HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (July 16, 2013) – Northern Kentucky University has announced the creation of a new online graduate degree program designed to meet the region’s need for highly skilled allied healthcare workers. The Master of Science in Health Science degree, which is available in a fully online format, will enroll its first students in January.
“Our students who completed their bachelor’s degrees have asked us for a master’s program,” said Andrea Cornuelle, NKU director of health sciences. “There is a need for allied healthcare workers with the higher skills gained through a master’s program.”
The program provides the skills needed across a broad spectrum of allied health professions. Graduates who earn their NKU MS in health science will be prepared for careers in education and training in respiratory care, radiologic technology, or other allied health disciplines; management and leadership positions; or application specialists for vendors servicing the healthcare industry. In addition, graduates will have acquired the skills and expertise to plan, develop and implement innovative and quality healthcare services. In keeping with NKU’s focus of an applied degree, student will be required to take a semester-long internship in their geographic area and discipline that focuses on developing useable best practices for the industry.
Dr. Tom Baxter, director of the new program, said it the program offers a unique approach to master’s-level education.
“We’ve intentionally developed a curriculum that is flexible enough that the students can design a program that meets their specific goals,” he said. “It will provide the graduates with a broader choice of career paths.”