RIC to offer new BS in health care administration

Rhode Island College will meet the educational needs for students planning careers in the high-demand health care field with a newly created degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (HCA). The first class of HCA degree candidates will begin in fall 2011.

Health care is the largest industry in the U.S. – and one of the fastest growing locally. A Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training forecast indicates the industry will add more than 10,000 new health care jobs by 2014, and 23 percent of new jobs created in the state are expected to be in health care.

As a baccalaureate-level program, the RIC’s HCA degree fills a need currently under-served in the New England region. While community college programs address jobs at the lower level and graduate school degrees target more advanced jobs, RIC’s health care program will both prepare students for supervisory and entry-level management positions and provide them with the necessary educational foundation for entry into graduate health care administration programs.

The four-year, 120-credit degree program will be administered in the School of Management.

“The School of Management at Rhode Island College offers the only four-year health care administration degree in the region, affording our students a ground-floor opportunity to help people while enjoying a high-paying and fulfilling career in the dynamic and burgeoning health care industry,” said David Blanchette, dean of the School of Management. “Our individualized instruction, 21st century facilities and progressive, interdisciplinary program open the door to a future of realized promise.”

The HCA program was crafted using accrediting body standards, best practices of existing programs around the nation, and the recommendations of experts.

The major includes an internship and utilizes courses from 18 different majors. For their restricted electives, students are offered choices within gerontology, human resource management, informatics, management foundations and wellness.

“The HCA degree program represents a unique collaboration between RIC’s highly regarded schools of Management and Nursing, with significant contributions from the college’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development,” said HCA program director Michael Hayden.

A minor in HCA will also be available.

For more information on RIC’s health care administration major, go to www.ric.edu/healthcareadministration or contact Michael Hayden at (401) 456-9591/mhayden@ric.edu.