SOURCE: Western Governors University

June 10, 2008 12:14 ET

Western Governors University Offers New Online Degree in Health Informatics

Scholarship Is Also Offered for Qualified Applicants

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - The world of healthcare information is growing and changing rapidly. Across the nation, healthcare systems and medical facilities continue to improve information systems according to the industry's newest high-tech standards and best practices.

Western Governors University now offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics. This online degree combines healthcare with information technology, giving a graduate the knowledge and skills needed to design, develop, and operate health information systems.

The online health informatics degree program's core components provide a rigorous knowledge base in IT fundamentals, IT management and healthcare. Two industry-recognized IT certifications are included as part of this degree program at no extra cost. They are CompTIA A+ IT Technician and CIW v5 Database Design Specialist.

This online degree is designed for those who may already be in the healthcare profession seeking to develop health informatics and technology skills or for those who are already in information technology and who are seeking knowledge of the healthcare field. This program was created to bridge the gap between healthcare and information technology by building competencies in both areas.

Students who already have knowledge or associate's degrees in either area may be able to accelerate their progress and can possibly complete their degree in two to three years. Expected time to completion for students with little or no college experience is four to five years.

Tuition is very affordable at $2,790 per 6-month term or just $5,580 per year. (Tuition will become $2,890 effective 9/1/2008.) This is less than half of what other reputable online universities typically charge. A scholarship of $2,500, applicable at $500 per term for up to five terms, is available to qualified applicants. Enrollments are open continuously and new cohorts begin each month.

For more information, go to www.wgu.edu/healthinfo or call 1-888-225-5948.

About Western Governors University (WGU)

WGU is the only accredited online university in the U.S. offering competency-based degree programs. The private non-profit university has been a leader in online education for more than 10 years. WGU, now serving more than 10,000 students, was founded and is supported by 19 governors, as well as more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include corporations and foundations such as AT&T, BearingPoint, Dell, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, HCA, Microsoft, Oracle, Qwest, SunGard Higher Education, Sun Microsystems, and Zions Bank. WGU offers bachelor's and master's degrees in business, information technology, teacher education, and health professions, with students in all 50 states. More information is available at www.wgu.edu.

Contact Information

  • Contact for media inquiries:
    Gwen Castaldi
    Director of Public Relations
    801-290-3600
    gcastaldi@wgu.edu

    Contact for enrollment information:
    866-225-5948