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Weber State University’s Healthcare Administration Program has been recognized as one of the top 15 bachelors programs by the Long-Term Care Administration of 2018-2019. They are ranked number 11 in the country.

The ranking is based on the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA) accreditation and affordability to help students.

Pat Shaw, chair of health administrative services at WSU, said it was nice to get recognized.

“We’re not seeking to be number one, we’re just trying to deliver high quality education that meets the needs of the community,” Shaw said. “We’re providing the professionals for tomorrow.”

Assistant Professor and Program Director of Health Administration Dr. Cory Moss expressed how students should remember WSU.

“For us as a program, our students go on and continue to be leaders in the industry, making sure that they recognize Weber State as the originator or author of where they got their degree,” Moss said.

According to the Healthcare Administration Degree’s website, the average employment rate for medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average salaries for health administrators are also impressive, with the median annual wage for medical and health services managers reported to be over $98,000 as of May 2017, according to the Healthcare Administration Degrees website.

This isn’t the first time that WSU has been recognized for its Healthcare Department. WSU has been ranked in the top 20 health administration programs for the last three years consistently.

WSU’s website says a bachelor’s degree in long term care administration prepares students to work in assisted living, nursing facilities and hospice agencies.

“One of the things that we always want our students to do as alumni is to come back and be involved in the university,” Moss said. “I think that’s an important aspect, making sure that they stay connected to the program.”

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