Mount Mercy to offer two new accelerated degrees

Degrees offered in health care administration, leadership

By Chelsea Keenan, The Gazette
Published: June 16 2014 | 5:00 pm - Updated: 16 June 2014 | 7:31 pm in Higher education,

Starting this fall, Mount Mercy University will add two accelerated degree programs in health care.

The bachelor’s degree programs in health care administration and health care leadership are designed to accommodate working adults and classes will be held during evening hours.

The health care administration program prepares transfer students for management positions while health care leadership is designed for students who have an associate degree in allied health professions, which includes billing specialists, dental hygienists and Licensed Practical Nurses.

It will focus on the leadership, strategic planning and management skills needed to become a successful organizer in the health care field.

“The health care administration program fills critical needs in the education of health care managers by offering a curriculum that integrates strong management skills with ethical decision-making and emphasizes quality care,” said Colette Atkins, assistant provost for accelerated programs at Mount Mercy University.

The health care administration program incorporates business courses, such as principles of management, with health care administration courses, including health care law.

Atkins said Mount Mercy decided to offer these programs after looking at the projected needs for health care workers across the country and in the community.

“Both of these accelerated degree programs are designed to springboard students into a fulfilling career,” she said.

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