SNHU prides itself on providing a great variety of flexible, affordable, high-quality online programs that serve working adults who already are juggling personal and professional responsibilities. As educators, we’re always looking for ways to help people gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed and advance in their fields. Possibilities for creating new programs arise through ongoing research of existing options, industry trends and more, as well as feedback from subject-area experts and current and prospective students.
This year COCE Academics launched online programs in accounting, communication, nursing and psychology, providing much-needed higher education options for working adults seeking knowledge and credentials to advance their careers in these industries. Programs were developed in partnership with doctoral-level faculty and practicing subject-area experts from all over the country.
“Ensuring a high-quality new program requires a deliberate and careful design of program and course outcomes, assessment, and learning resources,” said Associate Vice President of Academic Quality & Assessment Randall Case. “Internal and external subject-matter experts help define the knowledge, skills and dispositions a graduate should possess, which provides the institution with a framework through which to design and develop effective course outcomes, assessments and learning resources that support those program outcomes.”
Our new online nursing programs remove barriers to advancement for working nurses and answer the critical need for flexible higher education opportunities in the field. “The online nursing programs are designed for working professionals challenged by family responsibilities and work demands, and who are geographically distant from a four-year university,” said SNHU Associate Dean of Nursing Kathleen Polley-Payne.
Based on standards and competencies identified in the Institute of Medicine’s “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report, nursing programs meet the demands of the nursing workplace and address the needs for prepared nurses in such areas as education, administration, quality improvement, patient care, clinical leadership and more.
Nursing degree programs include:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Program
- Advanced Pathway RN to MSN Option
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN):
- Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration
- Patient Quality and Safety Concentration
- Graduate certificate in Patient Quality and Safety
Developed by doctoral-prepared nursing faculty in partnership with the Community College System of New Hampshire, our programs feature dual admission processes, shared curricula development, scholarships and financial aid, as well as shared advising and faculty. “This partnership provides a new and innovative pathway for seamless educational advancement of associate degree nurses through to a master’s degree program,” said Anita Pavlidis, Department Chair of Nursing at NHTI – Concord’s Community College. “The outcome of this partnership will benefit the health recipients of New Hampshire and promote the nursing profession.”
Nursing programs had enrolled 106 students by April.
Designed to meet the growing demand for professionals who can apply psychology principals in professional, non-clinical contexts, our new online Master of Science in Psychology programs were created with input from current SNHU undergraduate psychology students, doctoral-level faculty and industry experts. Students may choose a concentration in Child & Adolescent Development Psychology or Industrial-Organizational Psychology. While the online master’s in psychology program does not lead to licensure or certification, courses are aligned with industry standards and guidelines.
“Students who pursue the Master of Science in Psychology will analyze the connections between classic psychology theories and contemporary research/issues as well as develop high-level qualitative and quantitative skills through application-based learning,” said Dr. Michelle Hill, assistant dean of Social Sciences. “Students’ experiences in this program can be directly applied both personally and professionally to a variety of career paths as well as the pursuit of doctoral studies.”
The psychology principles and knowledge gained in the programs can be applied in fields such as justice studies, human resources, education and child development, organizational leadership, conflict management, sport management, healthcare, product design and development, and more. “Psychological theories and concepts are pretty universal and applicable across disciplines,” Hill said.
Psychology launched for the January term and had enrolled 165 students for the April term.
The field of communication is rapidly developing to meet the increased appetite for new media. Communication professionals who can navigate a cross-cultural and integrated world are in demand. The new, innovative Master of Arts in Communication was designed for those seeking to launch or advance careers in public relations, marketing, social media, journalism, advertising, organizational communications and more, and provides a seamless pathway to a master’s degree for current undergraduate communication students. The program provides a unique focus on building skills for practitioners using evolving technology rather than on traditional theory. Students choose between concentrations in Public Relations and New Media & Marketing.
“By focusing on a practical application degree, our program is distinct from other schools that currently offer communication course work that is rooted in dated practices and traditional theory. We want students to be able to apply what they learn to their life every day,” said Assistant Dean for Writing and Communication Programs Patrick Hayes. “The appeal of this degree is that it can be used to increase opportunities and success in nearly all professions. The possibilities are limitless.”
Communication launched in February and had enrolled 30 students for the April term.