Apr 15, 2024  
2021-2022 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2021-2022 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Science in Nursing & Master of Health Administration

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This online graduate program allows RNs with bachelor’s degrees in nursing to earn both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Health Administration.  Both degrees are awarded at the same time with the completion of all requirements. This 60-credit dual degree appeals to and benefits nurses who are, or plan to be, in a leadership position such as manager, director of nursing, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), or hospital administrator.  Curriculum in the MHA also provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare leaders to address the issues of access, quality and cost of health care services that face this nation.

Note: Students who have already completed their MSHA or MHA with SJC are not eligible for admittance into the MSN/MHA dual degree program.

Incomplete Grades:

Incomplete grades are given only in cases of illness or emergency.  It is the responsibility of the student to request an incomplete course grade from the faculty member teaching the course.  Forms may be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs.  A request for an incomplete grade form signed by the faculty member, the student, and the Chair of Nursing and must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar in order for an “I” grade to be assigned.  A grade of incomplete reflects an agreed upon course of action between a faculty member and a student to complete the course within the designated time frame.  Course work must be completed six weeks from the last day of class.  If course work is not completed within this time frame, a grade of “F” will automatically be assigned.  Under special circumstances, students may petition the Chair Nursing to extend the time limit in which course work may be completed.


Admission Requirements


  1. BSN from an accredited institution
  2. Active unrestricted, unencumbered RN license in the US
  3. Cumulative GPA 3.0
  4. All official transcripts
  5. Must have statistics and health assessment as an undergrad with a B or better and courses must be current. 
    *  If the applicant did not have statistics or health assessment as an undergrad, recommend that they take the courses at SJC and apply once the courses are complete
  6. Resume or CV
  7. Career Statement
    **  FNP/AGACNP Applicants:  Describe the FNP/AGACNP role in the context of advanced practice. How does obtaining a graduate nursing degree fit into your professional development goals? 
    ***  Administration/Education Applicants:  In 750 words or less, please describe how a nurse with an advanced degree impacts practice and how you plan to use your advanced degree after graduation.
  8. 3 references - from peer, supervisor and prior faculty
  9. TOEFL if needed

Note:  Applicants who have had license sanctions must be without restrictions during the two years prior to Saint Joseph’s application.


Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policy

Students who will be participating in a clinical must complete a criminal background check and drug screening (see Nursing Student Handbook).

  • Criminal Background Check - CertifiedProfile is a secure platform that allows students to order a background check through a web-based secure platform.
  • Drug Screen Testing - Drug testing is purchased with the CertifiedProfile package.

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