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Peirce College Partners With Area Employers to Launch New Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration


Peirce College Partners With Area Employers to Launch New Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration

PHILADELPHIA, May 10, 2016 -- Today, Peirce College, Philadelphia’s leading college for adult learners, announced the launch of its second master's degree program in response to the evolving needs of Philadelphia’s healthcare industry. With the curriculum developed in collaboration with local employers, Peirce’s Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) will equip students with relevant healthcare leadership and management skills identified by regional healthcare organizations.

“As the industry adapts to the evolving regulatory framework introduced by the Affordable Care Act, there is an increased need for skilled leaders to guide their teams through this era of change,” said Adrian Zappala, Peirce College Dean of Graduate Studies. “Our coursework was developed with this specific need in mind.”

The curriculum in the MSHCA program was shaped through in-depth discussions and collaboration with some of the region’s top healthcare employers.

“The focus groups and conversations we had with our healthcare corporate partners showed that many people in advanced positions generally did not have formal leadership training,” Zappala said. “There is such a dire need for healthcare leaders with well-honed soft-skills that companies are recruiting from peer healthcare institutions rather than bringing in new talent. We believe our program will increase the talent pool and fill this need.”

All courses will be offered with the flexibility of Peirce Fit™, Peirce’s new course delivery model that allows students to choose on a week-to-week basis whether to attend class on campus or online.

Students who graduate from the new MSHCA program will be well-prepared to fill positions such as director of compliance, director of research or director of risk management at organizations including insurance firms or large hospitals. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry expects employment in healthcare administrations in the Philadelphia region to grow by 16 percent from 2012 to 2022.

“This program is the best fit for the mission of Peirce College,” Zappala said. “Throughout our more than 150-year history, we have focused on developing the skills of the workforce in a way that benefits individual businesses as well as the overall economy. This program is our latest contribution to that mission.”

The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration expands Peirce’s graduate level offerings. The College’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management was launched in 2013 and graduated its first class in June 2015. The College has offered a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration since 2010. Applications for the MSHCA program are being accepted now and classes will begin in September 2016.

About Peirce College
In 2015, Peirce College celebrates 150 years dedicated to providing higher education to working adults. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Peirce will host a year-long series of events surrounding the theme, "Many Years, One Purpose." Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Legal Studies and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management. Located in thee hart of Philadelphia, Peirce is a non-profit institution that specializes in serving the unique needs of working adults, many of whom work full time and are raising families. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). Additionally select programs are accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs the American Bar Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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