IU Offers New BA in Health Care Management

Beginning with the fall semester 2005, Immaculata University´s College of LifeLong Learning offers a Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management. This is an accelerated degree completion program, housed in Immaculata´s new department of Health Science and Services.
Insights gained in educating nurses and in consulting with managers in a variety of health care settings inform the curriculum of the new Health Care Management program. Health care professionals with associate degrees or certificates from hospital programs will be able to acquire managerial, societal, and health care specific knowledge necessary to advance their career in today´s rapidly changing health care environment. The program will be of special interest to non-nurse administrators who have not yet completed a bachelor´s degree, and who are interested in overseeing and directing more effective care-giving by doctors´ offices, hospitals, community clinics, and insurance companies. Individuals not yet working in the health care industry but wishing to make a difference in this vital arena may want to enroll in this degree program to get the necessary preparation.
Students in the Health Care Management program focus on the acquisition of skills and knowledge and on the exploration of current challenges in the following areas:
• examination and practice of the managerial skills needed to deal effectively with management, staff, and consumers
• communication and negotiation skills, and the willingness to learn from the experience of others
• analysis and understanding of the rapidly-changing health care industry and of the reasons for this change

• knowledge of the federal, state, and local regulatory environments that impact health care
• ability to assess research regarding the impact of current health care management and policy issues
• appreciation of the societal context in which health care is delivered

The ACCEL® way of delivering education offers many benefits to working adults including the completion of the ACCEL® program in about two years; attendance only one night per week; acceptance of credits earned in and out of the classroom; honing of leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills; interaction with a small group of fellow learners; and peer support in a seminar environment.
Courses for the major in Health Care Management include legal and social aspects, contemporary issues, budgeting and financial management, community relations, and other important subjects in health care.
"As the availability, delivery, and cost of health care are becoming ever more important aspects of Americans´ lives, we are pleased to offer a program that provides health care professionals with the perspective necessary to guide and oversee various aspects of the industry," comments Dr. Elke Franke, Dean of the College of LifeLong Learning, on the new major in Health Care Management.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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