Director of Graduate Nursing
Layna Himmelberg, Ed.D., MSN, CNE
PH 402.552.2776  TF 800.647.5500
himmelberg@clarksoncollege.edu

Director of Healthcare Business
Carla Dirkschneider, M.S., RHIA
PH 402.552.6295  TF 800.647.5500 
dirkschneider@clarksoncollege.edu

Introduction

Clarkson College offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with an option for Nursing Healthcare Administration. In addition, Clarkson College offers a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration. These two programs can be combined to meet specific professional goals of graduate students. In order to complete this program option at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete 54 graduate semester hours.

Program Specific Competency Goals

Upon completion of the MSN requirements for Nursing Healthcare Administration, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in effective and caring communication with diverse individuals and groups to educate, inform, collaborate and reflect. (Communication)**
  • Apply complex and evidence-based nuring knowledge and experience to analyze and evaluate strategies and outcomes in health care and educational settings to inform decision-making and/or problem-solving. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Demonstrate the awareness of the unique characteristics inherent to all individuals, by appreciating similarities and differences and advocating for caring holistic nursing approaches. (Diversity)**
  • Utilize and evaluate health care information technology systems and processes for communication, decision making, management and interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance health care delivery. (Technology)**
  • Promote the nursing profession by recognizing and engaging in competent, accountable, ethical and holistic practice; caring and collaborating relationships; respectful interactions with diverse individuals and groups; and quality- and safety-based decision-making. (Professionalism)**

Upon completion of the Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, graduates will:

  • Evaluate strategies based on concepts of leadership and management theory. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Interpret, synthesize and apply concepts to evaluate and solve a variety of real world health care situations, through problem recognition, methods of inquiry, project management, and strategic analysis and integration. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Communicate thoughts and ideas effectively. (Communication)**
  • Demonstrate an ability to acknowledge and to recognize those differences that exist among all individuals. (Diversity)**
  • Demonstrate an appropriate working knowledge of computer applications commonly used in health care administration. (Technology)**
  • Maintain the highest ethical, professional, and legal standards of conduct. (Professionalism)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to the Clarkson College student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity and Professionalism. 

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from the Enrollment and Advising office, College website or Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

Online Curriculum

The Clarkson College online dual Master’s degree option is designed to be a flexible learning environment. Online  instruction offers interactive learning opportunities and comprehensive access to information and resources. Dedicated faculty members are focused on student learning, which helps make online learning a productive and rewarding experience.

To complete the dual MSN and MHA degrees at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete a total of 54 semester hours. These hours must be distributed as follows:

  • Core Nursing Courses = 19 semester hours
  • Major Requirement Courses = 26 semester hours
  • Capstone Experience = 3 semester hours
  • Major Electives = 6 semester hours

The Clarkson College Master's degree in Healthcare Administration program operates on an academic calendar using semester hours. In addition, the Healthcare Administration degree operates using an accelerated course format with classes as 7.5 weeks in length in the fall and spring and 6 weeks in the summer. 

Program requires Health and Safety – View Health and Safety Information

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Required Courses for Dual Degree - Master of Science in Nursing and Master in Healthcare Administration

Nursing Core Classes

(19 semester hours) Courses are only offered in a full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration).

Courses Semester Hours
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
GR 798 - Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
◊ NS 803 - Healthcare Delivery Systems and Managed Care 2
NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 2
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
◊ NS 808 - Nursing Law and Ethics 3
NS 812 - Research Design and Methods 3
NS 813 - Research Design and Methods II 2
GR 847 - Applied Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 19
Major Requirement Courses

(26 semester hours) MB Courses are 7.5 weeks or 6 weeks in duration. NS898 is only offered in a full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration).

Courses Semester Hours
MB 800 - Ethics in Leadership 2
MB 808 - Healthcare Leadership 3
◊ MB 818 - Organizational Behavior 3
MB 821 - Healthcare Data Analytics 3
MB 826 - Healthcare Strategic Management 3
MB 828 - Financial Management in Healthcare 3
MB 833 - Healthcare Quality and Risk Management 3
MB 837 - Leading Change 3
NS 898 - Nursing Healthcare Leadership Practicum 3
Total Semester Hours 26
Capstone Experience

(3 semester hours) Course is only offered in a full-semester format (15 or 12 weeks in duration).

Courses Semester Hours
MB 900 - Capstone 3
Total Semester Hours 3
Major Electives

Students must choose a total of 6 semester hours as part of the degree. All courses are are 7.5 weeks or 6 weeks in duration besides MB 899 & MB 903, which are 12 or 15 weeks duration.

Courses Semester Hours
MB 813 - Healthcare Law and Policy 3
MB 819 - Human Resources 3
MB 836 - Healthcare Project Management 3
MB 839 - Healthcare Reimbursement 3
MB 845 - Management of Health Information 3
MB 846 - Fundamentals of Informatics 3
MB 848 - Systems and Database Design 3
MB 850 - Healthcare Information Systems 3
MB 899 - Independent Study for Healthcare Administration 1
◊ MB 903 - Internship 3
Electives 6
Total Semester Hours 34

Sample Curriculum Plan for the Dual Master of Science in Nursing and Masters in Healthcare Administration Program

First Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
GR 798 - Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
◊ NS 803 - Healthcare Delivery Systems and Managed Care 2
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
Total Semester Hours 6

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 2
◊ NS 808 - Nursing Law and Ethics 3
Total Semester Hours 5

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MB 828 - Financial Management in Healthcare 3
MB 808 - Healthcare Leadership 3
Total Semester Hours 6
Second Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
◊ MB 818 - Organizational Behavior 3
Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 6

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
GR 847 - Applied Statistics 3
MB 826 - Healthcare Strategic Management 3
Total Semester Hours 6

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MB 800 - Ethics in Leadership 2
NS 812 - Research Design and Methods 3
Total Semester Hours 5
Third Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
NS 813 - Research Design and Methods II 2
MB 837 - Leading Change 3
Total Semester Hours 5

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MB 821 - Healthcare Data Analytics 3
MB 833 - Healthcare Quality and Risk Management 3
Total Semester Hours 6

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
NS 898 - Nursing Healthcare Leadership Practicum 3
Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 6
Fourth Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MB 900 - Capstone 3
Total Semester Hours 3

Total Semester Hours - 54

Last updated: 05/05/2022