RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – To address an urgent shortage of healthcare professionals needed to navigate an increasingly complex healthcare system, WGU North Carolina is now offering a first-of-its-kind Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Coordination (BSHSC). The degree program, which began accepting applications September 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.
WGU North Carolina is an affiliate of the national nonprofit online Western Governors University. Currently, more than 3,500 students are enrolled across North Carolina in the school’s four online colleges.
In addition to medical coordination skills, BSHSC students will develop competencies in leadership skills, cultural awareness, and patient-centered care coordination. They will also learn to identify and intervene with high-risk patients through WGU’s proprietary Professional Leadership and Communication course.
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 promotions. BSHSC graduates will be prepared to navigate emerging value-based care systems, promote patient-centered holistic care, and provide integrated care management.
“With many top-notch healthcare systems statewide, North Carolina is a leader in the healthcare sector,” said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt. “This degree program is specifically designed to offer individuals a pathway to a value-based healthcare career that is in high demand not only in our state but nationwide.”
The BSHSC, like all WGU 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. WGU’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.