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UW-Eau Claire to Offer Certificate
Program in Health Care Administration

 MAILED:  May 18, 2004

EAU CLAIRE - A new graduate certificate program aimed at increasing the number of people becoming licensed and proficient as health and aging services administrators will be offered at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire beginning in the fall.

The graduate certificate program in health and aging services administration will help meet the future management needs of the profession by assisting people with previous education and work experience in advancing their skills and potentially becoming licensed as administrators, said Dr. Doug Olson, assistant professor of allied health professions.

The demand is growing for well-educated administrators in the health and aging services profession because the nation's population is aging, there are significantly more alternative living options for seniors, chronic care conditions increasingly influence the health system, and the health care industry is more quickly moving patients from hospitals to rehabilitation-type facilities, Olson said.

"There has been a huge increase in the number of independent living, assisted living, and other similar rehabilitation and recuperative facilities," said Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, assistant professor of allied health professions. "There aren't enough appropriately educated graduates to meet the leadership needs of those facilities.

To qualify for the certificate program, students must have a bachelor's degree and at least two years of professional work experience, preferably in the management or health care fields. Registered nurses enrolled in UW-Eau Claire's nursing programs also can participate in the certificate program, Johs-Artisensi said. The program is planning on only accepting 20 students the first year.

The program requires students to complete modules in quality service, resource management, human resources and health services leadership. The program has regionally recognized business and consulting firms serving as educational partners with each of the modules. The partners are Pathway Health Services, Wipfli, MRA Associates and Zimmerman Communi-care. Students also must design and complete a field project, applying the skills and knowledge they learned in the program.

The excellence of UW-Eau Claire's undergraduate program in health care administration was considered when the certificate program was developed, Olson said. Undergraduate students can take the courses during their required yearlong practicums, he said, noting that faculty and students are excited about the enhanced educational opportunity, which will ensure that graduates are even better prepared to meet the needs of the health care field as it exists today.

"By combining the certificate students and the undergraduate students, we'll have students in age from their 20s to their 50s coming together four times a year," Olson said. "It will be an interesting dynamic. I think they'll learn a great deal from each other and get even more from the program."

This program is supported by the Wisconsin Health Care Association and the Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aged. It has been approved as a special educational program of study by the Wisconsin Licensing Board for Long-Term Care Administrators.

For more information about the graduate certificate program, contact Meredith Wolf at (715) 836-3543 or wolfm@uwec.edu.

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Updated: June 8, 2004