Granite State College’s New Graduate Programs Address New England’s Health Care Needs

Health Care Master's Degree Programs

With roughly half of its employees nearing retirement age, the health care industry in New Hampshire is positioned for a generational turnover of workers, which will create a significant shortage of talent across the field. Two new graduate programs at Granite State College will help address this gap by preparing emerging leaders in the health care workforce for top positions in nursing and management.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and the Master of Science in Health Care Management are now accepting admissions applications. Students will have the opportunity to earn these 30-credit graduate degrees at an affordable tuition rate.

“We have deep ties to health care leaders throughout the region,” said Johnna Herrick-Phelps, vice provost for academic affairs at Granite State College. “These organizations voiced a need to strengthen and grow its workforce in both nursing and management positions, so we worked collaboratively to build two, new graduate programs that will cultivate strong leaders across the health care field.”

“As the needs of our population grow, we need to make continuous improvements to our health care systems and collaborate effectively so we can improve outcomes for patients,” said Teri Knight, program director for the BSN and MSN at Granite State College. “Having a pool of strong candidates that can work interprofessionally across the organization will help employers achieve these goals.”

Coursework in these new programs will focus on leadership, management, and health care essentials. Topics include: health care finance, leading teams, health care delivery and innovations, and health care quality and safety. Representatives from major health care employers and organizations such as the New Hampshire Nurses’ Association, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Cornerstone VNA, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, and Easterseals of New Hampshire, provided guidance to help develop these programs as part of their service on the College’s health care advisory board.

As a leader in online education for adult students, Granite State College will offer these programs 100% online and select courses will be available in a hybrid format, affording students with a flexible way to earn a master’s degree for those who work full-time.

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