Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) is pleased to announce a new Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in Health Services Management, awarded after a minimum of two years’ time and upon the completion of 60 credits. Participating students receive a solid foundation for attaining an entry-level clinical management position in a variety of health settings.
Created to address demand in the job market and developed on a career track, the program provides students with the tools to compete for jobs in a growing field of employment.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical and health services managers in Pennsylvania will grow approximately 11 percent by 2014, and medical and health service managers can expect approximately 374 openings per year.
“This is a very progressive, in-demand career option,” said Eileen Kearney, assistant marketing professor and program coordinator. “The health care industry is changing dramatically and with that certainly comes a lot of opportunities.”
“If someone is going into a career program, we want to make sure they’re equipped to go to work [with a] seamless transition from MCCC right into a Health Service Management position…that’s critical,” she added.
Program graduates will be equipped to pursue positions such as health services office coordinator, assistant manager or manager in a variety of health care industries ,including dermatology, cardiology, ophthalmology, chiropractic or family practice.
The curriculum includes a balanced blend of Management and Health Sciences courses and is flexible enough to tailor to a student’s specific interests within those disciplines. Program requirements include classes such as Medical Terminology, Health Insurance & Professional Billing, Information Systems for Management, Electronic Medical Records Management and Human Resources Management. Available concentrations include Medical Coding and Holistic Health Studies.
The program also works in conjunction with related certifications at the college.
“A student may be coming here to get their Medical Assisting certificate, which is 34 credits. Part of the beauty of this is that all of those 34 credits from that certificate will transfer right in [to this program] and that then becomes a stackable degree,” said Kearney.
The program began in January 2011 and has already exceeded early expectations. Initial projections called for 12-15 students but 23 are currently enrolled. Under the recommended semester timelines, the first program graduates are expected in 2013.
by Tamara Measler