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Healthcare Programs

Today’s healthcare industry is experiencing dynamic changes resulting in a never-before-seen healthcare delivery landscape that requires a unique skill set. Healthcare managers hold jobs in a wide variety of sectors that include: hospitals, clinics, long-term care, information technology, nonprofit organizations, public health, mental health, insurance, marketing, finance, and public policy. Concordia prepares you for professional positions that enhance the operational efficiency and effectiveness of health and wellness organizations and improve the delivery of healthcare services.

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Master of Public Health

Positions related to public health are predicted to grow nearly 20% nationwide by 2026 – nearly double the rate for all other occupations. While healthcare serves a critical role in diagnosing and treating injury and illness, a career in public health will allow you to focus on proactive measures for preventing injury and reducing the spread of disease.

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Master of Healthcare Administration

The MHA program prepares students for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, corporate medical systems, outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, private practice offices, nonprofit, and community-based healthcare organizations.

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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

If you hold a bachelor’s degree and are looking to transition to nursing, our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) second degree program offers a fast-track to a new career. Build on the foundation of your prior coursework and complete the ABSN with hands-on experience, in as little as 15 months. In addition to classroom time, you will complete 765 hours in clinical settings throughout the course of the program.

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Undergraduate Pre-Nursing Minor

Concordia University Irvine's Pre-Nursing minor will give you the educational foundation to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Through this unique undergraduate track, you will be able to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology with a Pre-Nursing minor and be eligible for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. Both degrees can be completed in as little as 5 years.

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Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

Concordia University Irvine’s Master of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) certification eligibility prepares competent, compassionate, and holistic nursing professionals to be change agents in the world of healthcare.

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It's the people that make the program

  • Alumni Interview: Keya Gupta

    Alumni Interview: Keya Gupta

    "Early on in the program, I was eager to get involved in something that would supplement all that I was learning. Dr. Sinardi immediately connected me with Dr. Tricia Kassab, a seasoned executive who was looking for help on a project from a student. This was the start of my involvement in ACHE and an incredible mentor/sponsor relationship with Dr. Kassab, who is very much a part of my journey in healthcare today."

  • Alumni Interview: Lauren Williams

    Alumni Interview: Lauren Williams

    "Concordia is a smaller university that takes pride in its students. Through educational and professional support, Concordia allowed me to reach my full potential. I enjoyed connecting with my peers, the faculty and the community. I am proud to have chosen this university as it has helped me become greater in my achievements."

  • Dr. Nelson and Dr. Cathi Sinardi

    Studying Loss in Lockdowns

    By Magazine Editorial Team

    In early 2020, Concordia University Irvine faculty member Erin Nelson was on maternity leave and itching to start a new research project, amidst diaper-changing and the round-the-clock care that comes with raising two small children, one a newborn. Dr. Nelson has a strong background in interpersonal communications in the healthcare arena, and when the unprecedented public health lockdowns began, she felt an urgency to dive in and study what was happening in society.

  • Students Posing in front of Grimm Hall

    Student Team Participates in Case Study Competition

    By Magazine Editorial Team

    A team of four Concordia University Irvine Healthcare Administration graduate students participated for the first time in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Statewide College Bowl. ACHE is a professional society for healthcare leaders providing career development, education, networking and board certification in healthcare management for 48,000 members worldwide. 

  • Healthcare Competition team

    Concordia Master of Healthcare Administration Students are First Team in University History to Compete in Statewide Competition

    Graduate students from Concordia University Irvine’s Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program recently competed in Concordia University Irvine’s first-ever entry in the 2021 Healthcare Executives of Southern California College Bowl. Students from the liberal arts university faced teams from private and public universities across the state.

  • Catherine Sinardi, Ed.D. MFT

    Healthcare Roundtable

    By Orange County Business Journal

    Concordia University Irvine’s Director of Healthcare Programs Dr. Catherine Sinardi participated in a Q&A with healthcare professionals for the Orange County Business Journal.

  • COVID19 swab cartoon

    Three Positives in This Pandemic

    Yes, there are positives in this pandemic though we may have to look closely to find them. Here are a few of the observations that Professor Kane has made that are surprising, inspiring, and provide confidence that we will get through this.

  • Miseker Abate

    Treating Body & Soul

    By Magazine Editorial Team

    Miseker Abate immigrated with her family and theologian father from Ethiopia to Irvine and joined the Concordia University Irvine family. With a medical degree from UC Irvine and a master’s degree from Harvard, she now heads to Cornell for her surgical residency and plans for expanding medical access in Africa.

  • Hera Kissoyan

    Fulfilling Her Calling

    By Lori Basheda

    Hera Kissoyan’s grandmother had always told her that she had what it took to someday be a nurse. And she always told her grandmother that she was wrong.

  • Jessica Parris

    Nursing Alumna Boosts Student Engagement

    By Magazine Editorial Team

    Jessica Parris BSN ’13 decided to become a nurse after spending seven weeks in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with her daughter, born at 28 weeks.

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Dr. Terry Olson

Dr. Terry Olson
Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences
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Dr. Cheryl Smythe-Padgham

Dr. Cheryl Smythe-Padgham
Assistant Dean and Director of Nursing
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Patty Hunt
Sr. Graduate Admissions Counselor
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Brian Tressler

Brian Tressler
Graduate Admissions Counselor
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Alicia Redira
Graduate Admissions Counselor
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