"At Simmons College in Boston, the high demand for health care employees prompted the school in January to launch its health care MBA program, with a heavy emphasis on information technology courses, said Cathy Minehan, dean of the Simmons School of Management. The program aims to combine elements of a general MBA program with a master's degree in health administration.
Initially, Simmons hoped to enroll eight students in the program, but ended up with 18, said Minehan, the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. "It's a natural for Boston with all the health care institutions here," she said.
Sean Cunniffe, 26, a registered nurse, enrolled in the Simmons health MBA program in the hope of one day making the transition from practitioner to administrator.
"It's going to make me more appealing to a lot more organizations," said Cunniffe, who is getting the advanced Simmons degree while working part-time jobs at Boston Medical Center and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital."