Professional Studies

Professional Studies undergraduate students benefit from flexible, accelerated degrees which take into account the life and schedule of a working adult. The courses are completely online, and students take only one course at a time. Given prior college credits and credit for life experience, students can complete the degrees in only 15 months.

Graduate programs build on students’ professional experience, and serve adults who wish to advance their careers. The programs are ideal for working professionals who seek to enhance their roles as organizational leaders and upgrade their skills in management, planning, design, evaluation, research and policy development in a variety of organizational settings and environments.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HEALTH RECORDS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Health Records and Information Management provides health care professionals as well as individuals with a minimum of 45 credits toward a health related undergraduate degree an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in Health Records and Information Management. Students currently employed in the health care industry can utilize this program to migrate from the clinical side of the health care industry to the administrative, business or leadership side. St. Thomas University views the previous health care related coursework as initial professional preparation and development in the chosen Health Care field. The remaining credits completed at the University will add a liberal arts and health records and information management component. The BA in Health Records and Information Management program will help in achieving an important transition into this professional career. Improvement in performance will be experienced and potential as an effective decision maker will be discovered. The BA in Health Records and Information Management is offered over a fifteen month period and consists of four semesters, four courses (12 credits) per semester with an average semester consisting of 16 weeks. Courses are five weeks in duration and are offered on-line. The program normally starts each January, May and August.

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • Electronic Health Record Manager
  • Director of Health Information Systems
  • Privacy Officer
  • Medical Practice Manager
  • Health Information Data Analyst

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

HIM 3303 Health Care Systems
A comprehensive overview of the United States health services delivery system from the perspective of the health services administrator/manager.

HIM 3311 Technology in Health Care Organizations
Explores basic concepts of data composition and organization; internal and external storage structures; arrays, stacks, and linked lists; file allocations, accessing, searching and sorting; and recursive and non-­recursive processing. An introduction to the myriad uses of information technology and information systems in the health care industry. Main subtopics are history, basic technical aspects, patient information, organizational management systems, care delivery systems, technical challenges, confidentiality and other practical challenges, and evaluation strategies.

HCS 411 Management of Health Information Systems
Examines the use of information technologies in business and health care. Information processing is studied at a system level, including discussions of information technology, management information systems, information services, and programming languages.

HCS 445 Health Care Quality, Statistics & Database Management
Emphasizes how to develop, deploy, and evaluate new tools to analyze clinical data resources. Special attention is given to improving health care quality and decision-­ making to address the needs of a clinical practice or administration. Case studies involving the development and assessment of databases for disease management and drug utilization will be covered. Students will learn how to collect, summarize, statistically analyze, present, and interpret data. Students will be trained in the fundamentals of database design and information retrieval as they develop a working tool to address health care quality improvement. Finally, legal and ethical issues involving training, documentation, security, confidentiality, the use of informed consent, and regulatory requirements will be addressed.

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES MANAGEMENT

The BS in Fire and Emergency Services Management is a 15- months online program design to develop future leaders and officers in the fire and emergency service of the knowledge and understanding of public policy and integration, personnel management, managing operations and training, managing emergency medical services and managing fire prevention divisions in a fire and rescue department. It includes research and development, disaster and risk planning, community risk assessment, budgeting, labor relation, personnel development and fiscal management, collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, and conflict resolutions as part of the curriculum. The Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Management program is based on the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Higher Education Program (FESHE). It is a Southern Accreditation of Colleges and Universities (SAC) accredited upper level program that caters to the educational needs of the fire and emergency service industry and its’ professionals. It is designed to assist firefighters, Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Management personnel who desire to advance to administrative, management, leadership, and supervisory positions. Courses are in an accelerated format and completely online. It gives working firefighters and emergency services personnel the opportunity to be enrolled in college while keeping full-time jobs and maintain their responsibility to their families.

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • Managing and leading a fire and rescue department
  • Managing Emergency Medical, Operations, Fire prevention Division, etc.
  • Public or private industries (FEMA, DHS, Insurance, Business)
  • State and Local governments

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

FES 3153 Fire and Emergency Services Technology
FES 3714 Managing Fire Suppression and Rescue Operations and Training
FES 3045 Fire and Emergency Services Personnel Management
SOC 460D Conflict and Conflict Resolution

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MASTER IN EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

The Master in Executive Management is designed for professionals who hold managerial, executive and other leadership positions in industry, government and non-profit organizations. Students gain valuable skills needed for the new work environment, as well as first-hand knowledge of current practices and trends using a mixture of theory and practice. The Master in Executive Management (MEM) is designed exclusively for adults who wish to advance their careers. This 15 month, online program provides students the flexibility of taking one course at a time, in a cohort format that encourages student success and networking opportunities.

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • Mid and Upper Management
  • Education Management
  • Public Administration
  • Military

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

MPS 503 Applied Research Methods
MPS 580 Managing Technology
MPS 660 Project Management & Leadership
MPS 635 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organizations

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DOCTORATE IN LEADERSHIP MANAGEMENT

The Ed.D. in Leadership and Management combines cutting edge management and leadership theories for practical application to the working environment. It is ideal for working professionals seeking to enhance organizational leadership roles and upgrade their skills in management, planning, design, evaluation, research and policy development.

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • University President
  • Faculty at University
  • Assistant/Associate Professor
  • Director of Student Services

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

EDL801 Theory and Practice of Leadership
MAN809 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
MAN817 Social Media Management
MAN813 Leading a Learning Organization

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