South Texas College Now Offering 3 BAT Degrees

South Texas College has approval to offer a third Bachelor of Applied Technology degree. The new Bachelor of Applied Technology in Medical and Health Services Management received approval on July 28 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.The new baccalaureate degree prepares graduates for entry to mid-level management positions at health care or medical facilities. Course work focuses on health care facility management principles, technological innovation in delivery of health care services, health information processing technology and government regulations related to health care services. Program graduates will be in a position to provide valuable expertise in the areas of health care systems management, finance, medical staff roles and responsibilities, reimbursement mechanisms, electronic medical records, privacy issues and legal issues related to the health care industry. According to several data sources, the average median hourly earnings projected for program graduates is expected to be in the range of $27.92 per hour. "The medical and health services management field is expected to expand in the Rio Grande Valley by almost 30 percent in the next 10 years, so we are working to fill that demand with smart, skilled local professionals," explained Juan E. Mejia, STC vice president for academic affairs. "STC's divisions of Nursing and Allied Health and Business and Technology are producing record numbers of graduates that are perfect candidates for the program. It makes sense because it gives our associate degree graduates the opportunity to continue growing as professionals in this booming field. In addition, there are also very talented professionals working in this field already who will benefit from attaining this degree. We look forward to continuing to respond to the needs of our communities with these kinds of innovative programs." STC launched its first applied baccalaureate degree in 2005 and has seen continued growth, graduating 310 students from the program to date, with an additional 54 graduates expected in August 2011. Four hundred more students are currently enrolled in the college's Bachelors Program working to earn STC’s Bachelor of Applied Technology Degree in Technology Management or Bachelor of Applied Technology in Computer and Information Technologies. The college is currently accepting students for its first Bachelor of Applied Technology in Medical and Health Services Management cohort for the fall 2011 semester. For additional information about STC's Bachelors Program visit http://www.southtexascollege.edu/ba/BAT or call 956-872-7270 or 956-872-2036.

Information from South Texas College.