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Looking Back and Seeing How Far We Have Come

Alumni Survey Results:  

Graduates report on careers and share thoughts on the HSM Program

The Health Systems Management (HSM) degree program within the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing was founded just over a decade ago, created to meet the growing need for socially just and ethically-based healthcare administrators. This year HSM is celebrating its ninth graduating class with 65 new graduates. With almost 300 HSM alumni now in the national workforce, Loyola University Chicago has begun to leave its healthcare administration footprint from coast to coast. 

Earlier this year the 2015 and 2016 graduating classes were asked to complete a survey describing their current careers and impressions of the HSM degree program. The results are helping the HSM Program better serve students going forward.

With over 60 percent of 2015-2016 graduates responding, we learned 88 percent are employed in healthcare organizations around the country and another 8 percent are in graduate or professional school full-time. The top three employment sectors for respondents were hospital systems, health information technology organizations, and healthcare consulting firms. HSM alumni are working as project managers, data analysts, reimbursement specialists, practice managers, and more.

Almost 25 percent of 2015-2016 graduates are pursuing further education in graduate or professional school either full or part-time, and another 60 percent have plans to return to school within the next three years. A small percentage have earned a specialty certification such as Lean Six Sigma or Project Management.

Roughly 85 percent of respondents believe the HSM degree program did an “excellent” or “good” job of positioning them for success in their careers, and over 50 percent reported HSM exceeded their expectations as a degree program with another 45 percent reporting their expectations fully met. 

We learned just how much our alumni valued their interactions with faculty, the relationships they have maintained over time, and the practitioner experience our faculty bring to the classroom. They also gave us actionable ideas on how we can adapt the program to growing changes in healthcare delivery.

The alumni survey is an important touch point between graduates in the field and the ever-evolving HSM program. Our alumni have found many ways to stay involved in their alma mater – serving on the MNSON Alumni Board and the HSM External Advisory Board, mentoring seniors in the capstone project, guest lecturing in classes, offering job shadowing at their organizations or sitting on career panels. One of our HSM graduates is even teaching as an adjunct professor in the program. Whatever the role, we welcome all our former students back to HSM.

Thank you to all alumni who participated in the survey. Another survey will be sent out to 2017 graduates in the next year, so keep an eye on your inboxes and the opportunity to help shape the future of HSM. Be sure to respond and stay connected!

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