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Executive Health Care Administration—MPA Program @ The University of Texas at Tyler

Spring 2018

The EHCA STATS CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH CARE ADMINSTRATION There is a new “Certificate in Executive Health Care Administration” at UT Tyler. This program is designed for those who hold non-administrative titles but desire to move into health care administration. The certificate program provides an introduction to the administrative side of healthcare without the full commitment of a graduate degree. There are 5 courses from the current curriculum, which can be completed within 9 months that would allow students to move into the graduate program if the student decides to transition into the full MPA program. Requirements to the program: 

undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0

1 year of health care experience or currently employed in healthcare

Students may enter the program at any semester, enjoy the convenience of online courses after one intensive week. The intensive week is at the beginning of each semester where students are required to attend classes as part of the executive cohort. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, the students can transition into the full EHCA-MPA program if application is within two years of the certificate completion date. For more information visit our website at:

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST  The EHCA Certificate  The HEAL Society  New Faces in EHCA  First Alumni Reunion

THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE EHCA-MPA PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYELR Dr. Patricia Royal, MSW, Ed.D, Director of the Executive Health Care AdministrationMPA Program, comes to us most recently from, East Carolina University where she was Associate Professor for ten years. Dr. Royal also served as the Director of Health Care Administration graduate

certificate for six years. The directorship involved all aspects of managing the program including marketing, curriculum, advising, assessment and accreditation.

“Health care industries and their associated occupations are expected to account for a large share of new jobs projected through 2026” - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

THE NEW EHCA PROGRAM COORDINATOR Marti Halbrook, MS, Program Coordinator of the Executive Health Care Administration-MPA program, comes to us from Tyler ISD as a middle school Girls’ Athletic Coordinator, Physical Education teacher and Coach. Marti also worked at Trinity Mother Frances Health System for twelve years. in Cardiac Rehab, Prevention and Director of the Regional Wellness Center.

EHCA ALUMNI REUNION—CALLING ALL COHORTS Please join us for our first annual EHCA Alumni reunion at the new UT Tyler Alumni House, Saturday, September 8th at 5:00pm. We are trying to reach all previous Cohorts 1 thru 6 to come celebrate, meet new people and share your story. The EHCA Program is graduating its 7th Cohort December 2018 and starting the 8th Cohort in September 2018! Let us hear from you, we would like to feature our graduates who went through the EHCA-MPA Program. Join our EHCA Alumni Facebook page!

U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare execu-

tives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must

Healthcare Executives & Leaders Society at The University of Texas at Tyler

THE HEAL SOCIETY The HEAL (Health Executives & Leaders) Society at the University of Texas at Tyler is now recognized as the first leadership society at the university. Thanks to Cohort 7 for starting this initiative. The purpose of this organization is to develop programs that meet the needs of aspiring healthcare professions by supplementing academic skills with professional skills that will build better leaders for the healthcare industry. The HEAL Society is committed to the success of future healthcare leaders, who are dedicated to a life of integrity, service and excellence as professionals within the communities we serve. We are also committed to each other by promoting leadership with an uniquely balanced student experience in an environment of innovative teaching and professional development shaped to serve East Texas and beyond. Membership is open to all healthcare students in good standing but is specifically designed for students seeking careers in healthcare administration from The University of Texas at Tyler in the: 

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy

direct changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology. Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for healthcare services.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Like any good business, health care needs quality managers to plan and supervise the delivery of health services by doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and technicians. Health care administrators can work in small health clinics or major medical centers; nursing homes and specialty hospitals and centers; group practices or community health organizations. Every health care operation needs management specialists to hire and evaluate personnel, coordinate health care delivery, manage finances and facilities, and keep track of legislation and trend in order to keep the business on the cutting edge.

EHCA ALUMNI WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1. Dancel Maxwell 2. Program: Executive Health Care Administration-MPA 3. Hometown: Longview, Texas

4. Undergraduate Institution: UT Tyler. I was part of the first nursing class to attend classes at the UT-Longview campus in 2002. 5. Cohort & Graduation Year: Cohort #1! & 2012 6. Current place of employment? Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine & Joint 7. Current position? ACNOAssistant Chief Nursing Officer 8. Why did you choose to attend UT Tyler? I chose UT Tyler because I received a great undergraduate education there, and it was close to home. 9. How did this graduate program support your career goals? I completed a semester

in the MBA and MSN programs, but the degree plans were not focused to my position in healthcare administration. Nursing school does not prepare you for the business and leadership skills necessary to succeed as a leader in the acute healthcare setting. The EHCA-MPA program was a perfect fit to expand my knowledge on human resources, finance, research, and leadership. 10. What did you like most about the EHCA program at UT Tyler? The EHCA program is structured to accommodate busy professionals with a succinct and carefully thought out schedule. The classes were very relevant to my work and I was able to immediately use the information and tools I learned throughout the program. I appreciated the coordination of intensive weeks and the availability of the pro-


Cecilia Apoderado-Carmona

2. Program: Executive Health Care Administration-MPA 3. Hometown: Tyler, Texas 4. Undergraduate Institution: University of Santo Thomas, Manila, Philippines 5. Cohort & Graduation Year: Cohort 6 & 2017 6. Current place of employment? The Center at Grande, Tyler, Texas 7. Current position? Director of Rehabilitation Services 8. Why did you choose to attend UT Tyler? For the excellence in program and convenient location 9. How did this graduate program support your career goals? It gave me an edge above all candidates for my current position 10. What did you like most about the EHCA program at UT Tyler? That it is an executive program which caters to the students schedule allowing even an extremely busy single parent with 5 children under her roof, and holding a full time job, to graduate with the support of professors and

UPD (Upsilon Phi Delta) is an honor society that all current EHCA students can work toward becoming members. As an associate member of AUPHA, the EHCA program students are eligible to be inducted into this society if their GPA is 3.75 or higher for at least the past 18 credit hours. Inductions for cohort 7 will be held in June 2018.

*Apply now for Fall 2018* Taking applications for Cohort 8 20 seats open and one is for you! The Executive Health Care Administration – MPA Program is designed for busy health care professionals and administrators who want to advance their education, skills, and knowledge to manage staff, organizations, and health systems. The EHCA-MPA Program consists of 12 courses taught in an Executive Cohort Format across 4 semesters (36 credit hours). There is a required 7-day classroom intensive week at the beginning of each semester with the remainder of the course delivered online. Characteristics that distinguish the EHCA-MPA Program are all our courses are 100% health care-focused, all our adjunct professors are degreed in a health care profession and have experience in health care, we limit our classes to 25 highly qualified students, three years employment of health care experience required, minimum GPA of 3.0, and no GMAT/GRE required. To get started you will need to:

For more information: contact: or 903-566-7193.

*Complete the Graduate School Application online ($50 one-time fee) *Email your resume to *Request all official transcripts and mail them to: The University of Texas at Tyler The Graduate School ADM 345 3900 University BLVD Tyler, TX 75799 *Three letters of recommendation *Write a 300 word essay. Topics may include; career objectives and how the EHCA program will aid in reaching them, a description of how your career has progressed to this point, or your view of the current status of our health care system. Program Cost The total cost of the program is $26,000. You will pay $6,500 before the start of the term. The program fee covers: * All required textbooks and course materials * Lunch and some dinners during the 7-day intensive week of classes * Graduation Fee * Cap & Gown Purchase * Special Program Fee * Tutors; access to personal writing coach * Access to online library resources * Career Counseling * Program Briefcase

“I chose UT-Tyler because of the course load and professors. In the EHCA –MPA program, the professors have actually worked in the field in which they are teaching. This was very important to me as a professional, to have a professor that could teach theory, but also application..” - B. Holland, Cohort 7

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