By Kelsi Ortega – Healthcare Management is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing industries in today’s economy The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates there will be 5.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018, with growth up to 33 percent by 2018. With this prodigious industry growth and massive changes in Federal policies, new challenges — such as a complicated network of laws, expanded coding, enhanced quality control checks and more rigorous standards of care — require a new skill set to make the healthcare system work effectively. That’s precisely why William Jewell College is making curriculum changes to ensure students are equipped with the knowledge and skill to help meet and solve these challenges.
The Department of Business and Leadership, in cooperation with the Nursing Department, has been developing a curriculum minor for the RN to BSN program. The Healthcare Management minor is designed to help nursing students become more adept at the business side of the industry, which in today’s environment has become as necessary as quality care of patients. The program will be comprised of classes in organization, management, healthcare economics, accounting healthcare and leadership. Dr. Kelli Schutte, one of the business professors helping with the project said, “I believe the Healthcare Management program will be an important addition to Jewell and will enhance students’ interdisciplinary skills, which are needed in the field. The program will help nurses succeed not only with their patients, but with the hospital as a company.”
The Healthcare Management minor is designed to strengthen an already strong and well-respected nursing program and will also be another first in the school’s history, with all courses being available online. The program is scheduled to begin January 2014.