SALT LAKE CITY, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Governors University (WGU), a national leader in online healthcare and business education, has added a new degree program aimed at preparing healthcare professionals for management roles. The Bachelor of Science in Business—Healthcare Management is designed for working business and healthcare professionals who need to earn a bachelor's degree to advance their careers. This new degree program, which is online and competency-based, will equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to serve in a variety of leadership roles at a wide range of healthcare-related organizations and facilities, including hospitals, physician offices, skilled nursing facilities, healthcare facilities, accountable care organizations, insurance companies, and community health organizations.
Coursework in WGU's B.S. in Business—Healthcare Management will include general education and business curriculum as well as healthcare-specific topics such as delivery systems, regulation, and compliance; ethics; financial management; technology applications; quality improvement; and risk management. The program curriculum was developed in collaboration with seminal healthcare leaders from major employers such as HCA Healthcare, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and Accolade.
Like all WGU degree programs, this new program is online and competency-based. Competency-based education is ideal for working professionals because it allows them to study and learn at their own pace and advance as soon as they have mastered course materials. Students have 24/7 access to their course materials, and one-on-one faculty support. Terms are six months long, and students pay a flat rate of about $3,000 per term for most programs, regardless of the number of courses completed. Because WGU programs are self-paced, many students are able to accelerate their studies, finishing their degree sooner, which saves them both time and money. As a result, the average time to complete a bachelor's degree at WGU is less than 3 years.
Applications for the B.S. in Business—Healthcare Management degree program are being accepted now, and students may begin on the first day of any month starting in September. For more information, go to www.wgu.edu/HealthcareManagement.
Now with 59,000 students and 49,000 graduates nationwide, WGU offers more than 50 online, competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs in the high-demand fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. Recognized by President Obama as an innovative university that "awards credits based on learning, not seat time," WGU has been named one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies " and has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," NBC Nightly News, CNN's "Schools of Thought," and in The New York Times.
WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations, including AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education, USA Funds, and Zions Bank. More information is available at www.wgu.edu or by calling 866.225.5948.
SOURCE Western Governors University