ST. LOUIS, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As it works to educate future leaders in the business of healthcare, WGU Missouri 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 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.
"This new degree program both anticipates and answers the increasing need for more business professionals as the healthcare industry continues to evolve," said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, WGU Missouri Chancellor. "The B.S. in Business – Healthcare Management will be a vital way to prepare professionals interested in taking a leadership role in this dynamic industry."
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.
About WGU Missouri
WGU Missouri is a competency-based, online university created to expand access to higher education for Missouri residents. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. WGU Missouri faculty members serve as mentors, working one-on-one with students, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction.
Established through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Missouri is open to all qualified Missouri residents. The university is nonprofit and self-sustaining on flat-rate tuition of about $6,000 per year for most programs.
Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*).
More information is available at missouri.wgu.edu or by calling 855.948.8493.
*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington DC 20036, 202-877-6791).
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