Loyola’s online MSN/MBA consists of 67 credit hours, which includes:

  • 36 MSN credit hours, taken in the Healthcare Systems Administration & Leadership track, as well as 180 practicum hours
  • 31 hours of MBA courses
  • 180 practicum hours

You can also download the degree program course listing (DPCL) to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format.

MSN Core Courses (36 credits)

Students in the MSN/MBA dual degree program will take courses in the MSN – Healthcare Systems Administration & Leadership track.

NURS 703: Theories in Healthcare Systems (3 crs.)

This course provides an introduction to theories underlying the practice of nursing leadership and management in healthcare systems. The role of theory is explored related to the development of nursing knowledge and nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on developing skills to critically examine theories of leadership and healthcare management.

NURS 724: Outcomes Measurement & Data Management (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the analysis and application of theory and skills needed to assess, plan, and evaluate the care of populations within health systems. The evaluation of current outcome measures as well as the acquisition and management of outcome data will be studied. Program design is discussed as it relates to effective outcomes of care. Clinical outcomes, functional outcomes, and satisfaction indicators will be emphasized.

NURS 835: Advanced Research Methods (3 crs.)

This course is an in-depth study of research designs and methods related to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The focus is on the interrelationship among research, theory, and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of research to determine its application to advanced nursing effectiveness, and health outcomes will be examined.

NURS 740: Healthcare Systems (3 crs.)

This course is designed to enable the learner to understand the healthcare delivery system in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the nursing role as it relates to formulating healthcare policy and political processes that have the greatest impact on healthcare. The course focuses on the business of healthcare, including the internal and external environments, financing of healthcare, resource management and utilization, and the legislative and regulatory processes as they relate to changes in the healthcare system.

NURS 709: Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3 crs.)

This course introduces students to legal and ethical issues affecting healthcare and nursing management responsibilities in an ever-changing healthcare industry. The influence of economic and sociopolitical factors on healthcare laws will be explored from the perspective of healthcare providers. The extent to which healthcare laws attempt to order relationships between providers, payers, and consumers will be examined. There is a focus on principles and theories of ethics as they relate to healthcare delivery, as well as healthcare administration. Emphasis will be placed on ethical/legal issues encountered in professional nursing practice. This course prepares graduates to appreciate the concepts and principles of ethical legal dilemmas and their application in practice.

NURS 711: Informatics (3 crs.)

This course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of the implementation and use of nursing informatics in healthcare, the collection and use of information in decision support systems designed to support evidence-based practice, and the use of informatics in healthcare management. Regulatory standards and ethical and legal issues related to informatics are also examined.

NURS 712: Nursing Financial Resources (3 crs.)

This course explores the principles and practices of finance and the impact of reimbursement models and regulation in healthcare. Within this framework, content regarding finance and economics, analysis of financial statements, strategic financial planning, and cost/benefit analysis are examined. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to decision making in the complex relationships among provider, payer, employer, and client are addressed.

NURS 716: Healthcare Quality & Safety (3 crs.)

This course explores the quality of care and safety of patients in today’s healthcare environment. Tools, processes, and methods required to effectively manage quality and safety in healthcare are analyzed. National standards are reviewed and suggestions for improving quality care and safety of patient care are presented.

NURS 732: Population Health Management (3 crs.)

This course provides the student with knowledge of evidence-based approaches to achieving sustainable mitigation through population health management. Planning and preparedness practices that proactively affect the health of individuals, families, and communities are examined. Emphasis is placed on accessing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating available health options and services that promote optimum health and functional balance.

NURS 744: Nursing Financial Resources II (3 crs.)

This course explores the principles and practices of finance in healthcare. Emphasis is on the development of a comprehensive business plan for a healthcare organization.

NURS 748: Human Resource Management (3 crs.)

This course explores the knowledge and skills required for effective human resource management. Managerial behaviors that promote and maintain a professional healthcare practice environment are emphasized. Human resources management links human resources practices with organizational mission strategies and goals. Global mobility continues to increase in the United States and employees’ rights, disciplines, and equal employment opportunities are expanding. Recruitment, retention, and turnover of nursing employees is a continuing challenge for nurses working in the field of Nursing Management and Human Resources Management.

NURS 752: Healthcare Systems Practicum (3 crs.)

This course consists of 180 clock hours of practicum experience. Students engage in practicum activities pertinent to a nursing and healthcare management role. A preceptor-mentorship model is used, in which leaders in healthcare organizations play a substantial role in facilitating the practicum. Students develop a Practicum Plan in conjunction with their faculty and preceptor, including a practicum project approved by the practicum faculty, preceptor, and organization. The practicum occurs over one semester, in the last semester of the student’s program of study.
$500 practicum fee

MBA Courses (31 credits)

MBA Core Courses (28 credits)

ACCT B715: Financial & Managerial Accounting (3 crs.)

This course provides an overview of how financial data can be used by managers, entrepreneurs, and executives to improve the decision-making process, as well as organizational productivity and performance. The financial accounting portion of the course develops student skills in reading and understanding financial statements, analyzing investments, and measuring and assessing financial performance. The managerial accounting portion of the course develops student skills in budgeting, cost accounting, cash flow analysis, and the analysis and interpretation of internal financial reports.

BA B750: Competitive Strategy (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the roles and activities of general managers, executives, leaders, entrepreneurs, and other executives who run businesses. Students develop skills in competitive analysis and the analysis of industry structure, as well as skills in formulating or executing strategy in small, diverse, or multinational firms. The course focuses on case analysis to analyze ambiguous problems, develop strategic-thinking skills, and apply analytical models to solve complex problems.

DECS B725: Managerial Economics & Statistics (3 crs.)

The course develops qualitative and quantitative approaches for problem-solving and decision-making in the field of management. Students will learn how to use theoretical and analytical tools from the fields of economics and statistics to enhance their ability to understand real world problems, identify possible solutions, and make the right managerial decisions to achieve organizational performance excellence.

FIN B700: Financial Management (3 crs.)

The course emphasizes the application of financial theory by giving the student a framework for analyzing and recommending alternative solutions to business financial problems. Special emphasis will be on financial decision-making that requires integrating the core finance areas of corporate finance, investments, portfolio management, and multinational finance. The course combines application to real life cases with theoretical concepts. Students gain the tools needed for fundamental as well as technical analysis of selected publicly traded companies.

MGT B700: Organizational Behavior & Leadership (3 crs.)

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the basic functional areas of management, organizational behavior, and strategic decision-making from a manager’s point-of-view. The course helps students develop the skills to analyze and address management/leadership challenges and opportunities, and the knowledge to create a sustainable organization with world-class performance.

MGT B705: Strategic Communication (3 crs.)

The course introduces students to professional business communication style, as well as professional dress and conduct. The course also focuses on the strategic aspects of communication and concludes with a communication strategy audit of a real-world firm with the goal of improving listening, communication, and team environments.

MGT B710: Operations & Process Management (3 crs.)

The course introduces fundamental quantitative approaches for decision-making in the field of operations and process management. Students will develop skills in analyzing how logistical and operations decisions impact the performance of the firm, as well as the entire supply chain. In the latter half of class, students will develop skills that will enable them to analyze processes, ensure quality, create value, and manage flow of information, products, and services across a network of customers, enterprises, and supply chain partners.

MKT B700: Strategic Marketing (3 crs.)

This course enables students to develop the skills necessary to make intelligent strategic marketing decisions for an organization. The course addresses how marketing activities and customer orientations impact all aspects of an organization’s strategy, especially: (1) identifying customer value; (2) prioritizing customer value segments; and (3) aligning organizational processes in order to maximize customer value as a means of achieving excellence in firm performance. The purpose of this course is to prepare leaders who understand the need for a customer-centered organization and use marketing skills and expertise in creating overall performance excellence in an organization.

MBA Immersion Weeks (4 crs.)

The online MBA program allows students to participate in 4 credit hours (1 hour each) of online “immersion weeks,” which are intensive two-week seminars geared towards providing specialized knowledge and expertise in key business areas. BA B704: Ethics & Social Justice Week (see course description below) is required, and then students have the option to choose from various other topics, including orientation and launch, venture and start-up entrepreneurship, or career development.

BA B704: Ethics + Social Justice Week (1 cr.)
Ethics + Social Justice Week introduces students to issues related to ethical behavior and social justice and applies them to real business cases and dilemmas. In addition, it introduces students to the Jesuit value system and how Jesuit values apply to ethical issues in business. Students will become more self-conscious and constructively self-critical of their ethical preconceptions. Students will be better able to identify ethical challenges and be aware of the strategies of resources available to deal with them effectively.

MBA Elective Courses (3 credits)

For the remaining 3 credit hours required for the MBA Core, students may choose courses from the following areas:

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Investment Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Quality & Performance Excellence
  • Project Management
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Integrated Brand Promotion
  • Digital Marketing & Analytics
  • Consumer Analysis & Research