Health Sciences Degree Approved; Work Begins On New Social Work Degree
New programs abound at Aultman College, which is in its 125th years of educating students. The college has received final approval to begin offering its bachelor of science in health sciences (BSHS) in fall 2017 and has announced it is seeking approval for a new bachelor’s degree in social work.
The college received notification this week that the Higher Learning Commission granted approval for the BSHS program at its board of trustees meeting. Through the BSHS program at Aultman College, students can take a general health sciences curriculum or specialize in health care administration or health education.
“The BSHS program also has a degree completion option for current health care professionals,” said Dr. Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, dean of general education and online learning. “Radiologic technologists and certified medical assistants, for example, can earn their bachelor’s degree through the program.”
Work is now beginning on a bachelor’s degree level program in social work. Ron Davis, MSW, who recently started as director of the Social Work Program, explained how Aultman College’s program will be unique. “It will fulfill a growing need for generalist social workers working within health care roles who can assist clients in understanding and navigating through an increasingly complicated medical environment, particularly in the multiple areas of health care and addiction services,” he said.