The classes gave me the knowledge to easily manage my departmental budget, analyze patient data and make improvements.
I originally came to D'Youville College for the Physical Therapy program. It was the summer before beginning my fourth year in the PT program that I decided that I did not want to work on the clinical side of the healthcare field. As a result I looked at D'Youville's Health Services Administration (HSA) bachelor's degree program. My career goal shifted toward becoming a healthcare administrator within a hospital setting. Soon after being accepted in the BS program and beginning my classes, I realized how happy I was with my decision.
I graduated with my bachelor's degree in 2005, followed by my master's degree in 2008. Now, I'm an administrator for the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.
My HSA degree helped me in my career in many different ways. The classes gave me the knowledge to easily manage my departmental budget, analyze patient data and make improvements to our ever changing healthcare system. An internship with Kaleida Health of Buffalo helped me understand risk management and the importance of protecting patients, physicians and the hospital as a whole.
The most rewarding thing about studying at D'Youville College was the privilege to have such a community and family environment with my professors. It was these close relationships that helped the most in completing my thesis and gaining such an extensive knowledge of our health care system.
Justin Cooke,'08 & '05
Health Services Management (BS) & Health Services Administration (MS)