Hodges University will add a Bachelor’s degree to its offerings at their learning site at Edison College in Charlotte County for the fall 2008 term, which begins on September 8.
Students must have an Associate degree or at least 60 transferable credits to begin the Health Administration program. “The demand of health care professionals continues to remain strong,” said Dr. Carlene Harrison, Dean of the School of Allied Health at Hodges. ”Anyone considering career choices in the healthcare field has a wonderful array of positions to select from, and for students in the Charlotte County area, the addition of this program should help them to realize their higher education goals.”
Teaching the course will be Sarasota resident Jean Juchnowicz. Juchnowicz sees the opportunity of bringing the BHA program to the Charlotte County area as a huge benefit to the local community. "The Health Administration program is well-established at Hodges University and it is exciting to be able to bring it to Charlotte County,” she said. “The convenience and amenities of the Charlotte location of Edison College in Punta Gorda is well known in the area. I know that the medical community will welcome and support this additional educational opportunity." Juchnowicz is the owner of Human Resources Simplified, a human resources consulting company. Most recently, she served as the Director of Human Resources and a member of Key Management at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, a position she held for 14 years.
A tuition discount is offered to Edison graduates and corporate partners of Hodges University. Financial aid is available to qualified students.
Last month, the Association of Schools of Public Health released a first-of-its-kind assessment of the looming public health work force shortage, which has been growing steadily worse since 1980. According to the report, by 2020, an additional 250,000 public health workers will be needed to dodge a work force shortage that could leave the nation vulnerable to a range of pending threats, including infectious diseases such as pandemic flu, bioterrorism and natural disasters.
Hodges University is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Additional information can be obtained by calling Hodges University Learning Center at (941) 637-3553.