MBA in Nursing Administration

MBA in Nursing Administration 100% Online Graduate Degree Program

About Nursing Administration

Develop strong business skills to be a nurse leader in healthcare.

The MBA with a concentration in nursing administration and leadership at PennWest California offers a broad perspective on business issues critical to medical settings that benefit working nurse professionals.

The MBA degree program is a 100% online professional graduate degree program that can be completed in 2.5 years or less.

Widely recognized and respected, PennWest California's business administration program is currently seeking ACBSP accreditation.  

Sharpen business acumen for career advancement. 

In the MBA Nursing Administration program, nurse professionals develop business knowledge that can support a wide range of positions, such as chief nurse officer, healthcare administration, or healthcare entrepreneur.


Valued credential
This online MBA in nursing administration is the first of its kind in western Pennsylvania, enabling nurse professionals to focus on critical business issues in medical settings while earning a highly desired MBA credential. PennWest California MSN alumni, or graduates from other schools' MSN degree or DNP programs in nursing administration,  can complete the MBA with an additional 24 credits. If needed, there are several options for completing two additional foundation courses (6 credits).

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook for healthcare leadership positions, including chief nursing officer positions, is expected to increase by 22% through 2018. Nurse professionals gain a competitive edge for CNO and other leadership roles by earning an advanced degree that enhances their knowledge of administrative practices, management, accounting, budgetary analysis and more.



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Degree Benefits

The MBA degree program with a concentration in nursing administration was developed for working nurse professionals to examine the latest business issues relevant to healthcare and medical settings, and gain the valued MBA credential. Courses that focus on business include:

  • Corporate Finance.
  • Strategic Management.
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Graduate Outcomes

PennWest California's MBA degree program enables nurse leaders to develop skills in business, leadership and more to thrive in today's complex healthcare environment. Students from around the nation and internationally can complete this degree program to enhance future career options. A sampling of employers in Pennsylvania and beyond who hire PennWest California graduates includes:

  • Allegheny Health Network (AHN) hospitals.
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) hospitals.
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (UPMC).
  • Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
  • West Virginia University Hospital.
  • Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals.
  • U.S. Navy, U.S. Army.


MBA In Nursing Administration Courses

This MBA degree curriculum is designed for nurse leaders who want to gain a competitive edge in healthcare by expanding their knowledge of key business functions.



Course Credits
Core Courses  
MBA 700  Business Foundations 3
MBA 710  Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 3
MBA 720  Leading the Enterprise 3
MBA 730  Managerial Decision Making 3
MBA 740  Business, Government and Society 3
MBA 750  MBA Capstone 3
Course Options (Specialized Courses)  
NUR 602  Health Policy in Nursing 3
NUR 603  Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations 3
NUR 714  Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration 3
NUR 715  Financial Management in Non-profit Health Care Organizations 3
Business Electives (500-level or higher ACC, BUS, ECO, ENP, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT) 6
Total 36
Admissions Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements  

  • MSN in Nursing Administration & Leadership from PennWest California or comparable MSN or DNP program from another regionally accredited school with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Regionally accredited MSN or DNP degree with a GPA under a 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • GMAT with a 550 or higher may be requested

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. 

Additional Requirements for the MBA Nursing Administration and Leadership

  • Applicants must meet the MBA Admission Requirements and hold an MSN in Nursing Administration & leadership from PennWest California or comparable MSN or DNP program from another accredited school.
  • Graduates from another accredited institution’s MSN or DNP programs in nursing administration applying for the MBA degree for nurse administrators may have additional MSN coursework to complete based upon evaluation for transfer of courses equivalent to NUR 602 Health Policy in Nursing, NUR 603 Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organization, NUR 714 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration, and NUR 715 Financial Management in Non-profit Health Care Organizations.

 How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
PennWest California
Box 91
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419 

For additional information: 
Phone: 1.866.595.6348


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Why an MBA?

According to, nurse administrators are often responsible for large-scale policy planning, staff management, financial resource management and business management, in addition to their core responsibilities of coordinating and supervising the delivery of healthcare. An advanced degree such as an MBA in nursing or an MSN-MBA degree is the most widely accepted route to a career in nursing leadership.

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Dual Degree

Another PennWest California program option for nurse professionals is the MSN-MBA dual degree. Students who have done required MBA foundation courses can complete the dual degree with only 54 credits instead of the 66 credits required if the MSN and MBA programs were completed separately.

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Certification Eligibility

In addition to earning a valued MBA credential, MSN degree students also are prepared to take certification exams from:

  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • The American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center (AONECC).



Additional Resources

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Become a Nurse Leader

MBA in Nursing Administration Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor; MBA Program Coordinator

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Dr. Paul Hettler

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Todd Kane
Adjunct Faculty

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Dr. Mark Lennon
Associate Professor

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Benefits of Getting a Dual Degree