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Health services administration degree coming to Watertown

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North country residents looking to boost their health care career may soon enroll in a bachelor’s of science degree in health services administration.

Officials from Jefferson Community College and Bryant and Stratton colleges signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday, forming a partnership to offer Bryant and Stratton’s health services administration degree at Jefferson Community College, part time.

“The other programs have been very much for applied practitioners,” said Carole A. McCoy, JCC president. “Having worked in a hospital years ago, there’s a whole world of health care management we weren’t doing years ago to support that. We knew Bryant and Stratton’s program was very strong.”

JCC already offers many educational opportunities for people looking to have, or move up in, health care jobs. From a pharmacy technician certificate program to an associates degree in nursing, and a family nurse practitioner program, JCC has partnered with many institutions to bring programs to its Coffeen Street campus.

Susan K. Cumoletti, Bryant and Stratton’s director of Syracuse colleges, said the health services administration degree will be designed for full-time working professionals who will attend on-campus, evening classes twice per week.

While Bryant and Stratton offers the degree online, giving the potential for people enrolled in the program at JCC to have more classes, people will be encouraged to remain on campus.

“We’re going to watch the demand level for the first couple of cohorts and then make adjustments,” Mrs. Cumoletti said.

John J. Staschak, Bryant and Stratton president, said he anticipates the class to start in the fall with eight or 10 students. At least three people have already shown interest in enrollment.

“It provides a career path,” Mr. Staschak said. “Most medical facilities here probably prefer that four-year degree for management training.”

According to information from the U.S. Department of Labor, obtained by Mrs. Cumoletti, health services managers titles may include nursing home administrators, clinical managers, health information managers and assistant administrators, among other titles. Career opportunities may open up with health care providers or suppliers, insurance organization and policy organizations.

The health services administration degree is a part of the JCC’s Jefferson Higher Education Center initiative, which provides increased access to baccalaureate and advanced degrees.

Major requirements include, but are not limited to, courses in medical terminology, accounting, long-term care management and health care finance.

For more information about application and admission information about the health services administration degree, people may contact Heather Macknik, director of admission’s at Bryant and Stratton’s Syracuse North campus, at 652-6500.

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