The Master of Science in physician assistant studies program at Slippery Rock University will prepare graduates to pass the national certification exam, which they must pass before they can practice medicine. The program was developed to fill a shortage of health care providers both in the region and nationally, especially for patients with special needs. Slippery Rock offers several programs that provide health and clinically based education, including a doctorate in physical therapy and bachelor’s degrees in athletic training and nursing. The physician assistant program will begin in summer 2016 with an expected cohort of 52 students.
The Master of Science in nutrition program at Mansfield University was designed primarily for working professionals seeking to advance their careers with health care organizations, community organizations, schools and in private practice. It will be offered totally online. Students will be able to complete the program in two years by taking two courses per semester or in four years by taking one course per semester, including summers. Courses within the program will advance students’ nutrition knowledge, improve their ability to effectively lead nutrition programs, and enhance their ability to interpret and conduct nutrition research. A capstone project or thesis will contribute to professional practice as a nutritionist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for dietitians and nutritionists is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2012 to 2020.
The Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration at Clarion University of Pennsylvania will provide individuals with a two-year degree the opportunity to complete a four-year degree online, providing them with upward career mobility within the various criminal justice occupational fields such as corrections and law enforcement and court-related services such as probation, parole and rehabilitation. The online degree completion program will provide workers in the criminal justice field the flexibility to complete advanced coursework on a part-time basis that meets their schedules. Students enrolled in the new program will study managerial theory, applied research and analysis, budget and finance, policy evaluation and analysis, legal liability, conflict resolution and professional ethics.
|Link||1/22/2015||Yes||Criminal Justice Administration|
|Millersville and Shippensburg||Graduate|
The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree to be offered jointly by Millersville and Shippensburg Universities of Pennsylvania will focus on issues that especially impact poor school districts. It will prepare future school leaders to work with students in a wide variety of educational settings, including online and other forms of technology-mediated instruction, as well as charter and alternative schools. The program was designed to prepare rising school district, state level and organizational leaders for further career advancement. The program will be cohort driven and courses will be delivered in a blend of traditional, online and field-embedded formats, with most courses based at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.
The electrical engineering program at Shippensburg will prepare students for careers in a broad array of fields, including semiconductor design, mixed-signal embedded systems, industrial controls and communications system engineering. Graduates will have the skills necessary to design, build, test and manage these complex systems, skills that are in increasing demand in the Commonwealth and the surrounding region.
The new Master of Science in cybersecurity degree at Cal U will prepare graduates with a comprehensive understanding of cyber systems and how to defend against cyber-attacks. Graduates will be able to obtain jobs in which network security knowledge and skills are required, to bridge the gap between technology and the laws that govern cybersecurity and to enhance the nation’s overall cybersecurity posture.
The program, which was developed in alignment with the National Professional Science Masters Association’s (NPSMA), will be delivered completely online. It will address critical workforce needs, driven by the growth in cyber attacks, which increased more than 300 percent between 2007 and 2012. Studies report the cost of cybercrime incidents grew 26 percent in one year to an average incident cost of more than $11 million.
Cal U’s Master of Science in applied mathematics was designed to prepare graduates with skills in advanced mathematics and big data analysis, as well as in leadership, technology and project management to meet the needs of employers in business, industry and government. This program also will be offered completely online.
The goal is to provide career-oriented graduates for occupations including actuaries, mathematical scientists, mathematicians, operations research analysts, statistical assistants and statisticians.
Slippery Rock University’s Master of Education in technology for online instruction degree will provide graduates with enhanced skills needed to teach K-12 students both online and in blended learning environments. The program will comprise 30 credits of coursework, including a capstone project where students will develop an online module including lessons, activities and assessments. The program itself will be offered online, as well.
SRU currently offers an online graduate Letter of Completion in teaching online. The master’s program will be available to students in the LOC program who are interested in seamlessly advancing into the master’s degree program with advanced credit.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates more than half of public high schools have students enrolled in some distance education courses. The U.S. Department of Education has made teacher preparation for online instruction a national goal to improve the effectiveness of traditional classroom instruction and to connect skilled educators with the underserved communities that need them the most.
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The new Associate of Arts degree in sustainability studies to be offered at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania will produce graduates for “green jobs” in fields including construction and manufacturing and with government and non-profit organizations. Demand in the field is growing, with about one out of every five companies in Pennsylvania employing such workers, according to a recent survey conducted by the state Department of Labor and Industry.
The program was developed by faculty at LHU by repackaging existing coursework currently offered at the main campus and Clearfield branch campus. It will utilize existing resources and faculty and will be available online and via other distance education methods, making it more accessible to working adults.
The new Master of Health Science degree program at Lock Haven University will prepare graduates for leadership and management positions in a variety of healthcare settings, especially hospitals, community health centers and nonprofit health and human services settings, including the Susquehanna Healthcare System and the American Cancer Society.
They will be able to assess the health needs of populations, plan and evaluate health education and promotion programs, and promote and apply relevant research findings to contribute to the effective delivery and management of health education and healthcare. The program will be delivered online and via interactive videoconferencing.
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The new Doctorate of Education in special education at Slippery Rock University will equip college faculty to prepare K-12 teachers to become effective in inclusive classrooms and to serve in special education leadership positions in the K-12 system or related support service agencies.
The program, designed to meet the needs of working professionals, will take three years to complete, using a cohort model. Most courses will be offered online during the fall and spring semesters. Students in the program also will take face-to-face classes on weekends during the summers at the Cranberry Township Regional Learning Alliance.
Working in partnership with Geisinger Health System, Bloomsburg will offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree that will provide the only aligned pathway from a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program to the DNP. The new program will help address the healthcare needs in the north central and northeastern regions of the state.
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|Clarion and Edinboro||Graduate|
Clarion and Edinboro Universities will jointly offer a new Doctor of Nursing Practice degree that will help meet the need for advanced care nurses in rural northwestern and midwestern Pennsylvania. Building upon their joint Master of Science in Nursing degree program, the doctoral program will prepare graduates to serve as primary care providers as well as clinical nursing faculty.
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The new degree is designed to prepare graduates to become licensed registered nurses, providing comprehensive direct and indirect nursing care.
Bloomsburg University's digital forensics program prepares students for careers as digital forensic specialists who can work with law enforcement, homeland security agencies, law firms and private companies.
The Cal U Master of Business Administration degree directly addresses the needs of today's progressive businesses. This advanced degree is offered on a full- or part-time basis and can be completed in 12 months at either main campus or the Southpointe Center in Canonsburg, PA. All courses are evening and/or online making it easier to fit into your busy lifestyle.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Human Resource Management works to establish the terms and conditions of employment and the employer-employee relationship. It also establishes the rules for interaction at the workplace and society.
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The Doctorate of Nursing Practice at WCU will focus on skills such as collaboration, innovation and evaluation. The majority of the program will be offered online. The doctoral degree is expected to become the required level of preparation for advanced practice nurses beginning in 2015.
The flexible design of the proposed 35-credit online program is intended to meet the needs of working advanced practice nurses in the region while still allowing for face-to-face advising and interaction with faculty.
|Link||7/9/2013||No||Nursing Practice |
The new MBA program at Slippery Rock is designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s high priority occupations in the areas of financial services, logistics and management. The 36- to 39-credit program will consist of three tracks: general, accounting/finance and management/marketing and will be offered at the Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) in Cranberry Township. The RLA is located in a high-growth economic corridor five miles from Pittsburgh city limits and 30 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
Utilizing an eight-week mini-semester format with blended face-to-face and distance education courses, the MBA program will provide flexibility and accelerated delivery formats designed to meet the needs of working adults who wish to maintain or advance in their careers.
Bloomsburg University began offering the Doctor of Audiology degree program in conjunction with IUP in 2003. At the time, BU had been offering a Master of Science degree in audiology for more than 30 years, and its program graduates had a 100 percent pass rate on the national certification exam. Changes in the field – similar to those in nursing – resulted in the entry-level degree for professional audiologists being elevated to the doctorate.
This program of study provides students with both technical and business training, which will enable graduates to advance their careers in a variety of technical fields. The program provides individuals with technical certification or training from other accredited institutions the opportunity to complete a relevant associate degree.
Multiple tracks from which students can choose in accordance with their career goals will include heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technology; industrial engineering technology; environmental engineering technology; and civil engineering technology. This program will prepare students for occupations such as engineering technicians, industry team leaders, quality coordinators, new product development coordinators and sales specialists, among others.
The new degree in natural gas production and services is designed to prepare graduates for various career paths in the natural gas industry. The five concentrations within the program—permitting and inspection specialist, mud logging/geology specialist, environmental specialist, geographic information systems specialist and safety management specialist—have been identified by industry employers as well as major corporations in the Northern Tier of the Commonwealth as meeting a critical need. The program is closely aligned with the emerging and growing careers in the drilling industry as outlined by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association.
|Link||6/28/2012||No||Natural Gas Production and Services|
Mansfield University’s program in safety management is designed to prepare graduates for the expanding Marcellus Shale industry and associated energy businesses that have an immediate need for safety professionals. It also will prepare graduates for a range of occupational health and safety positions in other industries, both regionally and globally.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has indicated a strong demand for safety workers, as has the Pennsylvania Statewide Marcellus Workforce Needs Assessment.
This graduate degree program is designed to address the need for mental health counselors to work in rural areas and to work with military veterans, especially those who may be suffering with post-traumatic stress syndrome.
The program will utilize both online and interactive (ITV) delivery methods to all easy access by potential students who may already be working full time. The need for mental health counselors in these two areas of expertise is expected to increase rapidly throughout the next decade.
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This program will prepare students to work in the areas of sport administration or sport exercise psychology. The sport administration track is designed to prepare graduates to pursue careers in the sport industry including marketing, administration, public relations, financial management and coaching. The sport psychology track will prepare graduates to become certified consultants who will work with coaches, athletes, officials and parents about sport and exercise psychology and performance enhancement techniques. They may also work as academic advisors to student-athletes, fitness consultants or lifestyle coaches.
The flexible online delivery method of the program will meet the needs of graduate students, many of whom work full time.
This program is designed to prepare students for careers developing large-scale software while working in highly effective development teams.
Graduates will have the skills necessary to design, construct and test large-scale software systems. They will understand the tools and techniques used by software development teams to plan and manage such projects, and will be ready to help meet the large and growing demand for trained software developers in the Commonwealth and surrounding region.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in technology leadership will be offered completely online and is designed to provide those with associate degrees in applied science a pathway to a baccalaureate degree in order to enhance their skills and their career opportunities. The program will offer a combination of coursework and field experiences in leadership development, business skills and advanced technology.
Online course offerings will enable those enrolled in the program to achieve their academic goals while also meeting family and work demands.
The Bachelor of Science degree in mechatronics engineering technology at Cal U. will be offered beginning in Fall 2013. The program is designed to provide graduates with a high-tech skill set and knowledge in mechanical, electrical and computing technology through automated control and information systems.
The state Department of Labor and Industry has identified these skills as a high priority for future jobs. In a study of 280 U.S. companies, growth rates averaging 20 percent were reported in the manufacturing, service, medical and robotics sectors, all of which represent future employers for graduates of the new program.
|Link||4/5/2012||No||Mechatronics Engineering Technology|
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is the first university in the System and the Commonwealth to offer a low-cost, affordable Bachelors of Applied Science degree to students with Applied Associate degrees.
The Technical Leadership program will provide graduates of Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) technical degree programs with a direct pathway to a baccalaureate degree. It is designed to offer technical professionals in the Commonwealth the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to not only go beyond their knowledge in their specific technical field but also to effectively assume technical supervisory or management roles. The degree’s focus on the leadership, supervision and management skills required in today’s high-technology work environment makes it an applied baccalaureate degree well suited for students with an A.A.S. degree.
Bloomsburg University offers this B.A.S. degree completion program by co-locating and offering the program through varied instructional delivery methods in partnership with a community college(s). The proposed methods include, but are not limited to, face-to-face and online.
Clarion University of Pennsylvania is offering an online Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in Allied Health Leadership. The interdisciplinary focus of the program is unique within PASSHE and provides core courses in health care (with a significant clinical component) and business administration combined with courses in the liberal arts that support the development of decision makers and leaders.
This program will provide a career ladder for working professionals who have completed an accredited allied health educational program, and will position graduates for employment and career advancement opportunities in high-demand fields such as health services management as well as positions in health care education and medical sales. Further, the BS in Allied Health Leadership will prepare highly-qualified students for graduate education in fields such as health policy and health care administration.
|Link||1/19/2012||No||Allied Health Leadership|