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MSN - Nursing Administration Post MBA

“There are not many universities in the country that offer this type of a degree, so we feel like we’re kind of on the cutting edge.”

- Debbie Drake

 

Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing prepares the student to serve in a variety of settings, from the most prestigious hospitals to the vital needs of the mission field. The curricula ascribes to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s, The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the competencies prescribed by the respective professional specialty organizations. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for certification by the appropriate specialty credentialing body.

MSN Post MBA - online: For the student who has completed an MBA degree this program provides an accelerated opportunity to complete the MSN. The Nursing Administration major is designed to develop sound fiscal and personnel managers who are effective stewards of health care resources. It includes an onsite practicum component as well as courses in organizational behavior, finance and role development. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles within a variety of health care settings.

MSN Learning Outcomes

  • Employ authentic transformational servant leadership to influence positive change across the health care spectrum.
  • Utilize critical inquiry to advance the discipline and profession of nursing.
  • Lead innovative health care solutions for diverse populations.
  • Advocate a Christ-like perspective in professional relationships and practice.
  • Design operational and strategic plans for health care systems based on sound finance, accounting, and economic principles.

Practicum

Practice is an essential component of the graduate nursing program. Practicum courses offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • The MSN Post-MBA program requires 140 hours of supervised onsite practicum. Student must receive permission from the practicum agency prior to start of practicum hours.
  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where practicum requirements are completed
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program

NOTE: Students must meet all practicum agency requirements.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456.  Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

The master's degree programs in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
27 Total $587 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our Financial Aid Web site, or e-mail IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

Financial aid is not available for unclassified students.

Courses

Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

 

GNUR-501,NRA-513,GNUR-510,GNUR-530,NRA-675,MOL-520,NRA-672,NRA-673,NRA-678,NRA-693,GNUR-525

*GNUR-525 is only required if a comparable course was not taken in the MBA. If it was taken, then another nursing elective (non-practicum) may be substituted.

 

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the MS in Nursing - Post MBA program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the USDoE and CHEA and national nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA). -OR- Registered Nurses (RNs) who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also apply by meeting the following additional criteria:
    • A minimum of 10 years experience in nursing practice.
    • Submit a portfolio with evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. There will be a $200 (non-refundable) portfolio review fee.
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution at which a minimum of 30 credit hours was completed -OR- graduate-level grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from accredited program where at least 9 credits were completed. GPA for conditional admission:

    GPA for conditional admission: Applicants who do not meet the GPA listed in the criteria for regular admission and have at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA may be conditionally admitted and allowed to take 9-credit hours of masters nursing courses to establish a graduate GPA.

    • Students who have earned a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9-credit hours in master nursing courses, will meet the criteria for regular admission

    • An unsatisfactory grade (C- or lower in any GNUR course) while conditionally admitted will result in administrative withdrawal from the program and denial of regular admission.

    • Students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9-credit hours in master nursing courses will be denied regular admission.

  • Anyone applying to become a student at Indiana Wesleyan University must provide proof that all nursing licenses, whether current or inactive, are unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Three letters of professional reference from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate.
  • Original transcript from the undergraduate degree granting institution and institution where graduate courses have been taken, sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Applicants for the MSN, Post-MBA must submit proof of the MBA degree.
  • At least one year of professional practice. Students applying for admission to the Nursing Administration major must have at least 1,000 hours of nursing practice within the three years prior to admission.
  • A criminal history background check will be conducted on all applicants with the initial application for enrollment in the program, at the applicant’s expense.
  • Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not your primary language. A score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For undergraduate students, a score of at least 6.0 is required; for graduate students, a score of at least 6.5 is required; for doctoral students, a score of at least 7.0 is required for regular admission.

NOTE: All students may be required to undergo drug testing in order to successfully complete practicum requirements.

Unclassified Admission

Applicants who do not desire to seek a master's degree may enroll in graduate nursing courses as unclassified students. Please contact us for more information.

Graduation Requirements

  • All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.0 OR Graduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from accredited program where at least 9 credits were completed.
  • Minimum grade of “C” in each core course and “B” in each major course.
  • Satisfactory fulfillment of all practicum requirements.
  • Program must be completed within four (4) years from the date of enrollment. Fees are associated with various courses and are subject to change. Students who extend beyond the maximum time to complete the program may incur more fees.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Practicum

Practice is an essential component of the masters nursing program. Practicum courses offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • The MSN Post-MBA program requires 140 hours of supervised onsite practicum. Student must receive permission from the practicum agency prior to start of practicum hours.
  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where practicum requirements are completed.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

NOTE: Students must meet all practicum agency requirements.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the MSN Post MBA program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.

Mission and Outcomes

Masters nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University provides a Christian academic environment to prepare students to become world changers. This is accomplished by transforming students through an integrated experience of advanced intellectual challenge, evidence-based professional growth and servant leadership development.

Masters Nursing Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Employ authentic transformational servant leadership to influence positive change across the health care spectrum.
  2. Utilize critical inquiry to advance the discipline and profession of nursing.
  3. Lead innovative health care solutions for diverse populations.
  4. Advocate a Christ-like perspective in professional relationships and practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does the Graduate Nursing major take to complete?

A: The Primary Care (Family Nurse Practitioner) program is approximately 2 1/2 years. The Nursing Education and Nursing Administration majors take approximately 22 months to complete.

Q: Do I need to obtain a state nursing license?

A: Students must be licensed in the state in which the practicum experience will occur.

Q: How do I find a clinical placement site?

A: Students arrange their own clinical experiences. The Division of Graduate Nursing maintains a file of clinical sites used by students.

Q: What is the difference between a physician's assistant and a nurse practitioner?

A: Nurse practitioners bring to the practice a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of one year of nursing practice, plus the graduate degree with 700 hours of advanced practicum. Upon completion of the master's degree, nurse practitioners are eligible to practice autonomously with prescriptive authority and a collaborative agreement with a licensed physician.

Physician's assistants are prepared to assess and diagnose, but are not licensed for autonomous practice, prescriptive authority, or direct reimbursement, depending on the state in which they practice.

Q: Do I have to pass a certification exam in order to practice?

A: Advanced practice laws regulating the criteria for licensure vary from state to state. Current law in Indiana does not require certification. However, those seeking to be credentialed by Medicare and approved for third-party reimbursement on certain licensure plans will find certification a requirement. Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky currently require national certification for licensure.

Q: What is prescriptive authority?

A: In Indiana, nurse practitioners who have completed a master's program that includes advanced Pharmacology, advanced Pathophysiology, and advanced Physical Assessment are eligible to apply for a license to prescribe medications, including controlled substances. Renewal of the prescriptive authority requires thirty (30) hours of continuing education contact every two years.

Q: What if my undergraduate GPA is below 3.0?

A: Admission is granted by evaluation of undergraduate GPA, references, and writing samples. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a probationary status at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Q: Is financial aid available?

A: Numerous loans, grants, and scholarships are available. All applicants may seek more specific financial aid information through the Financial Aid Office.

Q: How much of the program is available online?

A:

  • Primary Care: The first year of classes meet online. Advanced Health Status Assessment is the only onsite course and is held in either the Greenwood Education Center or the Florence Education Center. Onsite classes meet from 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Nursing Education: This program is 100% online.
  • Nursing Administration: This program is 100% online.

Q: Currently, I am a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in another major. What do I need to do to apply for the Master of Science in Nursing degree program?

A: Students with a non-nursing major who have a minimum of 10 years of recent experience in nursing practice may also be considered for admission. These candidates must also submit a portfolio which verifies a minimum of 10 years experience in nursing practice and includes a current CV/résumé with evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on the nine Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing and an expanded goal statement reflecting how the applicant intends to make an impact in nursing with an M.S.N.

Faculty

The IWU Division of Graduate Nursing is designed to offer a Christ-centered approach to improving your craft as a nursing professional. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field; many currently maintain a clinical practice, conduct research, and contribute to scholarly literature. Faculty and students are encouraged to contribute to the nursing profession through lifelong learning and scholarly endeavors.

Learn more about our faculty by visiting the School of Nursing.