AURORA, Colo. Feb. 22, 2013 — Studies project that health care costs, if left unchecked, could rise 30 percent or more by 2050. This forecast, along with the federal government’s response in the form of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), are increasing the need for health care organizations to improve their understanding of the costs of care and the use of data-driven insights to optimize efficiencies while simultaneously improving patient outcomes and satisfaction.
American Sentinel University understands the issues confronting health care organizations. As a leader in online health care education, the university is proud to offer qualified individuals currently employed by a health system or health system support provider located in the United States the opportunity to apply for one of five full-tuition scholarships in its online Master of Health Care Informatics (MHCI) program.
Role of Health Informatics in Changing Health Care Environment
“We recognize the importance of a degree in health informatics, not only in nursing informatics, but in the realm of big data,” said Richard Oliver, Ph.D., and CEO of American Sentinel University. “Employers are looking for skilled individuals who are ‘job ready’ for the predicted 160,000-190,000 health care informatics jobs coming available over the next few years.”
American Sentinel University’s online master of science in health informatics degree is designed to develop skills in gathering, analyzing and presenting health care data to support clinical, administrative or quality decision-making needs that meet operational, legislative and regulatory requirements to reduce costs, improve workflows, impact quality and safety initiatives and more.
“Awarding these scholarships reflects the university’s commitment to the health care profession,” adds Dr. Oliver.
Apply for American Sentinel’s MHCI Scholarship
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must currently be employed by a U.S. health system or an organization supplying services to a U.S. health system. They must complete the application process, which includes submitting a resume and an essay describing their personal commitment to improving health systems and how American Sentinel’’s MHCI degree will enhance their effectiveness in their roles and organizations. Applicants must also hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and be available to start class on April 15, 2013. The deadline for entries is March 11, 2013.
This scholarship provides an annual (12 calendar months) academic year tuition remission (based on the student’s class start date) for the total tuition cost covering 36 credit hours in the university’s MHCI program and is renewable annually for three years as long as all university eligibility requirements continue to be met. Books, materials, and other fees are not included and these costs are the responsibility of the student.
Applicants can learn more about American Sentinel University’s MHCI scholarship, the application rules and can submit their applications.
About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University is dedicated to delivering quality, affordable, online education in the fields of health care, technology and business. Its flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs, including MSN, Nursing Informatics, and are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Its Master of Health Care Informatics program teaches students the management, integration, interpretation, and visualization skills needed to make organizational data usable for management and patient care decision-making and performance improvement. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.