WWU Offers Healthcare Management MBA

William Woods University is offering mid-Missouri residents the opportunity to pursue a master of business administration (MBA) degree with healthcare management concentration. Best of all, it can be done without quitting work.

This unique degree appeals to both hospital-based managers/services and those involved in ancillary service positions. Additionally, the program reaches individuals in private practice support services.

The program will be offered in both Columbia and Jefferson City. The Columbia orientation will begin at 6 p.m. March 3 at the William Woods facility in Columbia, 3100 Falling Leaf Ct. The Jefferson City orientation will begin at 6 p.m. March 15 at the William Woods facility in Jefferson City, 3405 West Truman Blvd.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at cgas@williamwoods.edu.

As a registered nurse, Pearl Lariosa believed an MBA with healthcare management concentration would “be very beneficial in the future.”

Lariosa, a nurse at St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City, was one of the first students to pursue an MBA with this emphasis through William Woods University.

“I was glad when they started the healthcare management program because of my line of work,” said Lariosa, who graduated in December 2004.

The 36-hour degree program for full-time working adults is designed to equip the healthcare management professional with focused skills and knowledge for professional practice. This is an 80-week MBA with four specific healthcare courses integrated into the program: Overview of Healthcare Management, Legal Aspects of Healthcare Management, Healthcare Economics and Healthcare Human Resources.

Blending theory and practice, the program uses a cohort model to make a truly applications-oriented program. Janet Wolken, a registered nurse for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, explained the benefit of the cohort model:

“The WWU classes are arranged with a facilitator instead of an instructor so we can share the knowledge each of us as adults have.”

Students choose to enroll in the William Woods program for a variety of reasons.

Lariosa chose the program “because of its flexible program designed for full-time working adults with family to raise.”

Wolken, who graduated last August, decided to attend WWU because of a friend.

“I was working on my pre-req’s at another college when a friend called and asked if I would consider changing to WWU,” said the mother of three.

“Because William Woods offered the healthcare management emphasis and because I liked the way the program was organized, I decided to switch. You know the order of the classes and when they are scheduled, but, more importantly, you know when you will graduate.”

The students were impressed overall with the program and plan to recommend it to others.

“Most of my friends don’t believe that they can still do their master’s degree and work and take care of a family,” commented Lariosa. “I will tell them that the WWU program understands the needs of working adults who want to further their education.”

Wolken added, “My overall impression of the program has been that WWU cares about its students and will assist them as necessary. I have a positive image of the WWU administration.”

William Woods University has sought to find synergy among all healthcare professionals with classes taught by the area’s leading healthcare experts.

Bud Smith, healthcare executive and facilitator for WWU’s MBA with healthcare concentration, said, “I am very much aware of the need for an advanced healthcare degree for anyone seeking to move up in management and leadership positions, whether it be hospital- based or private practice groups.”

More information about WWU’s Graduate and Adult Studies program is available on the William Woods website at www.williamwoods.edu.