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UNLV Newsmakers 2021: April | News Center | University of Nevada, Las Vegas - UNLV NewsCenter UNLV Newsmakers 2021: April | News Center | University of Nevada, Las Vegas - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 11 May 2021 03:04 PM PDT Housing projects, vaccinations, systemic change, and economic recovery in Las Vegas were big topics for UNLV during the month of April.  As students carried on with virtual and in-person learning, UNLV continued to be a part of the action on national crises. On-campus inoculation teams progressed in serving both first and second-dose vaccinations to Nevada residents. University experts provided expertise on hospitality and police reform as pandemic restrictions lessened and the Derek Chauvin police brutality trial came to an end. A UNLV student team competed in an international solar homebuilding competition and won third in the world for their design of a dwelling built for military veterans with PTSD. And the university

Best Health Degrees Releases National Rankings of Human Services Master's Programs - PRNewswire

Best Health Degrees Releases National Rankings of Human Services Master's Programs - PRNewswire


Best Health Degrees Releases National Rankings of Human Services Master's Programs - PRNewswire

Posted: 19 Apr 2021 05:41 AM PDT

DURHAM, N.C., April 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Best Health Degrees (https://www.besthealthdegrees.com/), an independent, free online source for information on healthcare degrees and careers, has released three rankings of the best Human Services Master's degree programs in the US:

25 Best Human Services Master's Programs for 2021
(https://www.besthealthdegrees.com/best-human-services-masters)
10 Best Online Human Services Master's Programs for 2021
(https://www.besthealthdegrees.com/best-online-human-services-masters)
10 Fastest Online Human Services Master's Programs for 2021
(https://www.besthealthdegrees.com/accelerated-human-services-masters)

The Top 3 Human Services Master's Programs for 2021 are:

1. Lehigh University - Bethlehem, PA
2. University of Delaware - Newark, DE
3. Oklahoma State University - Tulsa - Tulsa, OK

The Top 3 Online Human Services Master's Programs for 2021 are:

1. Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ
2. University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK
3. Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

The Top 3 Fastest Human Services Master's Programs for 2021 are:

1. Purdue University Global - West Lafayette, IN
2. Oklahoma State University - Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
3. Regent University - Virginia Beach, VA

A complete list of all institutions ranked is included at the end of this release.

"If you have an interest in, or work in, a community or non-profit agency, counseling, program development and funding, or others," Best Health Degrees editors explain, "you may want to earn a master's degree in Human Services." As the editors state, "In one of the fastest-growing careers in the country, you'll find that a master's degree in Human Services will greatly expand your options in the human services field." "While you can enter the field with a bachelor's degree, many employers are attracted to candidates who have advanced degrees like a master's degree," according to the editors; "Additionally, a master's degree can open diverse career opportunities in leadership, management, and supervision." While on-campus programs still have their value, especially for students who want to make connections and find mentors, "One of the great benefits of online degree programs is the convenience. With online study, you'll be able to continue to work, meet family obligations, and have a positive work-life balance."

Best Health Degrees provides current information that aspiring healthcare professionals need to explore their career options.

All Institutions in the Best Human Services Master's Rankings (in alphabetical order):

Albertus Magnus College - New Haven, CT

Amridge University - Montgomery, AL

Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ

Bryan College - Dayton, TN

CUNY School of Professional Studies - New York, NY

California State University, Northridge - Northridge, CA

Capella University - Minneapolis, MN

Chestnut Hill College - Philadelphia, PA

Concordia University Chicago - Chicago, IL

Concordia University St Paul - St. Paul, MN

Coppin State University - Baltimore, MD

East Tennessee State University - Johnson City, TN

Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, IL

Houston Baptist University - Houston, TX

Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

Lehigh University - Bethlehem, PA

Liberty University - Lynchburg, TN

Lincoln University - Lincoln University, PA

McDaniel College - Westminster, MD

Minot State University - Minot, ND

NSU Florida - Broward County, FL

National Louis University - Chicago, IL

Oklahoma State University - Tulsa - Tulsa, OK

Pacific Oaks College - San Jose, CA

Purdue University Global - West Lafayette, IN

Regent University - Virginia Beach, VA

Saint Leo University - St Leo, FL

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Winona, MN

Southwestern Assemblies of God University - Waxahachie, TX

Springfield College - Springfield, MA

St Joseph's College (NY) - Brooklyn, NY

Texas Southern University - Houston, TX

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

University of Baltimore - Baltimore, MD

University of Dayton - Dayton, OH

University of Delaware - Newark, DE

University of Illinois Springfield - Springfield, IL

University of Nebraska Lincoln - Lincoln, NE

University of North Georgia - Dahlonega, GA

University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA

University of Redlands - Redlands, CA

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI

Walden University - Minneapolis, MN

Warner Pacific University - Portland, OR

Webster University - Webster Groves, MO

West Liberty University - West Liberty, WV

Wilmington University - Wilmington, DE

Winona State University - Winona, MN

Contact:
George Allen
Media Manager, Best Health Degrees
[email protected] 
https://www.besthealthdegrees.com/about 
(919) 864-2220

SOURCE Best Health Degrees

Coursera Boosts Its International Presence With Several New Degree And Certificate Programs - Forbes

Posted: 19 Apr 2021 08:10 AM PDT

In a bid to enlarge its global footprint, Coursera, the online learning platform and one of the pioneers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), today announced it was launching five new degree programs at three of the world's leading universities. The launch also includes several new online certificate programs.

The new degrees include the first programs on Coursera from universities in Brazil and India. With these additions, Coursera now offers 30 degrees from university partners across nine countries, as it ramps up to generate and meet student demand for online degrees. 

The five new degree programs were described in a blog posted today by Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera:

In addition, Vandenbosch announced that Coursera was introducing six new MasterTrack™ Certificates. These programs split complete degree programs into modules that learners complete in 3-12 months and for which they can earn a certificate. The completed courses are then counted as credit if the students are accepted into the degree program.

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Finally, Coursera unveiled four new certificate programs from two leading Indian universities.  

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Coursera was founded in 2012 by former Stanford University computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. Based in Mountain View, California, the company offers an array of online content, including courses, certificates, projects and degrees from top universities.

The company went public on March 31, 2021 with an IPO of 15.73 million shares priced at $33 apiece. It is listed (COUR) on the New York Stock Exchange. As of this writing, shares are trading at $42 and the company has a market cap of nearly $5.5 billion.

Although Coursera continues to expand, it has yet to make a profit. Revenue jumped in 2020 by 59% to $293 million, but the company nevertheless recorded a net loss of $66.8 million that same year, according to its SEC filings, up from $46.7 million in 2019.

The initial vision of Coursera's founders was to provide learners from around the world free access to college courses taught by faculty from premier universities. But since then, as the problems with that approach became apparent, it's increased its inventory of paid offerings.

The company has three lines of business: 1) individual learners who sign up for free courses or pay for classes on a per-course or monthly basis: 2) an enterprise line where businesses, governments and other organizations pay for their employees to take Coursera courses to bolster relevant skills; and 3) undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered in partnership with what now involves dozens of institutions.

While the degree line is still the smallest in terms of revenue, that may change as the company targets the millions of learners who might opt for online courses from top-flight universities. In 2020, the number of degree students on Coursera grew by 91% compared to 2019, according to the company, and it has expanded its workforce by 300 staffers.

Coursera boasts that it now has 77 million learners from 190 countries. Converting even a modest percentage of them to paying customers for online degrees would increase its revenue dramatically. The latest course and program additions take aim at expanding this segment of Coursera's business, specifically its overseas market.

Purdue adds externship program to certification prep courses for health care central service technicians - Purdue News Service

Posted: 19 Apr 2021 08:32 AM PDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is pairing its online courses to prepare health care professionals for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician exam with an externship program that gets them the 400 hours of experiential learning they must have to take the exam and become certified.

The externships are now available through a partnership between Purdue Online and the College of Biomedical Equipment Technology. CBET, based in San Antonio, is a 13-year-old accredited private college offering biomedical equipment and health care technology and management training aimed at meeting demand for trained personnel in the health care industry.

"Purdue well understands how partnerships with professional institutions and organizations like CBET can add value to our non-degree offerings for professionals," said Gerry McCartney, executive vice president of Purdue Online.

CBET will work with its large network of health care organizations to place individuals in an externship site convenient for them, with a qualified externship supervisor and personal live support throughout the program. The externships give central service, operating room, infection control and material management employees on-site experience at an approved facility.

Purdue already offers online International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) certification training. Purdue's program covers central service, health care leadership and health care materiel management, including a Central Service Technical Training course and a Central Service Leadership course, along with online certification exam review courses.

"A student can go through the Purdue program and, when they're ready to serve their externship, we're ready to arrange that," said Matt Bassuk, CBET's director of learning technologies and marketing.

The 400 hours of hands-on experience is required to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam from IAHCSMM. The gold standard for the field,  IAHCSMM certification helps central service technicians demonstrate that they possess the essential knowledge and skills necessary for managing critical duties safely, effectively and consistently. It also ensures that they're current with evolving instrumentation, technology, standards and best practices.

CBET's expertise in facilitating externships and job placement made for a "natural and nice alignment to add value to the certificate program Purdue currently has," said Richard Gonzales, CBET's director. "It's also fantastic for our students to be exposed to Purdue programs and opportunities. There's all sorts of pathways these students could move into."

CBET announced the Purdue partnership during the MD Expo, an industry conference for health care technology managers, held Friday and Saturday (April 16 and 17) in Dallas.

Central service technicians, also known as medical sterilizers, are on the front lines when it comes to preventing infection and ensuring patient safety. Their role in sterilization of instruments and devices is a vital responsibility in hospitals and other health care facilities.

Because of their key role, central service technicians have a plethora of career opportunities. Trained and certified employees are needed in hospitals and clinics; surgery, ambulatory and outpatient centers; dentist offices; and more. Demand for these technicians routinely outstrips supply.

"The folks who graduate out of these types of programs are going right to work," Gonzales said.

For more information about central service courses and externships through Purdue, visit the program website or email centralserv@purdue.edu.

Writer: Greg Kline, 765-426-8545, gkline@purdue.edu

Here's why Eastern Institute of Technology is your pathway to success - Study International News

Posted: 18 Apr 2021 11:09 PM PDT

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life as we know it, putting at risk the health, jobs and incomes of millions of people around the world. It has also brought to light the widening skills gap in the workforce and the importance of gaining additional skills beyond undergraduate degree level.

Management consulting company McKinsey notes that even before the pandemic, changing technologies and new ways of working were disrupting jobs and impacting on the skills employees need to do them. They found that 87% of executives experienced skill gaps in the workforce or expected them within a few years.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has said there is a shortage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals in many countries. ICT is a key economic sector and the backbone of the digital economy across all sectors. "A lack of skilled labour will constrain future growth and job creation" it said.

For savvy professionals who are looking to upskill, the skills gap presents exciting new career opportunities and greater job security. Whilst commencing face to face study is not possible for many students in the current climate, online learning is an opportunity to learn from wherever students are while simultaneously opening the door to new career opportunities. One institution that offers busy professionals flexible online learning opportunities is the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in New Zealand. EIT has introduced EITGraduate Online, providing an opportunity for postgraduate students to move forward with their plans for studying overseas, even while they are unable to travel overseas.

Postgraduate certificate programmes that lead to a Master's degree

EIT

Completing a Postgraduate Certificate in one specialisation and a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in another area of study means students will walk away with two qualifications. Source: Eastern Institute of Technology

EIT offers a wide range of online pathway programmes that can lead to Master's qualifications. This includes the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management, Postgraduate Certificate in Business Analytics (pending New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approval), Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Business, Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology, Postgraduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science.

The online Postgraduate Certificates can be completed in six months full-time or on a part-time basis over a longer period, enabling students to study at their own pace to fit in with work and lifestyle.

EIT's Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management programme, for instance, is designed to apply an advanced and broad body of knowledge to students' applied management knowledge and to equip students with the skills needed to keep their knowledge current.

For those who want to deepen their understanding of the IT arena's conceptual and theoretical elements, the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology programme will be ideal. The programme is designed to produce IT graduates who can think critically and have a number of high-level skills in the IT field that can be applied in a wide range of situations.

EIT's online learning experience doesn't entail passively learning through a computer screen. The Institute's online postgraduate programmes feature live courses and a hands-on, engaging approach to learning. The online tools and modules encourage active participation from students.

Another benefit of studying online with EIT is the flexibility to learn from wherever students are, without a student visa. Courses that have been successfully completed online, can be credited into an EIT Master's degree, which can be completed on campus in New Zealand once borders reopen. To study onshore in New Zealand, students must meet Immigration New Zealand requirements for a student visa.

Future-forward programmes for busy professionals

EIT

Dr Ondene van Dulm, Head of School, Health and Sport Science. Source: Eastern Institute of Technology

Studying at EIT enables students to gain a world-class education from experts in their fields. Echoing this is the Head of School of Health and Sport Science Dr Ondene van Dulm: "Our globally relevant course content, innovative online teaching, and individual academic support will help students to progress their careers across a broad range of health contexts.''

EIT's postgraduate qualifications have a high level of flexibility. Students can upskill or retrain in a way that best suits them by customising their programme of study to cater to their areas of interest.

"Our flexible postgraduate programmes allow you to gain a highly respected qualification by studying in a way that suits your lifestyle or work," says Schools of Business and Computing head Dr Sabine Hoffmann. "With innovative learning modules and highly personalised academic support, we will help you take your career to the next level.''

Ultimately, whether students wish to pivot into a new industry or develop the knowledge and skills to stay relevant in their current industry, EIT's online pathway programmes can help students achieve this.

EIT welcomes students from all corners of the globe. If you're ready to take your career to the next level, click here to find out more.

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