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Online MSW: Certificate in Business Essentials for Health Care Professionals

Award-Winning Social Work Education for Health Care Administration

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Ranked Best Online MSW1

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  • Duration 2.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $925
  • Credit Hours 45

Program Benefits

  • No GRE/MAT Required
  • Local field practicum coordinated by field placement specialist
  • Graduate with both your master’s degree and a unique certification

Master the Essentials of Health Care Administration to Advance Your Social Work Career

Ranked a “Best Online Social Work” degree by College Choice and U.S. News and World Report, the online Master of Social Work program from Our Lady of the Lake University delivers the skills for advanced practice while focusing on the needs of the Hispanic population. And now, you can earn your MSW online with a Certificate in Business Essentials for Health Care Professionals (BEHP) in just two and a half years to better prepare for your chosen area of social work.

The online MSW with Certificate in BEHP program will prepare you to take on leadership, administrative, and management roles in social work while mastering the essentials of health care administration. With this program, you will gain the necessary critical thinking skills to become an ethical servant leader capable of leading health care organizations with evidence-based decision-making tools.

Servant Leadership Opportunities in Social Work

The need for top-skilled social workers is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field will grow by 12% through 2030, creating more than 89,000 new positions for social workers.2 Social work in the health care field is expected to grow even faster at a rate of 13%, creating nearly 25,000 new positions solely for social workers with essential business skills in health care.3

Respond to this growing demand with the online MSW with a Certificate in BEHP program from OLLU. You’ll learn from expert educators with real-world experience in both social work and health care as you build the essential expertise for the next step in your career.

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Academics for the Social Work Career You Want

The online MSW with Certificate in Business Essentials for Health Care Professionals program explores the essentials of health care administration and delivers the advanced social work skills that can make a difference in this field. As a student, you’ll build the expertise you need for career advancement opportunities in an in-demand area of social work and graduate with your MSW and a unique certification.

In OLLU’s interactive online classroom, you’ll complete a total of 18 courses, including three field education courses. In these courses, you’ll gain hands-on learning experiences that will prepare you for social work responsibilities in the field of health care administration.

Course Highlights:

  • SOWK 6328 Professional Writing in Social Work
  • HCMG 7325 Health Care Planning and Policy
  • SOWK 7338 Theories and Perspectives: Hispanics Children and Families
  • HCMG 7380 Managed Care for Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid Populations
  • SOWK 7371 Psychopathology
  • HCMG 7304 Management of Health Care Institutions
  • SOWK 7334 Practice with Hispanic Families
  • MGMT 8328 Negotiation and Persuasion
  • SOWK 7332 Social Work Practice with Hispanic Elders
  • HCMG 7330 Health Care Data Analytics and Decision Making
  • SOWK 6347 Evaluation of Social Work Practice with Hispanic Children and Families
  • SOWK 7366 Hispanics in the US: Policies and Programs
  • SOWK 7157 Advanced Integrative Seminar I
  • SOWK 8255 Advanced Social Work Field Education
  • SOWK 7158 Advanced Integrative Seminar II
  • SOWK 8256 Advanced Social Work Field Education II
  • SOWK 7159 Advanced Integrative Seminar III
  • SOWK 8257 Advanced Social Work Field Education III

Admission Requirements

No GRE or MAT required

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To apply for the online Master of Social Work with Certificate in Business Essentials for Health Care Professionals program from Our Lady of the Lake University, you’ll need:

A completed application
A Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited (The Council on Social Work Education) program with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
A personal statement addressing the following areas: Motivation for MSW with Certificate in BEHP degree; your long-range professional and scholarly interests; career goals; understanding of and identification of the Worden Student Code of Conduct emphasizing the growth and continued challenges from BSW to MSW student; and understanding of and identification of the missions of the Worden School of Social Service and the School of Business and Leadership.
Three letters of recommendation, no more than one year old

Recommended: An academic reference, a professional reference that speaks to social work skills/values, an employer or supervisor knowledgeable about managerial and/or professional performance

Tuition Details

$925 per credit hour

$41,625 total tuition

Furthering your career with an education from OLLU is an investment in your future. OLLU strives to make its degree programs affordable for everyone, so you have options when it comes to financing your education.

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Military Student Support

Our Lady of the Lake University is proud to support you as you balance your education with your personal and military service commitments. Our online programs offer the flexibility you need to conference with faculty members, study, and access course materials from wherever your busy life takes you. We also accept a variety of military education benefits to ensure the degree program you want is within reach.

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Faculty Spotlight

Tiffany Garcia, DIRECTOR OF THE MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM

Dr. Tiffany Garcia, LMSW joined the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University in 2016. She is the Director of the Master of Social Work Program and a Licensed Social Worker at the Master’s level.

She has a strong background and expertise within the mental health field, specifically individuals experiencing homelessness diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Within this population, she served families, veterans, elderly, and LGBTQ clients, just to name a few. She enjoyed direct practice work providing 1-1 and group therapy, using a trauma recovery empowerment model to help guide her work.

She has also served as a clinical team lead supervisor and divisional trainer for one of the largest mental health agencies in San Antonio. In this role she coached and developed staff in areas such as trauma informed care, recovery oriented systems of care, motivational interviewing techniques, crisis intervention skills, safety planning, group facilitation, and various evidence based practices to effectively serve clients.

As the Master of Social Work Program Director for Worden School of Social Service, Tiffany provides program development, improvement and assessment, curriculum design, and student, faculty, staff, and adjunct support.

Learn From Active Leaders and Engaged Scholars

Faculty at OLLU’s Worden School of Social Service are engaged scholars who are active in the social work field and have adopted the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics as a guide in the classroom and school community.

OLLU faculty offer:

  • Real-world field experience
  • Personal attention
  • Mentorship and support

Why Online Learning

Learning online with OLLU is just as engaging as our on-campus programs — the only difference is the flexibility to learn on your own schedule. Connect with lively discussion groups, complete your assignments and interact with your professors from wherever you prefer to work.

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Financial Aid

Seeking financial aid is a great way to reduce the out-of-pocket cost of getting your new degree — in fact, 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid to ease their transition back to school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 855-275-1082.

The online MSW with Certificate in BEHP program can be completed in as little as two and a half years.

The online MSW with Certificate in BEHP program is designed for professionals who work full-time. The program operates on a standard track with one class every 7 weeks, similar to a part-time format.

The first step for applying to the online MSW with Certificate in BEHP program is to submit your application.

OLLU currently offers one start date per year for this certificate program. To ensure you’re enrolled in time for your start date, apply now or call us at 855-275-1082.

After completing the online MSW with Certificate in BEHP program, you’ll be equipped for leadership, administrative, and management roles in your chosen area of specialization. Possible career paths include roles in financial operations, human resource and data management, market and economic analysis, and evidence-based strategic planning.

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Sources:

  1. Ranked “Best Online Master of Social Work” program by College Choice.
  2. Social Workers. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on Jan. 21, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm
  3. Social Workers, Job Outlook. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on Jan. 21, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm#tab-6