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Kaplan University’s Cedar Falls Campus Launches
Six New Degree Programs
Programs Expand Allied Health and Arts and Sciences Offerings
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa, July 28, 2010— The Kaplan University Cedar Falls campus is now enrolling students for its associate degree programs in medical office management, and human services and bachelor’s degree programs in health care administration, communication, professional studies and human services. The six new programs are being offered in a blended-learning environment, combining online and campus-based classroom instruction.
The programs expand the campus’s allied health and arts and sciences offerings. Current campus offerings include associate degrees in medical assisting and interdisciplinary studies.
“With the new associate and bachelor’s degrees our campus will be able to provide more options for those interested in career-focused programs,” said Gwen Bramlet-Hecker, president of Kaplan University’s Cedar Falls campus. “We remain committed to offering market-relevant education so that our graduates are able to fulfill the employment needs of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls community.”
According to the Occupational Projections, a report by the Iowa Department of Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Division, medical and health services managers are expected to increase by 15 percent, human service assistants by 20 percent and public relations specialists by 13 percent between 2006 and 2016.
The four-year bachelor’s and two-year associate degree programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge, technical skills and work habits to pursue a wide variety of entry-level positions in their field of study.
The medical office management program provides students with the clinical, organizational and communication skills required to provide patient care and manage medical and financial records. Courses focus on processing medical insurance, coding and billing, scheduling appointments and managing day-to-day office operations. Graduates of the medical office management program may seek employment as a medical administrative specialist, medical office assistant and medical office manager.
The human services program is designed to provide students with the practical skills to make a positive impact on people’s lives in many areas of human services including mental health, social services, education, rehabilitation, group and community work, nursing homes, court systems and public policy. Graduates of the associate degree program may pursue a position as a social service assistant, child advocate and adult day care worker. Bachelor’s degree graduates may seek employment as a case manager, human services administrator and child welfare worker.
The health care administration program provides students with a solid foundation in the core disciplines of health care administration and management. Courses focus on the principles and practices of health care regarding administration, management, law, economics and policy. Graduates of the health care administration program may seek employment in health care positions including care coordinator, account manager, practice administrator and case manager.
Students enrolled in the communication program will focus on developing strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills applicable in any career field. The interdisciplinary approach combines both theory and application, enabling students the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of social issues, new media, and effective writing and speaking skills. Communication program graduates may seek employment in a broad range of fields including public administration, advertising, public relations and international business.
The professional studies program is designed to help prepare students to advance in the professional ranks, pursue a new career or move into a new area of employment. The program helps students build their expertise across five themes central to the business world: creativity, research, socially responsible leadership, technology and communications. Graduates may find opportunities in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Kaplan University has more than 125 academic programs and offerings, and serves more than 78,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 12 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Kaplan University is a part of Kaplan Higher Education, which serves more than 119,000 students through 70-plus campus-based schools and online operations across the United States. Its online institutions include Kaplan University and Concord Law School of Kaplan University. Kaplan Higher Education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan Higher Education is part of Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K through 12. Kaplan, Inc., is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), and its largest and fastest-growing division. For more information, visit www.portal.kaplan.edu.