TJC offers free info sessions on new bachelor’s degree in healthcare field

The healthcare sector continues to change with technology and new standards of care, and there is an acute need across East Texas for skilled and educated indirect patient care professionals.

Tyler Junior College’s new Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Healthcare Technology and Medical Systems degree program provides initial preparation for careers in health services administration. The program is designed for working professionals who wish to advance into a higher level of management in the healthcare industry. Graduates will be ready to make critical decisions for healthcare facilities, implementing technological innovation in the delivery of healthcare services, and understand government regulations to ensure high quality and affordable healthcare.

Free info sessions on BAT degree program TJC will offer free informational sessions on the program on the following dates and times: 
• Thursday, Nov. 15: Noon-1 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 17: 10-11 a.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 6: Noon-1 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 8: 10-11 a.m.

The sessions will be held in Room T350 of the Pirtle Technology Building, located at 1110 South Mahon Ave., on the TJC main campus.

The program is designed for adults who juggle work and family, so TJC’s School of Professional and Technical programs offers its BAT accelerated degree in flexible five-week sessions. This allows students to complete their upper-division courses in two years while only attending one night a week.

“We are really excited about this opportunity for East Texas,” said Dr. Bryan Renfro, TJC associate vice provost for academic and workforce affairs. “We feel this is a degree that is needed to help meet both the growing complexities and demand of the healthcare industry. Classes are structured to assist working adults who need to complete a bachelor's degree while minimizing their overall degree cost.”

Occupational and educational demand
The healthcare system is booming, and health administration careers are keeping pace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those in healthcare administration can expect job growth of 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is much higher than the average for all occupations.

Much of this growth is expected to stem from a healthcare system that will see increased demand from an aging baby boomer population, as well as technology that allows patients to live longer lives. This demand will mean more hospitals, clinics, physicians and other healthcare professionals are needed, and that means more health administrators will be called upon to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Depending on the facility, healthcare may oversee functions related to medical records and billing, informatics, human resources, finances, federal regulations, and business operations. 

For more information, go to www.tjc.edu/HTMS.

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