Graduates of the MSN/MBA program will:
- Demonstrate interdisciplinary expertise in nursing, business, and healthcare leadership.
- Develop a wholistic Christ-centered nursing and business philosophy related to the dynamic healthcare arena.
- Acquire a balance of nursing, administrative and business skills for service in positions of leadership and management.
- Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research.
- Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing.
Prerequisites for Admission
The Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA) is designed for students with a baccalaureate degree in nursing and ability to demonstrate competency in healthcare management. Individuals with minimal or no business/management background may be required to demonstrate basic knowledge and/or skills in these areas.
MSN/MBA Admission Requirements
- Submit completed Southern nursing graduate application and all required documents for University admission to the Graduate Studies Office.
- A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a college or university with an accredited nursing program.
- Current licensure as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. A Georgia license is strongly encouraged for nurse practitioner students. Online students must have current licensure in the state or country of practice.
- Three hours in statistics, equivalent to MATH 215.
- A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) taken within the past five years. Students will be admitted based on the following formula: GPA x 200+GMAT = 1000. An applicant with an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, and who has an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or above, or a GPA of 3.00 and five years of full-time business-related experience may be admitted without a GMAT score.
- A minimum of one year (2000 hours) of current nursing experience.
- International students must provide an official GMAT score as a prerequisite for acceptance. In addition they must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (Internet-based) with testing within the past year.
- Personal interview with both the School of Nursing and School of Business Graduate Program Coordinators.
An applicant with a combined GPA/GMAT score of less than 1000 may be admitted under scholastic provisional status. A student accepted on this basis may be admitted to regular status upon the completion of 12 credit hours taken through Southern with a minimum grade of “B” in each course. Students are not permitted to repeat courses in order to satisfy this requirement. Students who do not satisfy this requirement will not be permitted to continue in the program.
The above provision does not apply to students accepted provisionally for other reasons.
Admission to the Dual-degree Program
Full-time or part-time students may be admitted to the MBA program during the fall, winter, or summer semesters and the MSN courses for the fall or winter semesters. Fall applications must be made by May 1 and winter applications by October 1. Students may choose to take the MSN core courses and MBA courses at the same time or complete one program of study prior to entering the other.
The programs are structured to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. Normal progression through the dual-degree program for the full-time student requires registration for a minimum of 9 to 12 hours per semester. Normal progression for the part-time student requires registration for a minimum of one course per semester (5 hours if receiving financial aid). Time permitted from enrollment in the dual-degree program to conferring of the MSN/MBA degrees may not exceed six years. Application for an extension will be considered on an individual basis.
A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all students upon enrollment. Background checks are paid for and completed by the student online. Drug screens are facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and a drug testing service. Additional screening may be done at random. Progression may be adversely affected by negative background or drug screen reports.
Students are required to maintain current professional RN license, current immunizations, TB screening and healthcare provider CPR certification for program progression. Students who fail to maintain a currency in these areas will be dropped from Eclass and may be dismissed from the program.
Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, unsatisfactory or low course grades and GPA. Students noted to have difficulties in any of these areas are subject to advisement and consideration regarding program progression. In general the following rules apply to progression:
- No more than one C or C+ grade is allowed during the MSN program.
- A grade of C- or below must be repeated.
- Only one course may be repeated in the MSN program.
Students benefit from additional clinical experience. At the recommendation of the faculty advisor or program administrator, a student may be required to register for NRSG 500 Individual Study and Clinical Practice, for the purposes of balancing and enriching their academic or clinical program and experience.
The last 30 semester hours must be taken through the Southern Adventist University School of Nursing and/or the School of Business. Seventy-five percent of MSN/MBA program requirements must be completed at Southern Adventist University. Transfer courses must be taken at an accredited institution, carry grades of B or better, and be approved by the School.
MSN/MBA Graduation Requirements
- Completed application to graduate, to be filed with the Records and Advisement office a minimum of two months prior to expected graduation date.
- Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade of C- or below will not be counted for credit toward the master’s degree.