Bellevue College wins approval for two new bachelor’s degrees

Four-year degrees in Health Promotion Management and Healthcare Management and Leadership will provide area residents with affordable education for high-demand careers

Bellevue College recently received approval from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) to offer two new bachelor’s degree programs – in Health Promotion Management and Healthcare Management and Leadership– that will provide area residents with affordable paths to family-wage jobs in these growing fields.  The two programs officially begin classes in the fall of 2016, raising the total number of four-year degrees offered at BC to 10.

Healthcare Management and Leadership will help prepare graduates for jobs that require advanced technical and supervisory knowledge needed to manage healthcare systems and facilities.  Development of the degree is in response to favorable employer demand trends anticipated over the next decade.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services managers are projected to grow 23% by 2022.  The Washington State Employment Security Office also reports Medical and Healthcare Services Managers as positions “in demand” for King County and Washington State.   Both agencies indicate that 61% of jobs in this field will require a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Health Promotion Management will help prepare graduates to undertake a wide array of positions in the health and wellness industry, including health educators, health promotion work-life specialists, employee health and wellness coaches, and wellness consultants. The degree capitalizes on observed trends in the field of health and wellness.  As business, government and educational organizations implement legally-mandated employee wellness programs and as preventative, personalized healthcare measures become the centerpiece of employee benefit programs, a growing need for health and wellness coaches, specialists and consultants is evident.   The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 17.9% increase in jobs related to this field and identifies Health Promotion Management as a “new and emerging” occupational area, predicted to grow well above the national average.

“This is a win-win situation for both students and area employers,” said Chris Bell, director of applied baccalaureate programs at BC. “Puget Sound residents will get access to bachelor’s degrees with affordable tuition that can help them land jobs with good salaries. And employers, will have ready-access to qualified workers so they can provide the best care possible or grow their companies.”

These new degrees join eight existing bachelor’s degrees currently offered at BC, including: Data Analytics (BAS), Applied Accounting (BAS), Healthcare Technology & Management (BAS), Information Systems & Technology (BAS), Interior Design (BAA), Nursing (RN-BSN), Radiation & Imaging Sciences (BAS), and Molecular Biosciences (BAS).

In July 2015, the Washington state Legislature approved a budget proviso providing Bellevue College a state appropriation to develop a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.  The College is currently in phase II of the development process and is scheduled to begin accepting students fall quarter 2016, pending State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and NWCCU approval.  This will establish BC’s first four-year Bachelor of Science program open to freshman, sophomore, juniors, and seniors.  To date, BC’s bachelor programs have been two-year, applied baccalaureate degrees, designed for the professional/technical student with an AA degree.

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Last Updated January 14, 2016