December 17, 2015

HCM undergraduate program earns certification

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Health Care Management undergraduate program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale recently earned select national certification from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). 

SIU’s program, in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ School of Allied Health, is one of 46 from among several hundred in the United States, Canada and worldwide to earn AUPHA certification, Scott Collins, School of Allied Health director, said. Collins said his understanding is that SIU has the only AUPHA-certified Health Care Management program being offered in three formats: on-campus, 100 percent online, and at military bases through SIU Extended Campus. 

While the three-year certification is not mandatory, Collins said the accomplishment is “a quality indicator as the program goes through an intense peer review for evaluation.” Curriculum content, program operation and many other indicators are reviewed as part of the certification process. 

“Certification gives a seal of educational excellence and distinguishes the program from other similar programs,” Sandra K. Collins, associate professor and program director, said. “Prospective students, graduate programs, and even employers may look specifically for AUPHA certified programs since the seal of approval granted with certification assures graduates have met the highest standards as outlined by AUPHA.” 

In addition to on-campus and online offerings, the undergraduate degree program is available at six military locations: Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois; Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.; Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Maryland, and Naval Medical Center San Diego, California. Information regarding off-campus military educational programs is available at

Information about the university’s extended campus online programs is available