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UW-Eau Claire Offers New Online Certificate Program for Health and Aging Services Professionals

RELEASED: July 27, 2009

My SeniorCare Edvantage logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire now offers an online health management certificate program to help individuals develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to better serve residents, manage current operations and capitalize on future opportunities in the senior care business environment.

The My SeniorCare Edvantage program, which begins this fall, is offered in partnership with My InnerView, a provider of quality improvement solutions for the senior care profession. The program is for those pursuing licensure as nursing home administrators, seeking professional development to advance their education and/or making a job transition to the long-term-care field.

The certificate consists of 11 courses that cover topics such as person-focused care, evidence-based quality, data management, finance, human resources, marketing, laws and regulations, and leadership. Courses are taught online, can be taken individually and have no on-campus requirement. All program courses have been approved by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards and will be taught primarily by UW-Eau Claire faculty, with consultation from My InnerView staff.

"Students earning the My SeniorCare Edvantage certificate can expect to learn best practices for operating senior care organizations, strategies in developing quality assurance processes and ways to proactively plan for dynamic changes in the senior care profession," said Dr. Douglas Olson, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence.

"Our goal is to raise the level of management proficiency and bench strength of senior care organizations so that ultimately professionals and organizations as a whole, can better serve residents," he said.

The certificate program will offer convenience and flexibility, said Cynthia Hofacker, instructional program manager in the UW-Eau Claire College of Business and My SeniorCare Edvantage program coordinator.

"Adult learners and their employers can decide if it's best to take for-credit or continuing education units, and the online delivery format provides flexibility — no need to drive to campus, take time from work, hire a babysitter or travel for a seminar," she said. "The courses are up-to-date and practical. Learners will be able to put into practice tomorrow what they are learning today."

Students can register for courses on the program's Web site. Additional registration information is available from Hofacker at 715-836-2488 or hofackcm@uwec.edu.

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