Health Care Education at the University of Saint Mary

Health care is evolving quickly, and health care workers have to evolve as well. In many cases, that means workers need more education to develop new skills and knowledge. The founders of the University of Saint Mary, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, are known for their longtime commitment to health care and health care education as a method for helping to meet society’s most urgent needs. Today, the university provides online health care programs that help health care professionals meet and even surpass the higher standards of education in today’s fast-moving and rapidly growing industry.

Online Nursing Courses

Demand for nurses with advanced credentials is high — the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth for RNs to rise 19 percent from 2012 to 2022.*

  • Industry associations are calling for nurses to return to the classroom to stay current with new technologies, think more critically and holistically, and keep up with the complex nature of health care today.
  • In 2010, the Institute of Medicine called for 80 percent of registered nurses in the U.S. workforce to hold a BSN by 2020, pointing to the growing shift in educational standards and expectations.

To that end, the University of Saint Mary offers nursing courses online for working nurses to achieve greater levels of education with maximum convenience and flexibility.

RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)
The RN-BSN is a bachelor’s-completion program that emphasizes professional practice and knowledge of nursing in the 21st century. Coursework focuses on health assessment, pathophysiology, research, community health and more. Our RN-BSN is one of CCNE’s accredited online nursing programs.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The online MSN focuses on leadership and advanced skills for supervisory and high-level roles in the field. Students can choose from two specializations reflecting growing needs in the field: Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator.

The University of Saint Mary also instills within nursing students a sense of community through coursework that incorporates Sister Simone Roach’s Five C’s of Caring – Commitment, Conscience, Competence, Compassion, and Confidence. With these concepts as a foundation for their nursing practice, nursing program graduates develop robust leadership and decision-making skills that benefit their patients as well as society as a whole. The MSN program is accredited by CCNE.

Health Management Programs

The health care industry needs business and management experts with the skills to leverage the massive amounts of information it requires and generates into both business success and high-quality patient care. The University of Saint Mary has two programs that combine management education and health care, preparing graduates to meet the demand for professionals with these specific abilities.

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
This bachelor’s completion program teaches students to bridge clinical, operational, and administrative services through a specialized understanding of information technology, management techniques, and data analysis. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) certification exam.

MBA with Health Care Management Concentration
Health care organizations maintain operations using business principles. The Health Care Management concentration of the online MBA focuses on business practices and theories as applied to this specific industry. Graduates develop advanced skills in business expertise and related legal and ethical issues.

Health care offers career fulfillment on many levels. The University of Saint Mary is proud to be able to provide top-quality health care programs that prepare you to help shape the future of this vital industry and create a healthier society.

Take the Next Step

Learn more about how the University of Saint Mary online and on-campus programs can help you advance your career and achieve your goals. Call us at today at 877-307-4915 to speak to an Admissions Advisor or request more information.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited July 15, 2015).