Monday, April 08, 2019
by Becky Slatin • email@example.com
BJC | The BJC Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) has many longstanding relationships with area universities, providing BJC employees with a variety of degree options to continue their education and expand their career path.
One of its longest and most popular partnerships is with Webster University.
Employees across BJC with careers in nursing have the option of earning a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) through the school’s RN-to-BSN program and/or a master of science in nursing (MSN).
BILD and Webster also offer several other master’s degree programs for those interested in expanding their business and health care acumen, including a master of business administration (MBA); master of health administration (MHA); or a master of arts in management and leadership (MML).
“Our academic partnership with Webster University provides employees with a convenient option to earn their degree, while still balancing their commitments to work and family,” says Beth Camp, BILD senior learning and development consultant for academic partnerships. “Webster University’s programs are academically rigorous and meet our employees’ needs by providing classes both online and in a classroom setting at the BJC Learning Institute.
“A 20 percent discount is available to BJC employees for these programs, and tuition benefit funds can be used for eligible students,” Camp adds.
Earning a BSN
As BJC nurses look for ways to advance their career, many are choosing to earn their BSN.
Designed for registered nurses who want to take their nursing practice to the next level, the Webster
RN-to-BSN program is offered on site with eight-week sessions at the BJC Learning Institute.
Applications are now being accepted for the August 2019 cohort.
“This program has helped many BJC nurses reach their own personal and professional goals, while making contributions to BJC and the patients we serve,” Camp says.
Master’s degree options
BJC employees have four different master’s degree programs available to them through the Webster/BILD partnership.
“BJC is one of Webster’s strongest partnerships,” says John Weseman, Webster University graduate admission counselor. “Cohort students get to bypass a lot of the hassle of being students. Your schedule is consistent, we register you for class automatically, and BJC handles the billing for you.”
In 2019, two MBA cohorts will be offered through BILD with June and August start dates. This program takes about three years to complete, taking one class at a time, with five, nine-week terms each calendar year.
“The MBA continues to be the most popular offering of the Webster cohorts for BJC employees. We recommend employees apply early for this program,” Camp says. “This partnership provides BJC with a growing resource of employees trained in critical business concepts and provides employees with an invaluable set of skills to apply to their work and building their career.”
The next MHA cohort will begin October 2019. Students in this cohort study topics in such areas as health administration law, health care financial management, human resources management and statistics.
The program can be completed in two and a half years, and is made up of nine-week classes, which meet one night a week. Employees work together in a cohort where they not only learn from the Webster faculty, but also from one another.
The next MML cohort begins in January 2020. A unique aspect of this degree is that it focuses more on people skills than data, says Weseman.
“Many students feel more comfortable with management skills, rather than data-driven quantitative skills.
This program provides an opportunity for those students to excel in an advanced degree,” he says. “Students who are concerned about math-intensive portions of another degree, or who feel they are more suited to people-focused skills will find this program a good fit.”
For BSN-prepared nurses who are ready to pursue an advanced degree, Webster’s MSN program offers an educator or leadership focus, but students don’t need to decide at the time of enrollment. The next MSN cohorts are planned to start in August 2019 and January 2020.
“Webster drastically reduces its tuition for BJC employees in these programs, and most full-time, tuition-benefit eligible employees can complete their entire master’s degree program with out-of-pocket costs of about $2,400, plus books,” Camp says.
For more information about these programs, visit www.BJCLearn.org or for more information, email Academic Partnerships at GS-AcdmicPrtnrshps@bjc.org.
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4/9/2019 3:36 PM
Wondering if you are lined up with any PhD programs??
4/9/2019 3:45 PM
Great question, Trudy.
Beth Camp in BILD, firstname.lastname@example.org, can talk to you about options.
4/10/2019 7:27 AM
I highly recommend the cohort program to anyone employed with BJC...It's an awesome benefit and great opportunity. I graduate in May and it feels like I started last month. Time flies... and you get a great education.
4/10/2019 10:45 AM
Thank you Tina for that great endorsement! Congratulations on your accomplishment!
4/11/2019 10:01 AM
I'm interested in the MHA Program. Does that begin in October of 2019?
4/11/2019 10:17 AM
That's correct. For more information about these programs, visit www.BJCLearn.org or for more information, email Academic Partnerships at GS-AcdmicPrtnrshps@bjc.org.
4/11/2019 1:22 PM
Will there be cohorts in STEM related fields possibly? In the past a Bachelor's in Biology was offered but I do not see it any longer.