Online MBA: Nursing Administration and Leadership

Online MBA: Nursing Administration and Leadership

mba - nursing administration and leadership

The MBA with a concentration in nursing administration and leadership at PennWest California offers a broad perspective on business issues critical to medical settings and important career advantages for working nurse professionals who wish to advance in the field.

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

 In the MBA program, nurse professionals develop business knowledge that can support a wide range of positions in nursing administration and nursing leadership, including:

  • Chief nurse officer.
  • Healthcare administrator.
  • Healthcare entrepreneur.

Leading Edge

PennWest California’s 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 who have completed two foundation courses can complete the MBA with an additional 24 credits.

Courses in this unique online MBA program that focuses on business and nursing leadership include:

  • Health Policy in Nursing.
  • Financial Management in Nonprofit Healthcare Organizations.
  • Information Systems for Nurses in Healthcare Organizations.
  • Corporate Finance.
  • Strategic Management.

According to Healthcare Finance News: “Today more hospitals are expecting RNs to be able to make business decisions that impact the bottom line and patient outcomes, not just clinical or acute care.” Pursuing your MBA can give you a distinct advantage in healthcare organizations.

Earning your Master of Business Administration online at PennWest California provides you with exceptional advantages to earn a valuable credential to strengthen your future career in nursing administration:  

  • Gain the attention of future employers:PennWest California’s graduate MBA program is nationally recognized among the best online programs in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by S. News & World Report. PennWest California was ranked No. 2 in the 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Nursing Programs list created by OnlineU.
  • Get aheadat PennWest California and do it cost effectively. Online MBA students in PennWest California’s Global Online program do not pay fees for on-campus services, and most pay a reduced, competitive, out-of-state tuition rate.Our online MBA programs offer affordable ways to pursue a graduate degree. 

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 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 nursing leadership roles by earning an advanced degree that enhances their knowledge of administrative practices, management, accounting, budgetary analysis and more.

You’ll study with students from across the nation and around the world as you complete your MBA in nursing administration and leadership degree program and expand your 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-Women’s Hospital of UPMC.
  • West Virginia University Hospital.
  • Veterans’ Health Administration (VHA) hospitals.
  • S. Navy, U.S. Army.

Because of the high demand for expert healthcare managers with an MBA, PennWest California graduates can expect strong career growth and good salaries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for medical and health services managers will increase by 22% by 2020. BLS also reports that the median salary in the field generally is $84,270. The top 10%, almost always with at least a master’s degree, earn more than $144,000.

BLS also reported that compensation for medical and health services managers may depend on the size of the facility. For administrators in a medical practice with six or fewer doctors, the median salary was $86,459. For those with 7-25 doctors, it was $115,000, and for practices with 26+ doctors, the median salary was $150,726.

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 dual degree is the most widely accepted route to a career in nursing leadership.

Don’t delay your career opportunities: It’s to earn your MBA in Nursing Administration and Leadership. Apply now!


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