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Francis Marion University adds new MBA degree

Dr. Kay Lawrimore-Belanger (Source: FMU) Dr. Kay Lawrimore-Belanger (Source: FMU)
Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price (Source: FMU) Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price (Source: FMU)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Francis Marion University's School of Business and Department of Nursing will be offering a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Executive Management starting this fall.

“There is a tremendous medical industry within the Pee Dee area. Because of it, there is a need for innovative approaches to enhance patient outcomes and cost management strategies,” explained Dr. Kay Lawrimore-Belanger, director of the FMU MBA Program.

The MBA-HEM is a 30-hour graduate program that will be offered primarily online, like FMU's standard MBA, but will consist of 18-credit hours through the School of Business and 12-credit hours from the Master of Science in Nursing Program, according to a FMU news release. Students will attend no more than three on-campus classes a semester through the online hybrid class and Lawrimore-Belanger says it is ideal for students who are trying to balance their professional and personal lives.

“In the (new MBA-HEM) program, students work closely with faculty to explore the most pressing issues in the field, which includes the financial aspects working professionals in healthcare face each day,” added Lawrimore-Belanger.

Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price, chair of FMU's Department of Nursing, believes the program is essential for those working in or entering the world of healthcare. “All practitioners need to understand today's business of healthcare to provide value-based best patient outcomes,” said Wittmann-Price.

The admission requirements for the MBA-HEM program are the same as the university's traditional MBA Program.

For further information, contact Lawrimore-Belanger at or (843)-661-1424 or Wittman-Price at or (843)-661-4625.

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