By Pamela Johnson, August 2015
I chose Utica College because Utica offered a MHA in Healthcare Administration with an internship option. At that time, a Master's in Healthcare Administration course online was not commonplace. A Master's in Healthcare Administration course with an internship option was definitely not conventional. When I applied to Utica, I submitted a resume, application, and transcripts. After receiving my acceptance letter via email, I was given a toll free number and access code, and attended an online virtual open house webinar. During the webinar, I asked questions, listened to others in the course, learned about the curriculum and key aspects of the program. Then, I learned how to log into the classroom, post assignments, and where to go for technical assistance through an online course platform webinar.
Utica offers several specializations such as acute care, long-term care, service organizations, and community health and wellness. The HCA Director reached out to me personally and we established a plan of study tailored to my interests. The classes were set up in eight-week increments, with at least one teleconference a week. Teleconferences were a team effort that allowed me to discuss what I learned with my classmates and the professor. Whenever I worked late, the next day I called in to listen to the pre-recorded version.