Galveston College has begun accepting applications for admission to its new Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management (BAS-HCM) degree program, which will start in fall 2019.
Dr. Tirizia York, director of the program, said the purpose of the BAS-HCM program is to prepare students who already possess associate degrees in allied health fields for entry- to mid-level management positions in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, emergency medical services, public health agencies or similar organizations. The upper-level courses in the program will be delivered primarily via distance education with some face-to-face meetings each semester.
According to the Texas Workforce Commission, there will be an average of 275 openings each year in the Gulf Coast Workforce Area for healthcare managers. This represents a 32 percent increase from 2014 to 2024.
Statewide predictions indicate there will be 1,070 annual job openings in this career field, which is a 29 percent increase from 2014 to 2024. All of these healthcare management positions will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
The admissions criteria and program application are available on the Galveston College website at https://gc.edu/healthcare-management/. Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the summer, but the priority review will begin on June 3.