MSU-WP introduces new healthcare supply chain management certificate option

Officials at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) announce the addition of a new healthcare supply chain management certificate option to its Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology degree program.
The certificate has been approved by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) and the Higher Learning Commission, MSU-WP's accrediting agency.
Students seeking the certificate will develop essential skills in supply and demand concepts, warehousing and operating plans, inventory management, procurement methods, distribution management, continuous improvement, quality management, and cutting-edge technologies tailored specifically for the healthcare industry. 
Designed to meet the evolving needs of the healthcare sector, the healthcare supply chain management certificate opens doors to a myriad of career opportunities upon completion, officials said. Graduates can pursue employment in diverse settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, reference laboratory facilities, and mental health institutions, among others.
Professionals already engaged in the healthcare supply chain field also can benefit from these courses as part of their ongoing professional development, potentially leading to enhanced prospects for career advancement and promotion, university officials said.
This certificate program is delivered entirely online, providing flexibility and accessibility for students balancing academic pursuits with existing commitments. Consisting of four courses, each carrying three credit hours, the curriculum is structured to ensure comprehensive coverage of essential topics.
During fall semesters, students will take Introduction to Healthcare Supply Chain (HSC 100) and Healthcare Supply Chain Planning (HSC 125). During spring semesters, they will delve into Healthcare Inventory Management (HSC 150) and Healthcare Logistics and Innovation (HSC 175).
"We are thrilled to introduce this exciting certificate option to our health information technology program," said Tresa Ryan, program director, assistant professor and department chair of health information technology. "In today's dynamic healthcare landscape, efficient supply chain management is more critical than ever. This certificate equips students with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in this rapidly evolving field, ultimately contributing to the enhancement of healthcare delivery and patient outcomes." 
For more information about the healthcare supply chain management certificate option or to enroll, prospective students are encouraged to visit or contact the admissions office at 417-255-7955.
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