Godfrey Gibbison, Dean
About the Program
The Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) is a degree completion program. This program is designed to meet the needs of working adults from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, by offering classes in convenient formats, including hybrid and online classes. The BPS offers concentrations in Applied Communication, Organizational Leadership and Management, and Healthcare and Medical Services Management.
Organizational Leadership and Management Concentration
The concentration in Organizational Leadership and Management is designed for leaders and managers. The ability to lead and harness talent within one’s team is essential in for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as in civic oriented organizations. Learn to recognize the diverse talents and perspectives of members of your team and leverage those talents and ideas to help the team, the organization and each individual excel and prosper. Leadership development is a critical skill in today’s workforce, and those skills are transferable to multiple organizational settings.
Applied Communication Concentration
The concentration in Applied Communication emphasizes communication techniques that can be applied in a wide variety of work, personal, and social situations.
Communication is about how people use messages to generate meanings across various contexts in an ethical, clear, concise, and comprehensive way and often involves persuading and motivating an audience to take action. Communication can also be used to elicit crucial hidden information, a useful skill in job interviewing or law enforcement. Businesses use communication of information as part of an overall business strategy. On a smaller scale, communication occurs in small groups and is affected by power relationships between various individuals. In these situations it is important to observe and properly interpret non-verbal cues in order to minimize miscommunication and conflict.
Information Systems Concentration
The Information Systems concentration will engage students in studying the effective design and use of information and communications technologies in organizations and society. Computer based information systems facilitate, enable and often define the relationships between corporations, buyers, suppliers, businesses, social networks, citizens and their governments. Understanding these relationships and effectively the addressing the ethical collection, flow, and secure distribution of information is vital to running a modern organization or government agency.
Healthcare and Medical Services Management Concentration
This concentration is a good fit for individuals who work in the healthcare industry in clinical professions, but are interested in expanding into managerial aspects of the industry. It is also an excellent fit for anyone working in managerial aspects of any healthcare organization of any size who seek formal credentials and/or documentation of their expertise. Students in this concentration will gain an understanding of healthcare industry structure, health care finance, operations management, the laws and regulations that govern healthcare operations, and leadership.
Student Learning Outcomes