FAST FACTS: Healthcare MBA for Rural Administrators
* Tuition rates are for the 2017-18 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.
Nearly 60 million people live in rural areas of the United States, often drawn by the traditions, lifestyle, and sense of community. Yet many rural areas also face the challenges of chronic health problems and emergencies, restricted access to healthcare and specialties, and cost of services. At the same time, dedicated health care professionals and facilities are confronted with increasing costs, lower reimbursements, staffing issues, changing regulations, and implementation of technology and new information systems. A new range of knowledge and skills are required to meet these challenges and provide the quality healthcare that rural communities need.
Since emerging as a national presence on the healthcare scene in the 1930s, St. Scholastica has earned a reputation for its history of innovation and expertise. The College's interdisciplinary approach combines the strengths of the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business and Technology. St. Scholastica faculty and staff are leaders in their professions and provide national thought leadership, consulting services, education and technology solutions designed to prepare future healthcare professionals and advance healthcare practices for the growing demands of the nation's rapidly changing healthcare industry.
The online MBA in Rural Healthcare at The College of St. Scholastica is designed for healthcare professionals at all levels who serve rural communities, and recognize the need to manage the emerging challenges and changes in the health care system. As administrators rise from healthcare professions such as medicine, nursing, pharmacists and physical and occupational therapy into leadership positions within business and management, there is an entirely new set of challenges to face.
Our graduate program provides current information and skills in leadership, finance, marketing, human resources, managing change, information technology, and other key areas. The courses focus on practical skills and cases that can be transferred back to your facilities, staff and patients. We emphasize the use of teamwork, critical thinking and communication, networking, and personal interactions with our experienced faculty.
"Traveling to Cuba to complete my Capstone requirement provided me a hands-on view of a vastly different healthcare delivery model. This experience allows me to bring a unique set of lenses to lead value-based transformations within my scope of work. I truly believe I received a world class education."
– Alicia Bauman, '16
"With well-designed courses, relevant content, and engaged faculty, the MBA in Rural Healthcare program is a model of excellence in online education. I highly recommend this program to professionals working in rural and non-rural healthcare settings."
– Trent Pepper, '16
"The people in the program at St. Scholastica are constantly offering opportunities for you to get involved on a regional level. If you're passionate about rural healthcare, you can't go wrong choosing this program."
– Luke Beirl, '16