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2013-2014 Catalog

School of Nursing

Degree Requirements for the MSN/MBA (Master of Science in Nursing/Business Administration) Dual Degree Program

School of Arts & Sciences | School of Business Administration | School of Education & Human Development | School of Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration dual degree program prepares professional nurses for leadership roles in nursing administration, providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully manage healthcare organizations in a dynamic environment. Graduate study in nursing requires the acquisition and systematic application of knowledge and skills in nursing practice, evidence based practice, and nursing role. Advance critical thinking skills in nursing are enhanced through the study of theory and research. Graduate study in business offers an integrated curriculum that blends theoretical concepts with practical applications.

Program Objectives:

  • Assume advanced leadership roles in a variety of health care settings, applying leadership roles in a variety of health care settings, applying leadership skills to work effectively with individuals and teams in organizational situations.
  • Exemplify ethical, legal, and professional standards for advanced nursing practice.
  • Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing and related disciplines in the role of administrator
  • Analyze business operations and processes.
  • Analyze changes in the organization’s environment to develop strategies that respond to emerging opportunities and threats.
  • Apply cross-functional approaches to organizational issues.
  • Participate in research and other scholarly activities to expand nursing knowledge.
  • Work effectively in interdisciplinary relationships or partners to promote, maintain and restore the health of clients; improve health care delivery systems; and shape heath policy.

The following courses are required for attaining the Master of Science in Nursing Degree.


  • NURS 6301 Nursing Research and Advanced Inquiry
  • NURS 6306 Professional Role, Policy and Ethics
  • NURS 6307 Nursing Theory
  • NURS 6351 Evidence-Based Practice Project
  • NURS 6309 Advanced Leadership and Management
  • NURS 6316 Healthcare Organizational Behavior (Cross-listed as MGT 6351)
  • NURS 6317 Human Resource Management in Healthcare (Cross-listed as MGT 6374)
  • NURS 6318 Healthcare Delivery Systems and Organization
  • NURS 6320 Healthcare Informatics
  • NURS 6321 Leadership Practicum
  • ACCT 6351 Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • BUSI 6351 Business and Society
  • ECON 6351 Economics for Managers
  • FINC 6352* Financial Management
  • MGMT 6355* Operations Management: Creating Competitive Advantages
  • MGMT 6359 Seminar in Strategic Management
  • MKTG 6352 Strategic Marketing Management

* MSN/MBA students must complete NURS 6301 prior to enrolling in FINC 6352 or MGMT 6355. Enrollment in all other course work listed requires fulfillment of published prerequisites.


  • ACCT 6352 Strategic Cost Management
  • ECON 6361 Managerial Economics
  • MGMT 6353 Management of Diversity
  • MGMT 6375 Seminar in Employment Law
  • MKTG 6374 Seminar in Services Marketing

MSN/MBA students are expected to:

1. Be familiar with the mission of this program and to comply with the expectations outlined in this catalog, new 
    student orientation, and student handbook.
2. Maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior as outlined in course syllabi and student 
3. Ensure that degree plan requirements are understood and contact advisor promptly to resolve any questions 
    regarding enrollment.
4. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout the program.
5. Ensure contact information such as address and e-mail address is kept current in student myUHV self- service 
6. Comply with registration deadlines, financial aid deadlines, and tuition and fees deadlines.
7. Apply for graduation by the published deadline for the semester in which student will complete degree 
8. Visit the School of Nursing web page (www.uhv.edu/nursing) regularly for important updates and to obtain 
    information on course textbooks.

Requirements for Graduate Admission

Applicants to this program will be required to meet admissions standards sufficient to establish their likelihood of success in both graduate nursing and graduate business courses. Admission requirements include:

Applicants to this program will be required to meet admissions standards sufficient to establish their likelihood of success in both graduate nursing and graduate business courses. International students must have a minimum score of 89 on the TOEFL. Admission requirements include:

1. Apply for graduate admission through NursingCAS. (http://nursingcas.org/index.php)

2. Completion of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an institution accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations as described in the ADMISSIONS section of the university catalog.

3. Evidence of current, unencumbered, valid licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas.

4. Official transcripts from each institution attended reflecting a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 point scale on coursework completed, and the baccalaureate (or higher) degree conferred, sent directly from each institution to NursingCAS. The GPA from the students BSN degree is considered for admission to the MSN/MBA dual degree program.

Mail Documents to:

P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

5. Applicants to the MSN program must provide a one page writing sample. The personal statement should include information about the applicant’s education and experience as a professional nurse to date, reason for interest in graduate education, career goals for the next five (5) years, reason for choosing UHV for graduate education and what contributions the applicant plans to make to the mission of UHV School of Nursing and to advanced nursing practice

6. An interview will be required as part of the admission process. The interview process will be made available once the NursingCAS application is submitted with payment.

7. Official score(s) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Admission criteria include a combined minimum score of 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a minimum score of 3.0 on the written section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken prior to August 2011. A score of 153 on the Verbal section and a score of 144 on the Quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken after August 2011. Or, Official score(s) from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 450 or higher (verbal and quantitative sections combined), and an Analytic Writing score of 4 or above. Scores may not be more than 5 years old.

8. Official score(s) of the Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT). A score of 18 or greater is required. Scores may not be more than 5 years old.

9. Two letters of recommendation: one from a university faculty and one from an employer. (Click here to download the form). The forms will need to be uploaded into the NursingCAS application. NursingCAS will allow up to 5 documents to be uploaded into the application.

10. Qualified applicants to the MSN/MBA Dual Degree program must satisfy School of Nursing Clinical Readiness Requirements as defined below:

        a. Screening of immunization is required by the Texas Department of Health Texas Administration Code 
            Title 25 Part 1 Chapter 97 Subchapter B Rules 97.61-.97.72. 
            http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/forms/6-103.pdf. Failure to adhere to the guideline is a violation to 
            the Texas Administrative Code Title 25 Part 1 Chapter 97 Subchapter B Rules 97.61-.97.72. 
        b. If additional vaccines during vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks such as the flu vaccine are instituted 
            by the individual practicum sites or by the State of Texas, students will be required to comply. 
        c. All School of Nursing (SON) applicants will be required to submit evidence of compliance with each 
            of the UHV SON Clinical Requirements
as listed in this policy prior to the program application 
            deadline in order to be considered for admission. The SON will not receive original documents. 
        d. In addition, all students will be responsible for original documents and maintaining compliance with the 
            UHV SON Clinical Requirements throughout the program. In the event that a student does not meet the 
            requirements at any time during the program, a course registration hold will be implemented until the 
            requirement is met. 
        e. Students will receive directions regarding accessing the secure data collection agency process via the 
            SON website as well as via written communications related to program inquiries, advisement, and 

Transfer of Graduate Credit
Credit may be transferred only for graduate credit courses completed with a grade of A or B. The transfer student must complete 75% of the coursework required for a degree program at UHV unless transferring from a UH System institution. In the latter case, the student must complete 50% at UHV. It is the student's responsibility to provide course description and course syllabi for consideration.

Approval of transfer credit toward the MSN/MBA degree is by the appropriate academic advisor of the student's plan and school dean of the student's plan.