The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a wonderful next step for current practicing nurses looking to advance a specific career trajectory in the field.

But have you considered a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)? Particularly, have you looked at an MBA with a Health Care Administration focus as an alternative?

As a practicing nurse, you’ve experienced first-hand the importance that health care administration plays in your organization. Understanding the complexity of the medical system and the business choices that inform current practice are helpful in your current situation. If you look forward to the possibility of being in a decision-making role, then this knowledge is essential.

While the MSN path hones in on the latest medical theories and societal issues, students in the MBA in Health Care Administration generally focus on the foundations of upper-level management, including the ethical and political demands associated with them. The MBA degree offers the skills to advance your knowledge of business concepts specifically as they relate to health care. Many lessons in this concentration are framed within a historical and practical perspective with the intent of teaching students how to conceptualize and deal with future issues.

A largely important incentive with the Master’s in Business Administration with a Health Care Administration focus is its versatility. This is an ideal fit for someone looking to potentially shift gears a few times throughout their career. Students learn organizational business tactics, management, accounting and marketing which, in turn, prepare one for a larger range of roles. These potential positions include: Hospital Administrator, C-level Management such as Chief Operating Officer or Chief Executive Officer, Marketing Director, or a pivotal role in a health care corporation such as an insurance provider. What’s better – a recent survey found that more than 80 percent of health care managers rated their job as meaningful based on a matrix of their satisfaction and salary.

Did you know that Concordia University Online has a MBA with a Health Care Administration concentration that is perfect for nurses looking to grow their professional potential.  Our program educates health care professionals who are ready to think on their feet and confidently implement custom policies and strategies within their particular organization. Taught by professionals with a wealth of industry experience, our 100% online courses fit your schedule and life. Whether your goal is to manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area, or a group medical practice, you will be able to adapt to the constant changes in health-care laws, regulations, and technology now and into the future.

— Kali Thiel is director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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