Mba

  1. Anyone have their MBA? I am considering going back to school. I have a friend who works for a large company that has seen nurses with MBAs do very well.
    •  
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Ginger35
    I will graduate soon (this June) with an MBA specializing in health care.

    Do you have any specific questions in particular in regards to this cirriculum?

    Which company does your friend work for?
  4. by   Batman24
    Edit.
  5. by   wincha
    To the person who is finishing her MBA in June.
    How many years have you been out of school before returning to the graduate program?
    How hard was the GMAT?
    Did you have any business classes prior to your MBA?
    The company I was mentioning is McKesson.

    I have a BA from 25 years ago, 1 semester of Masters, then RN over 20 years ago, and then less than 10 years ago my paralegal certificate. I never took a business class, except for my legal courses.

    How did you decide to choose which graduate school for your MBA?

    I do have some schools to choose from but also have to consider cost as I have 2 teens who will be going to college in 2 years and grade school children. I have tuition reimbursement and hope this will be covered. I also work full time so will need to attend a part time program. How long did it take you?
  6. by   Ginger35
    wincha,

    I graduated in 1996 with a BSN - then returned to school for the MBA in 2005. So I was out of school for 9 - 10 years.

    The school that I am attending did not require the GMAT.

    The only classes that I took prior to this MBA cirriculum were a statistics and some accounting. The rest of my business background came from performing case management duties for an insurance company. But not a lot really. This proved to be very difficult for me...

    Other nurses like me in my class came from a clinical background and most of their managment experience came from budgeting for their department. Also, some internal instruction from their finance department. The rest of my class come from pharmacy backgrounds, accounting, and I think one is a physical therapist.

    I choose this graduate school because it was highly recommended by the upper management at two of the hospitals near where I live. Another incentive was that it did not require the GMAT.

    I am attending a college called Indiana Wesleyan. I had to drop down to part-time and I took out student loans. The program is an accelerated program. You attend class one night a week for four hours, the rest of the time you are doing online work, instruction, homework, projects and presentations. The entire length of the program is 2 years and you go straight through with about a 2 week break at Christmas and that is it.

    I would highly recommend brushing up on accounting, statistics, and economics. Also, get very acquainted with Microsoft Office prior to beginning this rigorous cirriculum. You will definitely be glad you did.
    Last edit by Ginger35 on Apr 1, '07
  7. by   wincha
    [quote=Ginger35;2137169]wincha,

    I graduated in 1996 with a BSN - then returned to school for the MBA in 2005. So I was out of school for 9 - 10 years.


    All the schools in my area require the GMAT. I have many schools to choose from. I also work in case management in an insurance company. I do not have any background with business classes at all. However, my husband is a CPA and also helped me with my paralegal classes when one instructor was not very good(my husband is also an attorney). I did take 5 legal classes and did well but that was several years ago. There is not a MBA focusing on health, I will just go for a straight MBA program.

    Indiana Weselyan was one of the schools suggested for my teenager to look at.
    Was your program considered full or part time?
    With working full time and 4 children I will have to take these classes part time.

    I attended a paralegal accelerated program for my paralegal certificate in which I attended one 4 hours class every 7 weeks and one term I attended 2 classes. Not sure how I did it as my youngest was 1 but managed to get all A's and one B(the teacher was worthless and I had my husband explain the material)

    I never took accounting, statistics, or economics. I do have a high school econ book in my home though(most likely college level). Are these required to have taken as undergraduate? Can I walk into these classes without any undergraduate classes in these areas?


    Thanks for your advice!
  8. by   Ginger35
    wincha,

    You will not need to take accounting, stats & econ prior to entering the program. But it will make your life much easier being acquainted.

    My program is considered full time. I am not sure if Indiana Wesleyan offers a part-time MBA cirriculum.

    If the health care specialization was not offered - I would have went for the plain MBA also.
  9. by   RJ---RN
    I have an MSA (Masters in Health Care Administration). It is 1/2 MBA and 1/2 health care administration. It is a great degree, as it gives a focus on both areas. I got some courses in grant writing, administration, and of course all the MBA courses.
    I highly recommend it! I have used my degree to advance my career!:spin:
    If I can answer any more questions, please feel free to ask!!!
  10. by   wincha
    All programs offer part time here, even Washington University. That won't be a problem. I can review these courses before attending. What types of jobs will you be looking for?
  11. by   wincha
    Quote from RJ---RN
    I have an MSA (Masters in Health Care Administration). It is 1/2 MBA and 1/2 health care administration. It is a great degree, as it gives a focus on both areas. I got some courses in grant writing, administration, and of course all the MBA courses.
    I highly recommend it! I have used my degree to advance my career!:spin:
    If I can answer any more questions, please feel free to ask!!!
    How long did this degree take? What type of jobs are available with this type of degree?
  12. by   Ginger35
    Hummm,

    Well, many hospitals and other facilities around Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan are pushing for health care practitioners such as nurses to obtain a masters in management or masters in business administration. It is another way of moving up into an administrative role.

    Others areas could be working for an insurance company say in operations, or medical device company.

    I am currently working in a small ER as an RN in a rural hospital. I wanted to get a good mix of staying plugged in with the clinical aspect while developing a business acumen.

    I'm currently in the market for advancing to a leadership position.

    RJ --- RN - could you elaborate more the position(s) you currently hold with your MSA?
  13. by   RJ---RN
    With my MSA, I taught nursing for several years, (I have a BSN as well).
    I became an epidemiologist and work with bioterrorism diseases as well as emerging infectious diseases with a state department of health.
  14. by   nursing 101
    Quote from RJ---RN
    With my MSA, I taught nursing for several years, (I have a BSN as well).
    I became an epidemiologist and work with bioterrorism diseases as well as emerging infectious diseases with a state department of health.
    I know it's 2 different fields but do you think there are more jobs for nurse practitioners or nurse with an MSA. I am currently deciding between these two but can't really figure out the job market for either one... And I really don't want to ask the schools because they will always make it sweeter than reality.
    Suggestions are welcome.

close