Cleary partners with St. John Providence

Posted: December 11, 2013

HOWELL – Cleary University Is partnering with St. John Providence Health System to provide a bachelor’s degree in business to health care professionals who are planning a course of study in radiologic technology.

“The health care industry is elevating the standards for many clinical professions, bachelor's degrees will soon become the minimum entry requirement for employment,” said Marge Wisniewski, faculty chair for Cleary University’s Health Care Management Program. “Health care professionals are finding that a business degree is the perfect complement to their clinical skill sets, and a key factor in charting a successful career path.”

“The St. John Providence Health System is excited with this new partnership with Cleary University,” said Mary Kleven, program director for the Providence Hospital School of Radiologic Technology. “Our collective reputation in delivering excellent education and training in the field of radiologic technology will be matched by the education given through Cleary University.”

“The American Society of Radiological Technologists (ASRT) projects a need for leadership in the near future in imaging,” said Denise R. Allen, program director for the St. John Hospital and Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology. “Their recommendation is for radiography students to pursue business and leadership studies to advance in our profession. Another anticipated change for the future of health care reform is that the keys to the new health care success will be efficiency, value, and customer service, all of which may be obtained through this partnership with Cleary.”

Under the new articulation agreement, students will be able to complete prerequisite work in quality management, marketing health care services, health care informatics, global health care and legal issues in health care. Other business core courses would include: accounting for managers, managerial finance, a management skills seminar and analysis for business. The final phase would be a BBA project sequence.

Upon completion, the student could transfer to one of the two radiologic technology programs to finish the bachelor’s degree in health care management.

“The business tool kit that Cleary University graduates will acquire prepares them for management roles in patient care settings. The changing health care delivery model requires leaders who can make sound financial decisions, employ strategic thinking, and evaluate technical data in real time. You cannot deliver good patient care without it!” Wisniewski said.

“Our goal when delivering their education at the hospital is to create professionals with a true understanding of the effects of radiation, the equipment used to deliver radiation, and the true understanding into the patients’ experience,” said Kleven. “Our profession is very patient-centric; as it should be. However, I do believe with a better understanding of the business aspect of health care can be minimize conflict and cooperation can be forged.

With Cleary University’s reputation in the corporate community as a leader for education in business, we hope this partnership will prepare our students with the knowledge and training when choosing to move up the professional ladder while remembering it is always about the patient.“

Cleary University ( is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-campus, specialized business university, committed to the betterment of society through the success of its alumni and their employers; to operate as a role model of responsible business practice; to embrace quality management principles, innovation, and an attentive customer focus; and to aspire to a better future.

Cleary’s mission is to provide a practical, application-based education, which equips students to advance their careers.