Methodist College Offers New Degree in Healthcare Management

The Methodist College Board of Directors has approved a new Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management degree to begin in the fall 2019 semester. The degree is for individuals interested in a management career in a healthcare organization. The degree program is ideal for students coming straight out of high school, community college transfer students, or working professionals who want to gain additional knowledge and skills to grown in careers with healthcare organizations.

The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council identified the healthcare manager as one of the top ten jobs in the 2017-2018 Greater Peoria Talent Forecast. Healthcare managers can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, physician practices, or non-profit organizations. Students in the healthcare management curriculum at Methodist College will develop a strong knowledge and understanding about healthcare systems in the United States including health policy, financial and human resources practices, law and ethics in healthcare, and strategic and operations management. In addition, the program has an internship requirement which will allow students to gain hands-on experience in a healthcare setting within their area of interest.

“With the demand for healthcare managers expected to grow by 20% over the next 5 to 10 years, Methodist College is positioned to meet that need,” said Candace Florence, program director of the healthcare management program. “The flexibility of the program, including online courses, allows for individuals who are already working in healthcare to schedule their education around their work schedule."

Previously the college offered a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. The new degree program has been developed to include best practices in health management and policy education as outlined by national education organizations.

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management curriculum includes 43 general education credits, 41 healthcare management credits and 36 elective credits. With Methodist College’s extensive arts and sciences curriculum students are able to take all of the program requirements at the college, or transfer in eligible credits from other accredited institutions.

Additional information about the program, including an outline of the curriculum, is available at www.methodistcol.edu/healthcare-management, or individuals can contact a Recruitment Coordinator at (309) 672-5513. Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester with an admissions deadline of July 31.