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What’s new? BA in Management and AA in Healthcare Management degrees


Posted In: Academics, CFA News

Dec • 1 • 2015

College for America at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) will offer two new degrees as of January 1: a Bachelor of Arts in Management and an Associate of Arts in Healthcare Management. The degrees were approved by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and are available to employees of organizations that partner with College for America. Partners include Anthem, Inc., Pennsylvania University Health System, Goodwill International, McDonald’s, and many other large and small employers nationwide.

College for America’s Bachelor of Arts in Management helps working adults develop management skills. Students learn to plan, direct, and coordinate the operations of organizations, including formulating processes, managing daily operations, overseeing financial management, and planning the use of materials and human resources. The management degree was designed using insights from workforce and industry leaders. The degree can be applicable in practically every industry—including manufacturing, healthcare, nonprofit, service industries, and government.

Students in the management program also choose one of three concentrations: insurance services, public administration, and operations and logistics. For more information about the new BA degree program, visit:

The Associate of Arts in Healthcare Management is designed to develop the skills that today’s nonclinical professionals must possess to improve patient care, satisfaction, and outcomes. The project-focused degree will help working adults develop a wide array of skills. “Front and back office healthcare personnel need to stay on top of advances in the medical field, computerized diagnostics, new health insurance standards, and compliance requirements,” explained Julian L. Alssid, Chief Workforce Strategist at College for America. “At the same time, they have to play a part in controlling costs, maintaining quality of care, and improving the patient experience. Our AA degree positions students to handle these kinds of responsibilities.”

For more information about the new AA degree program, visit:

To graduate with a College for America degree, students must demonstrate mastery of 120 competencies.“Our competency-based degree programs allow students to develop and demonstrate competency in mission-critical areas on their own schedule,” said Cathrael Kazin, Chief Academic Officer at College for America.

Tuition is $2,500 a year with no additional costs, and students proceed through the degree at their own pace—fueled both by what they learn in the school and by what they already have mastered through life and work experience. Most employers offer to reimburse the tuition costs for their employees.

In 2013, CfA became the nation’s first competency-based, fully accredited higher education provider to be approved for federal financial aid, independent of the traditional credit hour model, for its associate’s degree program. Financial aid is available to eligible students for all College for America degree programs.