MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program

Courses

MSN Courses

Presents the study and application of theory as the foundational guide to scholarly nursing practice, while introducing the nesting relationships between theory, research and practice. A wide range of theories (nursing as well as others) are presented to encourage the development of a comprehensive and holistic Christian approach to health care. The nature of nursing’s unique scientific body of knowledge will be emphasized.

Emphasizes the necessity of research as the basis of scholarly nursing inquiry which produces evidence-based practice. Compares qualitative and quantitative research methodology from the perspectives of purpose, design, method and analysis, focusing on quantitative design. Discusses informed consent and ethical issues related to research. Prepares students to evaluate research design, scientific merit, findings, and potential application to practice. Since an expectation of scholarship is to disseminate knowledge, the student will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the evaluation of research findings for the development of evidence-based practice.

Prepares graduates with the knowledge necessary to assume leadership roles in the management of human, fiscal, and physical health care resources. The organization of health care delivery systems and the resulting impacts are evaluated from historical, political, ethical, and economic viewpoints. Healthcare reimbursement and potential changes in payment structures are explored. The procedures and processes for policy development at the national through facility level are analyzed. The students are challenged to explore their personal value systems and to analyze how these values shape their professional practices.

Identifies and explores the influence of biologic, environmental and societal factors on health and wellness of individuals, families and communities. Emphasizes the study of personal and community-based interventions and strategies to influence the goal of health promotion and disease prevention. Considers the use of theory, research, resources, social policies and regulatory requirements as avenues to promote health from a personal, community and global perspective. Included in this course is the role of spirituality as a component of health promotion and holistic nursing practice. Students are introduced to practical applications and tools for spiritual formation, while exploring the idea of professional nursing as ministry through vocation. The student is encouraged to appreciate a multi-faceted workforce in health care organization and delivery to stimulate positive societal and global outcomes. Related issues associated with the rapidly expanding aging population, human diversity, cultural sensitivity and global awareness are also included.

Integrates the knowledge, skills and expertise gained throughout the MSN course of study in a cumulative research project that examines evidence-based practice in the student's area of MSN specialization, documents how the best practice could be actualized in the practice setting and how its implementation and results would be measured and analyzed. Provides students with the opportunity to evaluate this evidence-based practice to gain a broader worldview and vision within the area of specialization.
This course is taken in during the last semester of the MSN program and is a prerequisite for NURS 6983.

Integrates the knowledge, skills and specialty expertise gained throughout the MSN course of study to culminate in the practice experience designed to further advance the graduate's role and skill set. The faculty and preceptor provide support and guidance to help plan and implement learning experiences, to gain a broader worldview within the specialty study area. Emphasis is on the implementation of evidence-based practice, effective communication and the demonstration of the skills necessary to enter the specialty arena. Students negotiate a project to be completed during the practice experience. This course is completed during the student's final module of MSN matriculation.

Provides an overview of healthcare informatics and its current use by both public and private healthcare agencies. Teaches students to navigate and enter data into complex healthcare databases using the principles of database management including the ability to conduct population studies through the use of databases. Explores the interpretation and evaluation of quality indicators within databases to maximize reimbursement in a variety of settings.

Analyzes leadership roles in relation to decision-making with particular emphases on human resource management. Evidence-based staffing models are developed for the purpose of projecting and accurately documenting human resource requirements. Interviewing, hiring, orientation, and competency rubrics are examined and developed while the guidelines and statutes governing these human resource issues are explored. Conceptual aspects of control, problem solving/decision-making, effective communication, conflict resolution, progressive disciplinary action, delegation, and team building are applied to a variety of situational contexts.

Integrates the concepts of outcomes management and research as the basis to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care organizations. Program evaluation, performance improvement, and other methods of measuring outcomes are examined for their utility within the health care setting. Systematic approaches for analyzing and evaluating processes of care delivery and their impact on client populations, organizational processes, and communities are considered. National quality data bases and national benchmarking is explored. Accreditation and/or regulatory requirements will be presented. Through readings, projects, and various interactions students develop an informed basis for leading quality improvement efforts in various healthcare settings.

Examines laws associated with healthcare facility operations in the 21st century including those that directly impact governing boards, physicians, directors/administrators, investors, and the public. Methods to assure compliance with corporate auditing accountability regulations, financial disclosures, investor protection statutes, anti-kickback laws, healthcare provider self-referral, and governing board legal responsibilities are explored. Investigates Omnibus Reconciliation Acts; their content and stipulations affecting the provision of healthcare.

MBA Courses

This course will focus upon the factors that make graduate adult students successful when attempting to balance the time commitments and demands of work, family, church, and community obligations with weekly MBA course requirements. Students will master Moodle proficiencies in order to effectively navigate the learning management system and other MNU technologies. Students will also have a hands-on experience with various online library research tools and resources that they will need when completing projects and papers for course requirements. A portion of this course will also be devoted to building the cohort community as students will spend the next 24 months together on their MBA learning journey.

This course will examine ethical theories as they relate to various contemporary issues in business. Conceptual models for improving the clarity and consistency of ethical judgment in business settings will be addressed. Special consideration will be given to the application of Christian ethical principles to decision making.

This course focuses on the concept of leadership in organizations. Students will understand the complexity of the structural, political, symbolic and human resource issues in applying a framework for analyzing leadership in organizations. Emphasis is placed on building skills for modeling an authentic voice for leadership through the use of effective presentation skills.

This course provides an application of economic theory to problems of the organization. Applicable macroeconomics and microeconomics topics are explored. Emphasis is on the use of economic information in decision making.

This course surveys the role of the manager in the changing business environment. The evolution of management theory is reviewed and discussed in the context of current management thought. Emphasis is placed on understanding the various approaches to management and their relationship to current topics in business management.

Examine the issues involved in organizing and operating start-up businesses and new ventures as well as the role of marketing in today's organizations. Attention is given to the ethical, social, and economic problems faced by entrepreneurs and marketing managers.

This course approaches accounting as the language of business and explores the information that is communicated in financial statements and other accounting reports. Both financial and managerial accounting concepts will be investigated. Emphasis is placed on the usefulness of accounting data for decision making.

This course provides the manager with the ability to work effectively with accountants and financial managers through an understanding of the basics of financial management. Topics include cash flow analysis, capital budgeting, long-term financing, and working capital management.

This course examines the structural and environmental forces influencing the management process within organizations. Issues presented include: resistance to change, the role of change agents, intervention strategies and team development

This capstone course focuses on the strategic decisions and planning processes that shape the future of the organization. Students will utilize techniques for defining the basic purpose and objectives of an enterprise, for analyzing competitors and industries, and for matching organizational strengths with environmental opportunities. Various perspectives to strategic thinking are explored and applications such as vision and mission are examined at both the organizational and personal levels.

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