Adams State offers Health Care Administration degree at PCC

(04-15-2009)

Adams State College School of Business crosses the mountain and will offer a bachelor's degree in Health Care Administration for Pueblo Community College students, starting fall 2009 semester. The new partnership will provide an educational program that leads directly to excellent, high-paying managerial careers in the medical profession.

Adams State professors will teach a contemporary health care leadership and management curriculum on PCC's Pueblo campus. The program includes a valuable, local internship experience for students at a hospital or medical facility.

Adams State Business Professors Richard Vallone and Armando Valdez, initiated the partnership. "We are very excited to present this opportunity to students in the Pueblo area," Vallone said.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for people in the Pueblo region to acquire the credentials they need to work in high-demand, professional positions," said Dr. David Cockrell, PCC's dean of Business and Technology. "All of the classes will be taught in classrooms by highly qualified instructors."

The Health Care Administration degree program is aimed at meeting an acute nationwide need now and in the future for qualified administrators in hospitals and a variety of other health care facilities. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of medical and health services managers to grow 16 percent through 2016, faster than the average for all other occupations.

Managers in all settings are needed to improve quality and efficiency of health care while controlling costs and overseeing the computerization and security of patient records. They also are needed to recruit workers, increase employee retention, comply with changing regulations, implement new technology and help improve the health of their communities by emphasizing preventive care.

Salary levels for such administrators are substantial. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings for medical and health services managers is $73,340. Employment is typically found in general medical and surgical hospitals; outpatient care centers; offices of physicians; nursing care facilities, and home health care services.

For more information contact Vallone at 719-587-7676 or Valdez at 719-587-7511 or visit the http://www2.adams.edu/academics/business/hca/.

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By Linda Relyea