Shippensburg University Distance Learning

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a university of public status that is located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Shippensburg is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and has been repeatedly ranked among top public universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report. As a public university, students have access to a variety of educational opportunities and at affordable rates.

Shippensburg offers students a chance to save a lot of time, money, and effort with an assortment of Degree Completion programs. There are three such programs leading to their own degrees. These are the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies in Technical Management, and the Bachelor of Social Work in Social Work. These programs are generally completed making use of evening division classes, but these can also be taken completely online.

To get a feel for these programs, one can examine the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program. The specifics of the program are that students learn about the structural pattern of healthcare organizations, the people within them, and how to resolve conflicting factions in order to maintain the structure’s efficiency. To enter this program, one must have work experience in this field and 60 credits (the equivalent of an associate’s degree).

From that point, one completes a track of 45 credits to arrive at their Bachelor’s following the termination of their studies. Students take a foundation course, Introduction to Health Care Systems, a few core courses, like Technical Writing for the Professions, some healthcare professional courses, like Health Care Financial Management, some approved electives, and either an internship or a research project. The internship and/or research project serves as a capstone to the program. This allows students to shave 15 credits off of a standard baccalaureate degree and fortify their studies by tieing it all together in practice.

The other programs follow a similar course, foundation, essentials, electives, and a capstone. It should be noted that Shippensburg doesn’t explicitly offer an online degree program, but rather offers degrees with an alternative online format. This is because the university makes no distinction between the two and treats online courses with the same credit, care, and attention.

As a state university, tuition rates fall within an affordable range for most students and rates differ dependent upon the student’s status of residency. Residents of Pennsylvania will pay $5,358 per year for full-time study and non-residents pay the rate of $13,396 following the same conditions. For graduate level study (which will be seeing the rise of online degree programs in the near future), residents/non-residents pay $6,430 per year/$10,288 per year for full-time study or $357 per credit hour/$572 per credit hour. The rates have experienced slight variations over the years, but the general trend is downward.

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