RN-MSN/MBA Bridge Program

Program Overview

Go from your ADN, to earning both your master’s in nursing (MSN) and master’s in business administration (MBA) with Spring Arbor University’s online CCNE-accredited RN-MSN/MBA dual-degree program.

  • You complete the RN-MSN/MBA dual-degree program with the convenience of just one course at a time (excluding clinical & residency coursework).
  • Graduates will earn both baccalaureate and Master of Science in Nursing degrees in a shorter time frame than taking each separate program.  
  • You will learn fiscal and management theories, and how to oversee clinical operations, expand services and establish policies and procedures that ensure the best patient care possible.

Five RN-MSN/MBA dual-degree program concentrations

  • Health Care Administration: Address the complexities and trends in the health care industry by focusing on contemporary issues in health care administration, policy, economics, quality and strategy of health care management.
  • Human Resource Development: Prepare to effectively lead a human resources department. Topics covered include organizational behaviors, enhancing group and team performance and promoting workplace learning and development.
  • Management: Engage your competitive strategy skills in a computer-simulated business environment, as well as examine management and human resource development, the use management statistics and ethical leadership topics.
  • Organizational Consulting: Understand, predict and influence individual and group behavior to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical organizations.
  • Strategic Leadership: Discover how best to plan and develop strategies to motivate and manage your unique team.

Download a program guide; or, use our easy online scheduling tool to book an appointment with an admissions advisor now.

Careers & Outcomes

As a student in this CCNE-accredited RN-MSN/MBA dual-degree program, you’ll learn the skills it takes to run complex health care institutions.

  • Upon graduating, you’ll be prepared to oversee clinical operations, expand services and establish policies and procedures that ensure the best patient care possible.
  • You’ll gain more insight, experience and leadership skills at a faster pace than if you were to individually pursue just your BSN first.
  • Courses will prepare you to apply classroom theory to real-world scenarios.
  • A popular career for those who hold this degree is Chief Nursing Officer, with high earning potential- the median salary for CNOs is over *$124,000 per year, and are eligible for additional incentives and bonus pay.
  • Additionally, upon graduation, you will be qualified to teach both nursing and business.

*https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chief_Nursing_Officer_(CNO)/Salary

Program Curriculum

The RN-MSN/MBA is a 97-credit-hour, 54-month program. Featured courses include:

  • NUR344 Clinical Prevention/Population Health
  • MBA617 Leadership in Business
  • MBA651 Management of Organizational Behavior

For a full course listing and descriptions, download a program brochure.

The Nursing Department reserves the right to change curriculum requirements based on professional or accreditation recommendations.


About SAU Online

Since 1873, Spring Arbor University has helped students pursue wisdom by offering an education grounded in the Christian faith. What began as a small elementary and secondary school in the late 1800s has evolved into a premier private Christian university that offers engaging online programs designed to meet the unique needs of busy, working adults. While we’re not the only university to offer online degree programs, our distinction lies in our total commitment to providing educational excellence within a Christ-honoring and supportive online community.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University are accredited by
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