Northern Arizona University and OpusVi partner to launch online MBA in Healthcare costing less than $20K

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Many healthcare workers are forced to choose between affordability and quality when selecting an educational program that can help them gain the skills necessary to perform crucial tasks. This is not only true for clinical education that directly affects patient care, but also non-clinical education that is required to keep healthcare organizations running efficiently, to ensure healthcare workers are happy and healthy, and to ultimately drive positive patient outcomes. The need for business-savvy healthcare professionals at every level and across business functions is indisputable — with a focus on delivering patient-centered, value-based care; the continuing pressure of cost control while costs are ballooning; and the COVID-19 health crisis that expedited changes in an already continually evolving environment; all healthcare professionals should be equipped to optimize processes in their organization to achieve optimal outcomes.

“While it’s understandable on an individual level to opt for a lower-cost option over a high-quality one, it’s entirely unacceptable that healthcare professionals have to make the choice in the first place,” says Andrew Malley, CEO of OpusVi. “This is why OpusVi is proud to be partnering with Northern Arizona University to launch a high-quality, online MBA specifically created for healthcare professionals, at a tuition price of less than $20,000. With a structure that accommodates tuition reimbursement, the out-of-pocket tuition expense for students could be as low as $3,500, or even completely free if students submit a successful application to OpusVi and CommonSpirit Health’s Equity Impact Fund.”

A program made with healthcare professionals, for healthcare professionals

The program is not only a stellar option for healthcare professionals due to its affordability but also because it was specifically designed for the health industry. 

“In the wake of the global pandemic, the importance of a vibrant and innovative healthcare sector is greater than ever before,” adds José Luis Cruz Rivera, President of Northern Arizona University. “Key to achieving this level of excellence is ensuring that healthcare leaders have the requisite skills to address mission-critical issues like quality, access, and affordability. Our Franke College of Business’s groundbreaking partnership with OpusVi promises to help achieve this objective for the benefit of the state of Arizona and the nation overall.”

Focusing on students and impact

OpusVi’s Chief Product Officer, Kurt Hayes, explains why NAU was chosen as a strategic partner, “NAU is a nationally-ranked, not-for-profit institution. Moreover, they pride themselves at being student-centric and teaching-focused. This means that we have the opportunity to work with a faculty that is incredibly collaborative and willing to pull in outside resources, such as leading health executives from across the country, to make this program the best it can be. Imagine a true collaboration of industry and academia that results in relevant and applied learning — this is what we’re doing with NAU.”

Transforming the Healthcare Workforce

About Northern Arizona University

Since 1899, Northern Arizona University has fostered a collaborative community and a student-centered approach that engages students in active professional growth and research. Students work closely with faculty mentors, participating in rigorous scholarly activities and hands-on experiences in business, the arts, education, the humanities, and the sciences. Steeped in a rich history, NAU has nurtured a dynamic culture of academic inquiry and excellence that permeates its programs at the university's main campus in Flagstaff, more than 20 locations across Arizona, and online.

About Northern Arizona University

Transforming the Healthcare Workforce

About William A. Franke College of Business

The W. A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University prepares students to become leaders and make a difference in a world that is changing almost daily. Scholars hone their craft as they build a professional network filled with the best minds in business. Close collaboration with faculty mentors, immersive learning opportunities, and a shared commitment to big-picture thinking define the student experience.

About William A. Franke College of Business