Q & A with Dr. Terry DeVito
Program Coordinator Dr. Terry DeVito, EdD, MEd, RN, CHCQM, brings to Bay Path extensive academic experience as a professor, program director, and department chair, as well as decades of expertise in healthcare practice. Dr. DeVito began her career as a registered nurse in a hospital emergency room, a role she credits for developing leadership and team skills. She also held emergency department positions as quality assurance coordinator and nursing director. As an educator in allied health and emergency medical services, she was a vital contributor to the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards adopted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and has been recognized for various paramedic education methodologies. Outside her passion for healthcare education, Dr. DeVito loves hiking with her dogs and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
What do you love about Healthcare Management?
Healthcare is an exciting, dynamic field thanks to new research and fast-changing technologies. And it’s a field where good leaders can really make a difference for patient outcomes. Knowing that someday it will be ‘me or mine’ needing care kept me committed to making a difference as a clinician -- and still does as an educator.
What’s the value of a Master of Science in Healthcare Management?
- It is interdisciplinary. It prepares not just clinicians but also providers in IT, HR, finance, insurance, environmental service, operations, and all behind-the-scenes areas for today’s system-focused care model. Healthcare is not siloed anymore, and everyone working in it needs to think of how their decisions impact the entire system of quality, efficiency, solvency, and affordability.
- It leads to lucrative jobs. The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $98,350 in May 2017. The highest 10% earned more than $176,130.
- It opens doors to a growing field. Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20% 2016 to 2026.
Why choose Bay Path for graduate work in Healthcare Management?
- For our flexible, fast program. 8-week courses, all 100% online allow even part-time students to complete the degree in two years.
- For our application-based curriculum. Everything we learn and do is applicable to students’ work settings. And the concentrations prepare students to easily obtain additional credentials, such as Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, that will make them very marketable.
- For our partnerships with The American College of Healthcare Executives and The Higher Education Network. These connections keep our students current with healthcare topics and provide opportunities for internships and job placements.
- For the support and community created by our online learning platform. It is very interactive and allows students to work in a team and really get to get to know others in their cohort.