Nebraska lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States and is crossed by many historic trails once explored by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. With Healthcare booming in almost all parts of the country, Nebraska is no exception with an increasing for those pursing training in the field of Healthcare Management and Administration. The per capita personal income for Nebraska in 2004 was $31,339, putting them at 25th in the nation. Unlike other job markets in today’s economy, the Healthcare sector is one of the highest paid and fastest growing according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The many quality programs in Nebraska will help to fill the need for administrators and managers in Healthcare.
Kaplan University Lincoln
School of Professional and Continuing Education
The Lincoln Campus of Kaplan University was founded in 1884 as the Lincoln School of Commerce. It later became a branch of Iowa’s Hamilton College and in 2007, all seven Hamilton College campuses became part of Kaplan University. The Lincoln campus offers a wide variety of Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees with the choice of pursing an education via day, night, and online classes. The mission as stated by the University is preparing students to advance and succeed in their careers. Through innovative professional education, the School of Professional and Continuing Education helps individuals attain and/or maintain industry-recognized licensures, certifications, and designations”. Some of the benefits of enrolling at Kaplan include:
- In 2011 and 2012, GI Jobs magazine included the Lincoln campus in the top 20 percent of military-friendly schools in the country. Focus on ensuring that Kaplan Nebraska campus provides support to help service members pursue their educational and career goals.
- Most of our 40,000+ degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
Master of Business Administration
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Kaplan provides graduates with the skills to understand global issues, managing relationships across cultures, and growing businesses within an emerging world marketplace. The objective of Kaplan University’s Master of Business Administration program is “helping students pursue leadership positions in competitive business environments”. Those students who wish to pursue management careers in Healthcare Management can choose a sixteen-credit Healthcare Specialization track. Coursework includes Healthcare Operations and quality assessment, Health Policy, Healthcare Marketing and International epidemiology and global health. Completion of the Program requires 76 Credits.
Master of Healthcare Administration
The Master of Health Care Administration (MHA) program (a 52 credit hour program) prepares graduates for a wide variety of careers within the healthcare industry. Curriculum for the Masters program builds upon the student’s current knowledge and skills while adding emphasis on the concepts, values, research methods, and applications for positions of leadership in Healthcare Administration. Future job opportunities include careers in local, state, or federal government or in private industry. Core curriculum includes the following courses: health care administration; organizational development; leadership; health care finance and economics, law, and statistics; human resources; health care operations and quality assessment; health policy, ethics, and marketing; health information management; and community health assessment. Students learn the importance of applying principles of health care administration to develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills as future healthcare administrators. Program Outcomes include:
- Theory in Health Care: Comparing theoretical healthcare principles essential to leadership positions in healthcare careers.
- Health Care Management: Design strategies based on the concept of leadership and management within healthcare administration.
- Health Care Standards: Assessing the impact that economics, ethics, professional standards, and the law have in todays health care administration.
- Health Care Policy: Develop health programs and policies in addressing health care needs.
- Health Care Finance: Analyze statistical and financial methods in evaluating healthcare practice.
- Health Care Leadership: Assess value of diverse leadership theory to integrate solutions.
Master of Public Health
The goals of Public Health professionals are the overall health of a population, whether it is small communities or entire populations. Public Health efforts effect improvement of the health of populations by implementing health education programs, research of disease or injury relating to promoting healthy lifestyles. Public Health professional must be able to develop health policy and legislation, manage health services and facilities, and serve to further health initiatives. The 60-credit Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum provides core coursework in the core areas of public health. Core courses of the program include: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences. Graduates are prepared to apply principles of public health in real world situations to develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills. Students have the opportunity to choose elective courses in specific topics aligned to their specific interests within the field of public health. The completion of a capstone project is required to complete the program allowing students the experience to demonstrate readiness to enter the public health workforce. Program Outcomes include:
- Ability to demonstrate evidence-based approach in public health practice
- Use of epidemiological concepts in addressing population health problems
- Ability to effectively evaluate current health issues and policy
- Implementation of leadership, administrative, and communication skills through planning, organization, administration, and evaluation of public health programs and processes
- Evaluating concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences as they relate to identifying and affecting solution of public health problems.
Master of Science in Management Specialization in Healthcare Management
The Online Master of Science (MS) program provides students the ability to analyze current theory and trends of leadership, organizational behavior, social responsibility and ethics ineffectively designing strategic business decision. Students learn to develop the skills required to facilitate an organizational culture that supports business strategy and examine finance practices and human resource management in a global marketplace. A capstone research program integrates the theories learned in coursework with practical real-world application. The 16 credit Health Care Management Specialization include the following course:
- Healthcare Operations and Quality Assessment
- Healthcare Policy
- Healthcare Marketing
- International Epidemiology and Global Health
Kaplan University – Lincoln Campus
School of Professional and Continuing Education
1821 K Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
E-mail Form: http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/request-information.aspx
Program Website: http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/lincoln-nebraska/academic-programs.aspx
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)
National American University Bellevue
Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School
National American University (NAU) is a for profit university that is owned by National American University Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded company. NAU operates multiple locations across the United States as well as an online division that offers Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Management (MM) degrees. The Master’s Level programs provide their students a flexible curriculum with the skills and knowledge required for effective leadership and management. Some of the strengths of the school include:
- GetEducated.com ranked Nationals Universities MBA program in the “Top 25 Best Buys in Distance Learning MBAs”
- Graduate degree programs available include a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Management degree, and a Master of Science in Nursing
- Degree offerings vary by location
- In August 2008, the graduate studies program was renamed the Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School, in honor of the late owner of the university
- Graduate degrees are also offered primarily online
Master of Business Administration with Emphasis in Health Care Management
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides students with a curriculum that combines the traditional MBA content areas as well with the rapidly changing skills required for effective leadership and management. Coursework explores the perspective of the global business environment in making regionally relevant decisions for your organization. The MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management can be completed in as little as 12 months with the flexibility of a completely online program or a combination of both on-campus and online to complete your degree. The blended model of learning allows face-to-face support while enjoying the convenience of taking classes online. Students who select the Healthcare Administration Concentration option must complete the MBA core courses for the healthcare Management emphasis along with the following elective courses:
- Fiscal and Regulatory Issues in Health Services
- Global Issues in Healthcare
- Health Care Administration and Policy Seminar
This concentration provides a foundation for current fiscal, regulatory, and global issues in health care from a management perspective, as well as helps students to understand the connection between healthcare administration and healthcare policy.
Master of Management in Healthcare Management
The Master of Management (MM) degree program provides students to develop their management knowledge, skills, and abilities with a holistic view of the organization. Curriculum provides both a practical and a theoretical grounding in business, management and leadership, combined with the opportunity for specialization in an area to meet future career goals. The concentration in Health Care Management provides an opportunity to expand their skills in the business and management sector with emphasis in healthcare. The increasing demand for experienced professionals with a strong business background in healthcare is continuing to grow exponentially. Those professionals possessing a strong educational background in both business and Healthcare are prepared for career opportunities in large hospitals, clinics, private practices, home healthcare facilities, government facilities, and more. For those busy adults, with prior work, students can earn an MM in Healthcare Management degree in as little as 12 months. The program is available in a completely online format or a combination of both on-campus and online to complete your degree.
Students can pursue a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master’s of Management (MM) simultaneously, allowing them the flexibility needed to enhance their education and future career opportunities. By pursuing the MBA and MM degrees, you can bring together the knowledge and skills in both areas of study and not put their business career on hold. The Master of Business Administration program provides students coursework to advance their skills and knowledge in the fundamentals of business. The core program courses provide students the skills to enhance their analytical and practical skills in the areas of accounting, finance, economics, information systems, marketing, quantitative methods and leadership. Choosing an emphasis area provide students with an opportunity to tailor the program to meet their specific career goals. Emphasis areas available include accounting, human resources, information systems, health care administration and management.
The Master of Management program offers graduates the skills needed to expand their knowledge and skills base in the area of management. The program is designed to provide students with coursework to develop their management knowledge, skills and abilities along with a holistic view of the organization. Courses include a focus on management issues including human resources, marketing, information technology, finance and accounting, leadership, communication and international business. The Masters degree program requires 54 credit hours and consists of 12 courses. For added flexibility students can pursue their studies in a traditional classroom setting or as online format.
National American University Bellevue
Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School
3604 Summit Plaza Dr.
Bellevue, NE 68123
Program Website: http://webapps.national.edu/Smart_Catalog/Graduate_catalog/harold-d-buckingham-graduate-school_0.htm
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE),
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) North Central Association
Nebraska Methodist College
Josie Harper Campus
Located in Omaha Nebraska, Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) is part of the Methodist Health System, a private health professions institution and one of the largest health systems in Nebraska. MNC was established in 1891. With a current enrollment of almost 100 students, NMC provides outstanding undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in nursing and allied health. Students gain the skills and experience they need in becoming valuable contributors to society through service-learning experiences, community-based education, and leadership development incorporated throughout the curriculum. NMC offers programs in Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Imaging Sciences, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Operations Management, and Health Promotion Management. The Mission as Stated by the university is “As a health professions institution, providing the educational experiences for the development of individuals so they may positively influence the health and well-being of the community”. The Josie Harper Campus of Nebraska Methodist College opened in September 2005. The 26,000 square foot Riley Leinart Center serves as an office building for faculty, staff and administrative personnel and houses classrooms and the Nursing Skills Laboratory. The Clark Center, a 75,000 square foot building, opened in January 2006 and includes the Bookstore, Library, Computer Lab, Campus Health Center, Fitness Center, Student Center, and many laboratories and classrooms in the facility.
Master of Science in Academic Program Administration and Leadership
The sixteen-month online Master of Science (MS) in Academic Program Administration and Leadership program is designed for working professionals that desire professional advancement and personal growth in administrative careers in healthcare education (clinical coordinator, program director, dean, senior administrator). The MS in Academic Program Administration and Leadership allows students to understand the trends in higher education, and the complexities for those in careers as administrators. Curriculum provides the knowledge and skills needed for careers as an educator and academic administrator in college or university settings as well as hospitals or community agency. Coursework will focus on:
- Educational theories and methodology
- Curriculum design
- Course and program assessment
- Budgeting and financial management
- Human resources management for higher education
- Academic administration
- Issues and trends in higher education
- Challenges in healthcare education
- Leadership theories and application
- Instructional design
- External funding and grant writing
Master of Science in Health Promotion Management
The Master of Science (MS) in Health Promotion Management program is offered in a flexible online format that can be completed in as little as 16 months. No matter if a students background is marketing, exercise science, human resources or other health-related fields, the Master’s Degree is key in advancing their skills and career. The program combines elements in wellness with the science of business management to provide graduates skills to become future leaders and managers with the organizational, financial, management and communication skills needed to assess, apply and improve wellness within an organizational. Those students pursing a degree in health promotion management learn to assess wellness situations in any environment and can implement programs, demonstrate to management measurable and beneficial changes in employee wellness to have a direct impact on an organization’s bottom line. Students can earn their degree in the following way:
- The program requires 33 credit hours for completion.
- Courses are five weeks long, with one week off between courses.
- Students can access courses any time and from anywhere with Internet access.
Master of Science in Healthcare Operations Management
A Master of Science (MS) in Healthcare Operations Management s program provides a solid foundation for management and leadership with an application-based curriculum allowing graduates the skills to effectively manage integrating people, systems and processes in any healthcare environment. The Healthcare Industry has been in a dramatic evolution and likewise the jobs of those who oversee healthcare operations and management. Healthcare Managers are required to improve and guide the productivity and efficiency of operations in their organizations. With an online Master of Science in Healthcare Operations Management, students are ready to skillfully meet the challenges.
- Instructors are industry leaders
- A unique delivery method with courses taught in 1-credit, 4-week modules
- Students have flexibility in choosing how many courses to take at a time, which effects the time period in completing the program
- Completion of the masters degree requires 32 credit hours
The Josie Harper Campus
Molly Atherton – Dean of Students
720 N. 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68114
Program Website: http://www.methodistcollege.edu/health-professions
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (AAHEP)
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
Careers in Healthcare Administration are crucial to the futures of the facilities they manage and the overall health care system. With an estimated 300,000 people now serving in health administration, they are those managing hospitals, nursing homes, physical group practices, and home heath agencies. Health Care Administrators are often responsible for budgeting, establishing healthcare standards for their organizations and to make general staff and strategic policy decisions. With the growing need for filling this ever-growing need in the Healthcare marketplace, Nebraska has a variety of graduate programs in Healthcare Management and Administration that will help to fill this area of need.