MS in Nursing and Business Leadership


Student Handbook RN-MSN and MS in Nursing 2021-2022
Accreditation Statement

The Master of Science in Nursing and Business Leadership degree is offered to provide an opportunity to develop advanced nursing administration and management skills. Applications and registrations for the MSNBL degree are processed by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Admission, and graduation eligibility are determined by the university’s Admissions office and Office of the Registrar.


Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program is based on:

  1. Completion of a B.S. in Nursing degree program with a cumulative GPA
    of 3.0 or higher from an institutionally accredited (formerly known as
    regionally accredited) undergraduate program. 
  2. Current nursing license in Maryland or a Nursing Licensure Compact
    State or non-compact state.
  3. Current professional resume.
  4. Written statement of intent describing career goals in an advanced
    nursing specialty role.
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent may be
    required if English is not the applicant’s primary language.
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent may be
    required if English is not the applicant’s primary language.

All applications and transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Core Curriculum

27 hours

NURS 501Fundamental and Writing Skills for MS in Nursing Programs3
NURS 504Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3
NURS 506Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 507Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 509Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 511Analysis of Evidence-Based Practice/Inquiry and Research3
NURS 515Organizational and Systems Leadership3
NURS 516Health Policy, Social Justice, and Ethics3
NURS 528Population Based Health3

Courses in Major


HCAD 570Health Care Management and Economics3
HCAD 590Health care Information Systems Management3
HCAD 610Health care Leadership and Change Management3
NURS 709Practicum: Nursing Administration 3
NURS 538Quality Safety and Risk Management3
NURS 609Major Research Thesis or Project3



Goal of Master’s Program

The goal of the master’s program is to prepare skilled, competent nurses who will pursue excellence and professional growth through lifelong learning; lead change to improve quality outcomes and safety of healthcare delivery systems; design innovative, evidence-based nursing practices; and serve as collaborative partners of the health care team in an advanced specialty nursing practice.

Expected Student Outcomes

Upon completion of their program of study, graduates of Washington Adventist University’s MS in Nursing Business Leadership will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership that will improve quality and safety outcomes in nursing education or health care organizations.
  2. Conduct and/or evaluate nursing research and evidence-based practices to improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  3. Synthesize knowledge of ethical, safe, and legal practices in assessing, providing, evaluating, and improving the quality and safety of patient care.
  4. Evaluate current knowledge, skills, and attitudes of health promotion, disease and injury prevention and management in order to improve the health of individuals, groups, communities and populations.
  5. Apply principles of social justice and health policies that improve the health of the public.
  6. Analyze the political, social, organizational, cultural, and economic systems that impact health and health care.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate, collaborate, lead, and consult with others in an advanced nursing practice specialty role.
  8. Design health care management systems and/or educational programs for patients, students, families, communities, and populations using evidence-based practice, informatics, and health care technologies.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to provide humanistic care in an advanced specialty nursing practice, respectful of a client’s cultural, spiritual, ethnic, and gender diversity, within an increasingly global, multicultural society.
  10. Synthesize knowledge from the organizational sciences, humanities, and informatics to improve the quality and delivery of advanced nursing care in complex educational or health care systems
  11. Design strategies for improved quality and safety outcomes in nursing education and health care systems that employ informatics and effective leadership and management principles.
  12. Demonstrate attributes supportive of spirituality within a multicultural multi-faith environment to facilitate self-awareness and meet spiritual needs of clients and self.