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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is introducing a new master of science dual degree program in health care and nursing administration and health-care informatics.

lyerla frankThe dual degree program prepares nurses for entry into management positions in health-care organizations and refines the skills of experienced nurse managers to mentor them for executive-level positions. Additionally, the program aims to foster skill development and perspective in planning, designing, implementing and using information technologies. The program provides a unique opportunity for health-care professionals to leverage prior education and experience to provide leadership to teams using technology to improve patient healthcare options.

“In 2008, less than 10 percent of acute care hospitals were using electronic medical records,” said Frank Lyerla, SIUE health-care informatics director. “Today, that percentage is nearing 100 percent! Graduates of our dual degree program will be well situated for leadership positions in two fields that are growing and in high demand.”

Lyerla points out that many career opportunities are available to the dual degree program graduates who are prepared to guide and lead other nurses by becoming managers, leaders or executives. Additionally, graduates are prepared to analyze and interpret clinical data and work with other allied health professionals to plan, implement and optimize health-care information systems providing training, project management and leadership within their organizations.