The Lubar School of Business and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing collaboratively offer a program designed to provide a combined nursing and business curriculum to strengthen the graduate’s performance as a leader and manager in nursing and health care administration.
Students are admitted to both the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate programs in nursing and business administration. The admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, College of Nursing and Lubar School of Business. Applicants may choose to complete either the GMAT or GRE and must have a BS in Nursing degree and at least two years' practice in a health care setting. Three letters of reference are required including one from a former faculty and one from a health care employer.
Credits and Courses
MBA foundation coursework provides the basis for the theory and practice of business. The MBA Program requires Bus Adm 701, Business Mathematics (2 cr), and Bus Adm 703, Financial Accounting (3 cr). Bus Adm 701 is waived for individuals who have completed an appropriate academic course in their background, or have earned an appropriate Quantitative sub-score on the GMAT or GRE or have passed the proficiency exam. Bus Adm 703 is waived for individuals who have completed an appropriate course in their background, or have passed the proficiency exam. Bus Adm 701 and Bus Adm 703 do not count toward the degree. Students are also assumed to have basic proficiency in information technology (IT), including the use of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and web browsers. Online resources are available for Bus Adm 701, 703, and IT.
For the coordinated degree program, students will complete 83 degree credit hours. Students accepted into the MBA/DNP program complete the following courses (each is 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated):
|Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare|
|Advanced Perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Disparities in Health Care|
|Epidemiological Principles for Population Health|
|Translational and Implementation Science|
|Theory for Advanced Practice|
|Outcomes and Quality Management|
|Information Systems to Support Clinical Decision-Making|
|Healthcare Organization and Systems Leadership for Advanced Practice|
|Nurse Executive Practicum I|
|Nurse Executive Practicum II|
|Nurse Executive Practicum III|
|DNP Project I: Plan|
|DNP Project II: Proposal|
|DNP Project III: Leadership Practice Immersion|
|Accounting Analysis and Control|
|Information Technology Management in International Businesses|
|Marketing Strategy: Concepts and Practice|
|Predictive Analytics for Managers|
|Global Supply Chain Strategies & Competitive Operations|
|Required (12 credits)|
|Biostatistics and Applications for Nursing Practice|
|Managing in a Dynamic Environment|
|Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations 1|
|Constrained Choice (6 credits)|
|Choose two of the following:|
|Health Care Administration and Delivery Systems|
|Managed Care and Integrated Health Networks|
|Seminar in Health Care Management: (Subtitle: Health Economics)|
|Seminar in Health Care Management: (Subtitle: Healthcare Finance)|
Integrating course for the coordinated degree program.
A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements of an individual program—MBA or DNP—in order to receive a degree. Students must fulfill the MBA Program Boot Camp and Executive Development activities to meet all graduation requirements.
The candidate will complete a final comprehensive clinical project as part of the leadership practice immersion experience, which demonstrates the ability to implement the principles of evidence-based practice and translation under the direction of the faculty advisor.
The candidate must, as the final step toward the degree, pass an oral examination in defense of the DNP project. A candidate who does not pass this examination may apply for reexamination within one year from the initial examination date. This reexamination may occur only one time. A candidate who does not pass this examination within program time limits may be required to undergo another comprehensive preliminary examination and be readmitted to the program and/or candidacy.
Students in the coordinated MBA/DNP degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.