WGU Missouri Announces Partnership with Hannibal Regional Healthcare System

Nonprofit, online university will offer discounted tuition for bachelor's and master's degrees

Jul 27, 2015, 12:29 ET from WGU Missouri

ST. LOUIS, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- About 900 team members of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System (HRHS) are now eligible for a 5 percent discount on tuition under a new partnership with WGU Missouri. The agreement provides HRHS team members with greater access to high-quality, affordable bachelor's and master's degrees in fields such as health care, business, and IT.

Under the terms of the agreement, HRHS staff can receive a 5 percent discount (for up to two years) to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree at WGU Missouri. The tuition discount reduces WGU Missouri's already-low tuition of about $6,000 per year for most programs. HRHS team members will also be eligible for the WGU Healthcare Partners Fund Scholarship valued at up to $2,500.

"We are certainly excited to be partnering with Western Governors University to provide another avenue to our team members to pursue their education while also working here at HRHS," said Susan Wathen, Vice President of Human Resources at HRHS. "Our goal is to provide as many opportunities for success as we can for our team members."

"We're pleased to be partnering with HRHS to make quality, competency-based higher education more accessible and affordable," said Angie Besendorfer, Chancellor of WGU Missouri. "We believe that WGU Missouri's flexible, self-paced model can benefit HRHS team members at all levels while accommodating their busy lives."

WGU Missouri, the state affiliate of Western Governors University, is a nonprofit online university established by the state and designed to meet the needs of working adults. WGU Missouri's competency-based learning model allows students to learn at their own pace. Rather than spending time in classes with set schedules, students can move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their time to degree completion—the average time to bachelor's degree at WGU Missouri is less than three years.

The HRHS partnership discount will apply to any of WGU Missouri's degree programs in business, information technology, education, and healthcare, including nursing. Tuition is charged at a flat rate of $3,000 per six-month term for most programs, and terms can begin on the first day of any month. For more information on WGU Missouri, and details on the HRHS partnership benefits, visit missouri.wgu.edu/hrhs.

About Hannibal Regional Healthcare System

Hannibal Regional Healthcare System is the parent organization of Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group and Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation and the Center for Advanced Medical Research. Hannibal Regional Hospital is a 91-bed acute care hospital providing comprehensive health and wellness services to more than 125,000 residents in the tristate area and has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2013 and 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award recipient – ranking HRH among the top 10 percent in the nation for patient care. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multi-specialty physician group delivering primary, specialty and express care services at eight locations in Missouri and Illinois. For more information on Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, visit www.hannibalhealth.org.

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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