UHV to offer dual nursing, business master's degree

Sept. 24, 2011 at 4:24 a.m.

Denise Neill

Denise Neill

The University of Houston-Victoria intends to answer the call for nurses with top-level skills and solid business know-how by offering a dual-degree program through the schools of Nursing and Business Administration.

The degree, combining a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing, will be offered starting in the spring semester, which begins Jan. 17. The degree has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and UHV is accepting applications.

The MBA/MSN will feature 51 semester credit hours of graduate-level business and nursing classes. The degree will offer students a faster option of completing the two degrees simultaneously. A combination of face-to-face, interactive television, online and hybrid courses make the program accessible to students in Victoria and the greater Houston area.

"This dual-degree program was initiated after getting requests from nurses who are UHV graduates," said Kathryn Tart, founding dean of the UHV School of Nursing. "Nurses who will be interested in the program will manage large budgets and be leaders in the future of health care."

Tart said the UHV School of Nursing has more than 80 clinical affiliation agreements with hospitals and health care companies. Many administrators want nurses to have a solid grasp of business practices and take a larger role in management and budgeting.

"We are combining courses from the MSN administration concentration and MBA," said Denise Neill, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of the school's MSN degree. "The degree will offer broad and rigorous courses from both schools but minimize course duplication."

Students who apply for the dual-degree program will need to be Registered Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. They also will need to meet admission requirements for both the UHV MSN and MBA programs.

The UHV School of Nursing is the only nursing school in the University of Houston System. Its administrators work closely with hospitals in Victoria, Sugar Land, Katy and the greater Houston area to provide employees that meet the growing demand for nurses.

"Today's nurses are asked to assume a large part of duties that had previously been assigned only to financial managers," said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. "This dual degree will make sure that our graduates, in addition to having the best nursing skills, are equipped to handle business matters. It will benefit both the nurses and the health care facility where they are employed."



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