Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University Collaborating to Prepare Students for Health Care Administration
A new collaborative program between Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University is designed to join AC's strength in health sciences with FSU's business and management expertise to prepare graduates for management positions in health care administration.
The program in Health Science Administration requires students to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in one of eight allied health care degree programs currently offered at Allegany College - dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, respiratory therapist or therapeutic massage. Then students move to FSU to complete a business curriculum with a health care focus.
"We are very excited about the bachelor of Health Science Administration collaborative program with Allegany College," said Dr. M. Shakil Rahman, the program's FSU coordinator. "I appreciate all the enthusiastic letters of support from the major health providers in our region and professional organizations."
"The new [Health Science Administration] major allows the expansion of options for Allegany College students when transferring to Frostburg," said Bill Devlin, director of AC's Instructional Assistance Center. "The already existing excellent relationship for traditional transfer students will be expanded to include graduates of the College's health career programs. Past graduates had great difficulty finding a program of this type and had to leave the area to continue their education."
The program is designed to build on the scientific and clinical knowledge and experience gained at AC and through clinical experience.
"This new program provides an excellent opportunity for Allied Health Program graduates to develop supervisory, management and administrative skills required for moving into a management position in health care administration," said Rahman, who is co-chairman of FSU's Department of Business Management.
"It is a wonderful opportunity for graduates of our allied health programs to obtain an advanced degree in the health area," said Fran Leibfreid, chairperson of AC's Allied Health Committee.
Applicants to FSU who hold a similar associate degree from another institution may be considered for admission based on the articulation agreement between FSU and the other institution. Up to 70 credits from other undergraduate programs may be applicable to a BS degree in Health Science Administration, Rahman said.
All core courses at FSU are scheduled in the evening on a rotating basis to meet the needs of working adults.
FSU Assistant Provost Mary Gartner praised the working relationship between the two institutions. "This is another example of Frostburg State and Allegany College working together to meet the educational and economic development needs of Western Maryland," she said.
For information on the Allegany College segment of the Health Science Administration program, contact Devlin at (301) 784-5553 or Leibfreid at (301) 784-5568. For information on the FSU component, contact Rahman at (301) 687-4008 or (301) 687-4297.
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