Healthcare Administration Directors
Letter From the Healthcare Administration Program Director – Fall 2006 Welcome to our web site. Fall of 2006 finds us again welcoming a new class of students into our programs. Again nearly 30 students have indicated an early interest in practicum experiences next summer. Much of the credit for this interest is due to the work of our Student Healthcare Management Association (SHMA). They are planning a trip to the University of Minnesota in October. This gives the students the opportunity to become familiar with the school and its graduate programs as well as the opportunity to visit with fellows from the program.
Again this year SHMA will assist us with the Spring Institute, scheduled for April 12 and 13, 2006 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. This continuing education program has a long tradition of partnering with the Minnesota and North Dakota chapters of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). The last several years the North Dakota chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has also participated. This institute provides area healthcare managers and executives with access to national level speakers addressing current issues confronting us today.
In May 2006 Ryn Pitts and I led a group of healthcare management and pre-med majors to Europe. We spent 24 days visiting the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, and Germany studying how they organize and finance their healthcare delivery systems and the impact that has on access to care, cost of care, and quality of care. The trip was a great success and our European hosts invited us back. We plan another trip during May of 2007.
The curriculum of the Healthcare Management major features a core of business courses and a core of healthcare courses. Students then may select from a variety of other courses to complete their Healthcare Management major. Certificates in Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Financial Management or Long-term Care Administration can be earned depending upon the courses the students elect to take beyond the core courses. We believe the curriculum serves students by providing them with flexibility in selecting areas of study in which to focus while providing them with a broad foundation through the core courses.
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Our most exciting news of the year is the Five-Year NAB Accreditation received by the Program. The Board of Governors of the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators formally approved the Accreditation at NAB’s Annual Meeting on June 9, 2006. Concordia College becomes only the 6th Academic Program in the nation to receive NAB Accreditation. The Accreditation process and the list of approved programs are listed on NAB’s website.
As of September our Program had not been added to the Website, but please check back, it will be added soon.
Once again I want to thank our Practicum Preceptors for working with our students and supporting our Program. Ten students completed their Long Term Care Practicum this past academic year. The names of the students and preceptors are listed on this website. If any administrators are interested in hearing more about the Practicum experience, please contact me.
We are excited about the all the activity in the Healthcare Management Program. We are in the second year of our revised curriculum which awards a Major in Healthcare Management. The Major is earned by the completion of one or more of our programs: Healthcare Administration, Long Term Care Administration, or Healthcare Financial Management. We continue to be grateful to the many healthcare professionals who lecture to our classes, sharing their experience and passion for healthcare services. In addition to the coursework and practicum, the Student Healthcare Management Association (SHMA) is very active with meetings, field trips, and other extra-curricular educational and social experiences.
Please review both the Healthcare Management and the SHMA websites for more information, and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments about our Program.