Bellarmine University has partnered with the American College of Health Care Administrators, the nation’s only professional membership association representing long-term care and post-acute administrators. ACHCA members will receive discounts of 15 to 20 percent for Bellarmine’s online healthcare graduate programs.

The partnership is a unique offering, as Bellarmine is the only school in the region to offer the ACHCA discount.

The tuition discount may be applied to the following online graduate programs at Bellarmine:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with tracks in advanced nursing practice, executive leadership (post-MSN) and leadership (BSN-DNP)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with tracks in family nurse practitioner, education or administration
  • Master of Health Science (MHS) with tracks in health promotion and social change or healthcare leadership
  • PhD in Health Professions Education
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Professions Education

“ACHCA members can advance their careers without stepping back from their busy schedules,” said Dr. Sara Y. Pettingill, Bellarmine’s dean of Graduate Admission. “Our high-quality online education allows us to expand our reach without forfeiting the tight-knit communities of learning our students remember long after they leave. Online learning isn’t about distance; it’s about building new kinds of bridges—pulling together faculty and students to create dynamic experiences made possible through technology. Even from afar, we’re big on face-to-face learning.”

Pettingill said the partnership supports Bellarmine’s strategic plan which calls for the university to expand its geographic reach, enhance student career networks and keep higher education affordable.

Jana Pauldin, ACHCA vice president for membership and chapter relations, said Bellarmine was the right fit for the partnership because of its tradition of excellence in healthcare education and flexible online programs.

“This partnership gives our members professional development opportunities, while addressing some of the challenges working professionals face in achieving their educational goals,” Pauldin said.