Mansfield University offers new degree programs

MANSFIELD — The Chancellor’s Office of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has approved several new degree programs to be offered by Mansfield University. The new programs include an associates of science in business administration, associate of science in chemical technology, associate of applied science in health education, associate of science in substance use and behavior disorder counseling and a bachelor of science in respiratory care.

The Chancellor’s Office also has approved a newly reorganized program, associate of applied science in environmental technology, with an optional concentration in safety management, and reactivated its associate of science in computer information systems.

“Mansfield University is committed to providing opportunities that help our region meet its educational and workforce needs,” said John M. Ulrich, interim provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs. “Our new associate-level programs are carefully designed so that students will also have the option of continuing on to the corresponding four-year degree program in that department.”

The associate of science in business administration offers students seeking a two-year credential as an entry point into business-related careers. The program provides students with a foundation in the principles of accounting, management, marketing and finance, and instruction in data analysis, business applications of computer technology and business law. The program’s online option is intended to appeal to working adults who are interested in earning an associate’s degree to further their careers.

The associates in science in chemical technology develops knowledge and skills in chemistry, mathematics, laboratory technical training and theory with computer and mathematics skills.­­ Students gain experiences in measurement, laboratory procedures, instrumentation and data manipulation in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and physical science and provides a foundation in mathematics and computer skills to process and record results. This prepares students well for entry-level positions where associate’s degree in chemical technology is the minimum required credential.

The associate of applied science in health education, offered by the department of health sciences, provides students with a background in health education. Graduates will encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness by educating individuals and communities about behaviors that can prevent diseases, injuries and other health problems. This program is for students seeking health-related careers that are not strongly science based, but focus on how to educate clients to make healthy life choices. Health educators work in medical settings, colleges and universities, public health departments, nonprofit organizations and private businesses.

The associate of science in substance use and behavior disorder counseling prepares graduates to help prevent substance abuse, counsel substance abuse issues and perform necessary intervention techniques. The curriculum emphasizes professional and ethical standards, communication skills, basic counseling, interviewing techniques, record-keeping and resource advocacy practices. The program culminates in a 12-credit field experience where students integrate knowledge and skills with fieldwork in a practical setting.

The bachelor of science in respiratory care, offered by the Department of Health Science with Guthrie, replaces the existing associate of applied science in respiratory therapy. As a part of the transition process, both associate-level programs and the baccalaureate-level program accepts new students for fall 2019 enrollment. After fall 2019, the associate program will be replaced by the bachelor’s program. The transition is necessary due to changing standards and expectations of the American Association of Respiratory Care and the Commission for Accreditation of Respiratory Care.

The associate of applied science in environmental technology features hands-on, field-based approach to environmental remediation. Students master environmental procedures like sampling, assessment, design, determine result, recording and analysis. Experiential learning and environmental problem solving are emphasized in the lab and field. Students interested in focusing on workplace safety may chose the safety management concentration.

The associate of science in computer information systems focuses on the system and business of computing. Students gain a thorough introduction to the key principles and application of information systems. With proficiency in programming using a high-level language and understanding of data structures and the nature of the information systems field, students prepare for entry-level positions.

All programs listed above are now active. To apply, please visit mansfield.edu/apply.