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Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Health Care Administration

The School of Nursing and the Department of Health Care Administration offer this program. The curriculum prepares graduates to be a Nurse Leader with Health Care Administration in the healthcare setting.

Prerequisites

  • 1. A bachelor's degree in nursing preferred. A bachelor's degree in a related field will be considered;
  • 2. Current license to practice as a Public Health Nursing license in California or eligibility for certificate in California;
  • 3. Admission to graduate standing in nursing at the University;
  • 4. An introductory level statistics course or equivalent.
  • 5. Current professional resume describing applicant's relevant experience;
  • 6. Take the following course (or equivalent): ACCT 201.
  • 7. Take one of the following courses (or equivalent): ECON 101, ECON 300.
  • 8. Submission of a minimum score of 500 on a recent Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or a total score of a minimum 1000 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • 9. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 units of the undergraduate program.

Advancement to Candidacy

  • 1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;
  • 2. Completion of all undergraduate deficiencies;
  • 3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
  • 4. Fulfillment of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) at the required minimum scores;
  • 5. Approval of the school graduate director and Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum of 53 units in approved Nursing and Health Care Administration upper division and graduate level courses;

2. If a student after entering the concurrent MSN/HCA program returns to a single degree program, all requirements for the single degree program must be met;

3. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the graduate program.

Health Care Administration Core Courses:

  • HCA 502 The Health Care System (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • HCA 505 Organization and Systems of Health Care (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • HCA 510 Human Resources Management in Health Care (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • HCA 515 Advanced Financial Management in Health Care (3)
    Prerequisites: ACCT 201 or ACCT 500
    Prerequisite/Co-requisite: HCA 502
  • HCA 524 Advanced Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Administration (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 502.
  • HCA 530 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: HCA 502.
  • HCA 535 Quantitative Methods for Health Admin (3)
    Prerequisites: HCA 502 and HCA 526.
  • HCA 550 Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Services (3)
    Prerequisites: HCA 502.

Take one of the following courses:

  • HCA 526 Research Methods in Health Care Administration (3)
    Prerequisites: Covers research design and methods in health care and health services, including use of inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, reviewing peer-reviewed literature, experimental and quasi-experimental approaches, sampling and research ethics.
  • NRSG 596 Research for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program and upper division statistics, or consent of instructor.

Nursing Theory Courses:

  • NRSG 560 Foundations of Theoretical and Professional Roles in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 559 Nursing Administration (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • NRSG 676 Administrative Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice I (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 559, HCA 510, HCA 515 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 676L.
  • NRSG 677 Admin Theories for Nursing Practice II (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 676, NRSG 676L, HCA 502, HCA 505 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 677L.
  • NRSG 678 Administrative Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice III (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 677, NRSG 677L, HCA 537, or the consent of the instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 678L.

Nursing Clinical Courses:

  • NRSG 676L Administrative Clinical Studies for Advanced Nursing Practice I (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 559, HCA 510, HCA 515 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 676.
  • NRSG 677L Administrative Clinical Studies for Advanced Nursing Practice II (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 676, NRSG 676L, HCA 502, HCA 505 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 677, HCA 537.
  • NRSG 678L Administrative Clinical Studies for Advanced Nursing Practice III (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 677, NRSG 677L, HCA 537 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 678.

For Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Sciences in Health Care Administration, take one of the following culminating courses:

  • HCA 698B Project Part II (3)
    Prerequisites: Completion of all HCA 500-level courses, HCA 526, and consent of the instructor.
  • NRSG 692 Nursing Directed Project (1-3
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program, advancement to candidacy, NRSG 596 and consent of school graduate advisor.
  • NRSG 698 Thesis (1-3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program, advancement to candidacy, NRSG 596, consent of school graduate advisor.

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