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Members of the Missouri State University Board of Governors today,
During their meeting in
In addition, they approved resolutions to add Agricultural Business, Culinary Arts and General Business as new emphasis areas for the Associate of Applied Science in Entrepreneurship degree; to remove
The resolutions were approved as part of the board's consent agenda and will now be submitted to the
"In today's quickly changing world of business, industry and technology, Missouri State-West Plains must align its academic offerings with those changes and, as far as possible, anticipate what our students will need when they soon enter or re-enter the workforce in our region and beyond," said
The AS in Agriculture is designed for students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in the discipline at
The new agriculture and business-based certificates are designed to meet the specific educational needs and interests of area residents based on their current employment status or future employment desires. All will dovetail into specific associate degrees offered at Missouri State-West Plains, and several are designed to meet requirements of specific bachelor's degrees at
The Certificate in Health Information Technology is part of the university's push to expand its allied health offerings, according to
"Medical billing and coding professionals are an important link between healthcare providers and insurance companies. These professionals are responsible for ensuring that physicians receive the correct reimbursements from insurance companies. Working with organizations such as
"As more baby boomers reach retirement and the elderly population continues to grow, a larger number of people will need frequent medical care. This includes supportive functions from medical billing and coding professionals who can pursue opportunities at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, public health facilities and insurance agencies. Furthermore, healthcare organizations in our local service area have expressed demand for professionals with these competencies on a continuum. The study of healthcare information technology has become central to all that a practitioner does and a healthcare management instructor teaches."
Those who complete the certificate will be able to seamlessly integrate into Missouri State-West Plains' new Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology degree, which is still in the development stage, she said. After completing the degree, students could potentially transfer into established bachelor's degrees in information technology at selected four-year institutions, she added.
The Certificate in Wine Business and Entrepreneurship is designed to support the existing AAS degrees in Viticulture and Enology offered by Missouri State-West Plains as part of its participation in the
Boys said the addition of emphasis areas for the AAS in Entrepreneurship degree will better serve students and the community by preparing them for careers with many local opportunities. The removal of
Now that resolutions for these academic program changes have been approved by the board, Lancaster said university officials hope to forward the proposals to CBHE in time for action at the group's September meeting. If approved by CBHE, Missouri State-West Plains will then be authorized to offer 15 associate degrees and 19 certificate options.
For more information about these degrees and certificate options, visit the Missouri State-West Plains website, www.wp.missouristate.edu,
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