Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) has begun offering a dual Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree option to equip nurses with business skills that are often expected from them as their careers advance. The School of Nursing and School of Business and Technology have created a partnership to offer the new online program.

Dr. Marcy Tanner, associate dean of the SWOSU School of Nursing, tells NewsOK.com, “The demand for nurse executives and administrators with a business background has never been higher. There are many competitive roles for nurse administrators that would benefit from hiring a nurse with both advanced preparation as a nurse and as a business manager. Many nurses are asked to take on these leadership roles without the additional knowledge that a business degree can offer.”

The dual online MSN/MBA program gives nurses training and skills that most pick up on their own as they progress in their careers. Many nurses are asked to help manage aspects of the business, supervise employees, and manage departments even though they don’t have a formal education or background in business administration.

Many nurses are interested in pursuing administrative positions but don’t have the business background. Earning an MBA helps open the doors. Graduates of the SWOSU program receive training in continuous quality improvement, marketing and administrative functions, and personnel management and leadership.

SWOSU’s nursing program is known for its practice-oriented approach and its business programs have a reputation as high-quality programs that prepare graduates for leadership roles in any industry. The program is offered online in an accelerated format consisting of courses offered over 8 weeks. To learn more about SWOSU’s dual MSN/MBA Program, visit here.

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