WGU Washington Adds Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management

Applications now being accepted for online B.S. in Business--Healthcare Management program

Jul 30, 2015, 14:48 ET from WGU Washington

SEATTLE, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WGU Washington – the state's only legislatively-endorsed, online university – 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 across the state, including hospitals, physician offices, skilled nursing facilities, healthcare facilities, accountable care organizations, insurance companies, and community health organizations.

"In our state, we have access to some of the best healthcare research, delivery and managed care," said Peter Adler, President of Molina Healthcare of Washington. "To remain on the leading edge, we need an ever-increasing supply of well-educated, skilled, and knowledgeable men and women to continue the momentum. The new Healthcare Management degree from WGU Washington addresses that need beautifully, providing up-to-date management training aligned with the 21st-century healthcare environment."

Coursework in WGU Washington'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 Washington degree offerings, 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 $6,000 per year for most programs – regardless of the number of courses completed. Because WGU Washington's programs are self-paced, many students are able to accelerate their studies, finishing their degrees sooner, which saves both time and money. As a result, the average time to complete a bachelor's degree at WGU Washington 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 http://washington.wgu.edu/business/healthcare_management_bachelor_degree.

About WGU Washington

WGU Washington was established by the State Legislature in 2011 in partnership with nationally recognized and accredited Western Governors University to expand access to higher education for Washington residents.

The state-endorsed, online university offers more than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education and Health Professions, including Nursing. WGU Washington's competency-based learning model is designed to meet the needs of working adults by providing an affordable, flexible option for earning an accredited, respected college degree. It's non-profit and receives no money from the state.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally 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)*.

The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education and Zions Bank.

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