Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Midland College offers new bachelor's degree

• Online program's classes start January 17

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

During the past year, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted Midland College (MC) approval to offer a baccalaureate degree in Health Services Management. Classes for MC’s newest bachelor’s degree begin January 17.

MC’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree is designed to meet the growing need for managers in large healthcare organizations and smaller healthcare entities, such as physician practices, group practices, clinics or other health services. The program is intended for students with associate degrees in allied health/health sciences, nursing, information technology, computer science and business.

The program’s core courses are based on best practices in current healthcare systems management and include topics such as public and community health, legal issues, healthcare system trends, statistics, communications, financial and risk management and supervision. All required upper-level courses are offered completely online.

“There are way more jobs in health information and health management than there are people to fill them,” explained Elizabeth Neichter, acting program chair and faculty member in the Health Services Management program. “Graduates not only find employment in healthcare organizations, but also obtain jobs working for large zoos, the Department of Defense, the World Health Organization and insurance companies, just to name a few. Those who complete this degree will be experts in retrieving information and making it secure and accessible. It’s a great career combining science and technology and is perfect for people who enjoy working independently.”

Neichter said that people who have baccalaureate degrees in Health Services Management or a related field can expect an average starting annual salary of $60,000.

Midland College is the only school in Texas offering an online degree in this field. Three tracks are available—Health Care Administration, Health Information Management and Health Informatics. Applications are now being accepted. For more information, email Melinda Teel at mteel@midland.edu, call the Midland College Health Sciences Division Office at 432/685-4600 or visit www.midland.edu/bas

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