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McNeese State University
College of Nursing


Office Location:
550 East Sale Road
Lake Charles, LA
Hardtner Hall

Mailing Address:
Box 90415
Lake Charles, LA 70609-0415
Phone:(337) 475-5820

Health Professions:
Health Systems Management
800.622.3352 ext 5835
E-mail: Amy Bufford
Program Coordinator


For Program Information:
800.622.3352 ext 5048
337.475.5048
E-mail: Brooke Peterson
Nursing Student Services Coordinator


Undergraduate Program:
800.622.3352 ext 5821
337.475.5821
E-mail: Megan Scott


Graduate Program:
800.622.3352 ext 5753
337.475.5753
E-mail: Dena Bumgarden

McNeese Health Systems Management Program

McNeese Health Systems Management Program

Health Systems Management students
McNeese State University’s baccalaureate degree program in health systems management - developed to answer the increasing need for more professionals in the business of health care - has surpassed enrollment expectations in just its first year. McNeese students enrolled in the HSM program are from left: Alexis Cormier, Crowley, Katherine Hensgens, Welsh, Taylor Gagneaux, Lake Charles, Siyanda Mdleleni, Lake Charles, and Lola Grichendler, Lake Charles. McNeese Photo

(September 30, 2016) The growth of McNeese State University’s new degree program in health systems management has surpassed expectations after its first year of classes and this excites Dr. Amy Bufford, the program’s coordinator.

The HSM program - a collaboration with Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond - was first conceived with an anticipated enrollment of five students.

“Now, after one year, the combined number from both campuses is over 100 students,” according to Bufford. “The HSM program at McNeese experienced the largest percentage growth in undergraduate enrollment for fall 2016.”

Housed in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the HSM program addresses the growing demand for health care administrators and consultants and offers  students a Bachelor of Science degree in one of three academic concentrations—health care management, health care quality improvement and care coordination. The degree plan allows students to complete the degree requirements in three years.

“With an eye toward the continuously evolving field of health care, McNeese is preparing students for careers beyond those involved with direct care,” says Bufford. “Health systems management professionals are prepared to understand current and future health care trends and issues, to develop, communicate and manage resources and solutions to challenges for health care systems and to improve overall quality and outcomes of health care systems and services.”

Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce in such areas as hospitals, health care clinics, consulting companies, insurance providers, community facilities and not-for-profits as well as managed care organizations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of health care administrators will grow at twice the rate of average employment, and health care overall will surpass all other major employment sectors. “With this degree, McNeese students can soon join this critical labor force,” adds Bufford.

The program attracts students from a variety of backgrounds, but they all share a common interest in the areas where business and medicine intersect.

Siyanda Mdleleni, of Lake Charles, considered several majors before deciding on health care management. “It’s the right fit,” Mdleleni explains, “because what I eventually want to do is be an administrator at a large hospital.”

Katherine Hensgens, from Welsh, enrolled in McNeese with the intention of being a nurse. “I wanted to help people,” says Hensgens, “but I have multiple sclerosis, and the career opportunities that the HSM program prepares us for will allow me more flexibility.”

Alexis Cormier, from Crowley, hopes to become a manager of quality care. “There’s job security on the one hand,” says Cormier, “and on the other hand, you’re still involved in helping people get better.”

Taylor Gagneaux of Lake Charles wants to open his own rehab facility one day, while Lola Grichendler, from Lake Charles, wants to be a case manager for now.

The future of the HSM program looks good. “We do anticipate more growth,” said Bufford, indicating that she intends to form an advisory board by the summer of 2017, which will consist of practicing professionals from the community. “The advisory board will help our program stay abreast of current trends and issues in a variety of health care environments within our service area.”

For more information about the health systems management program, call 337-475-5835 or email msuhsm@mcneese.edu. Registration for the 2017 spring semester at McNeese begins Oct. 27.