Limestone Offers New Degree Program in Health Care Administration
stethoscopeA new Limestone College degree program in health care administration may be just what the doctor ordered for students interested in management and administration as well as contributing to the well-being of others.

The comprehensive program focuses on areas specific to the health care industry such as health care policy, finance, law, and economics.

While the health care courses at this time will be offered through Limestone's highly popular Extended Campus Internet program, the other courses necessary for the new major will be available in the Day Program and the Extended Campus Classroom program as well as via the Internet.

Graduates of the program will earn their bachelor of science degree in health care administration. According to Dr. Penelope Nall, who designed the degree, students in the program will be able to further specialize their education by adding health care administration electives such as health care information systems, quality management, politics of health care, and by participating in health care internships. Nall serves as Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Finance, and Accounting at Limestone.

"This is all about serving our students," said Nall. "We believe it is important to tailor their options to provide them with as many (career) choices as possible, instead of attempting a one-size-fits-all approach. With more distinct degrees to choose from, we hope to offer them the best of all opportunities in the business world."

While many of the country's industries are slow to recover from the stagnant U.S. economy, careers in health care continue to grow. According to U.S. News & World Report, hospitals, which employ more than four million people, added 135,000 jobs in 2008 and 19,400 more in the first half of 2009 alone. "The demand for talented leaders in the health care industry is only going to go up," said Jane Groves told the New York Times. Groves is a Senior Vice President at Integrated Health Care Strategies, an executive search and consulting firm in Kansas City, Mo. "All of that demand can't and shouldn't be filled by people already working in health care."

For more information about or to register for Limestone's Health Care Administration program, call the college's Registrar's Office at 488-4544.