Nursing is a competitive major at IUPUC.
More than 100 pre-nursing students are typically turned away from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program each year, said Frank Wadsworth, head of the Division of Business.
Some of those students turn to a different major. Others wait a few years and reapply once or twice.
But 30 percent never finish a degree in the Indiana University system, he said.
That’s why the university is launching a new concentration in health services administration through the Division of Business.
“We want to give people different educational tracks,” Wadsworth said. “We don’t want them to drop out.”
The 18-credit concentration, which will begin in the fall with about 20 students, also will help meet local and regional employment needs.
The health services administration concentration at IUPUC will train students to develop and manage programs and policies that promote human health and wellness, prevent disease and deliver nursing and other specialized patient care.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for health services managers will grow 23 percent through 2022, and the median salary for these workers is $88,580.
Graduates are set up to work in positions as financial analysts, home health care consultants, long-term care administrators, group practice managers, human resources specialists or physician recruiters, among others.
“This field is supposed to grow significantly faster than the general economy,” Wadsworth said.
He said it’s because of the baby boomers, who are turning 65 at a rate of about 8,000 a day.
As that generation grows older and requires more health care services, an increased need for managers in that field is expected to follow.
“Hopefully we can help contribute educated ones,” Wadsworth said.
John Burnett, CEO of the Community Education Coalition, said the new concentration is a terrific fit and complements other degree offerings at Columbus higher education institutions.
He also is on the board of Economic Opportunities through Education by 2015, a regionally focused initiative that seeks to develop educational programs in fields including health care.
“The new IUPUC health services administration concentration is a fantastic opportunity to combine business education with the continued growth in the health services sector of our economy,” Burnett said.