INDIANAPOLIS – To address an urgent shortage of healthcare professionals needed to navigate an increasingly complex healthcare system, WGU Indiana is now offering a first-of-its-kind Bachelor of Science in Health Services Coordination (BSHSC) degree program. The program, which began accepting applications Sept. 1, will prepare graduates to coordinate among healthcare providers, patients, caregivers and services to improve the effectiveness, safety and efficiency of an evolving healthcare system.
In addition to medical coordination skills, students will develop competencies in leadership skills, cultural awareness, patient-centered care coordination, and the ability to identify and intervene with high-risk patients through WGU Indiana’s proprietary Professional Leadership and Communication course.
“Value-based healthcare careers are in high demand, and this new degree program aligns curriculum with current workforce needs,” said Alison Bell, chancellor of WGU Indiana. “It is just one more way WGU Indiana is providing quality, competency-based education to current and prospective healthcare professionals looking to launch or advance their careers in Indiana.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in health services coordination will increase 20% by 2026. This degree program will benefit students new to health professions, while also creating a bachelor's degree pathway for experienced pre- and paraprofessionals, medical assistants, certified nursing assistants (CNAs), home health aides, EMTs, paramedics, and military medics seeking job security or promotion. BSHSC graduates will be prepared to navigate emerging value-based care systems, promote patient-centered holistic care, and provide integrated care management.
The BSHSC, like all WGU Indiana degree programs, is competency-based, allowing students to study and learn on their own schedules and advance as soon as they demonstrate mastery of course materials. The university’s affordable tuition of approximately $7,000 per year and flexible learning model make it possible for busy students to earn an accredited degree on a tight schedule.
Details of the program are available at www.wgu.edu/BShealthservices. For more information on WGU Indiana, visit www.wgu.edu/indiana or follow the university on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.