Dual Degree Options
A dual degree allows a student to earn two graduate degrees concurrently.
These online dual degrees are for the RN who holds a Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of work experience. It is designed for those who wish to earn both the MSN (administrative track) and either the MHA or the MBA for a total of 60 credits. Core content is shared so fewer credits are completed overall, but a student cannot finish either degree early.
Required Credits: 60
The MSN/MHA dual degree is designed for nurses who are, or plan to be, CEOs and facility or hospital administrators. Further, nurse managers in hospitals applying for ANCC’s Magnet status will be required to hold a MSN by 2013, but many nurse managers want the MHA to speak the language of their peers. (Tuition amounts may vary depending on course and discipline.)
Required Credits: 60
The MSN/MBA dual degree appeals to the nurses who are, or who plan to be, managers, directors of nursing, or chief nursing officers (CNO). Further, nurse managers in hospitals applying for ANCC’s Magnet status will be required to hold a MSN by 2013, but many nurse managers want the MBA to speak the language of their peers.
*Tuition amounts & course scheduling are discipline specific.
Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs. About 60 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals.
Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average and, because the occupation is very large, 581,500 new jobs will result, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The MSN (regardless of track) is now the required degree for teaching in RN preparation programs. In some states, the MSN is required for staff development roles as well.