Health Care Topics Seminar in Health Information Management and Data Analysis (2 cr.)

A dynamic learning experience focused on topics and skills that are associated with health care leadership and decision making. Students explore health information management, data analysis, and using data to lead change.

HMGT 650 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 cr.)

This course examines legal and ethical issues affecting health care institutions and the management of risk within the organization. The content of the course will include an overview of the legal and regulatory constraints of the health care industry along with practical application of the laws that affect operational decisions within healthcare. Topics include demand, supply, redistribution and the role of government, risk management, and the ethical implications of current financial practices and economic imperatives. 

MGMT 584 Management Communication (3 cr.)

This course helps prospective and practicing business leaders assess and develop their communication skills relating to managing and leading others. Students will look at communication strategically and practically studying topics that will enhance their management and leadership skills. Communication topics such as presentation development and delivery, nonverbal communication and its relationship to effective managing and leading, conflict management, performance reviews and employee feedback, employee motivation and professional writing skill development will be addressed.

MGMT 550 Strategic Management (3 cr.)

This course equips students to develop and implement business strategies for sustainable change. Through an interdisciplinary approach and foundational knowledge of business strategy students will build a comprehensive foundation toward the implementation of strategy, sustaining strategy and organizational change in a variety of organizational settings. Particular emphasis will be on the achievement of sustainable performance through effective analysis, design, and execution.

MGMT 525 Systems Change Strategies (3 cr.)

It is important to be able to understand various philosophies related to organizational system analysis, development, and change. During this course, students will examine the critical components of successful organizational change efforts, including critical and creative thinking processes, and change theory. Students will analyze organizational case studies, evaluate causes of failure and factors of success in organizational development projects, and design optimal change interventions.