American Sentinel University Named National Education Provider for Montana Hospital Association

– Partnership Provides MHA Members with Accessible, High-quality Academic Programs Across Healthcare-related Disciplines –

AURORA, Colo. – August 25, 2015 – American Sentinel University, an accredited healthcare-focused online university, has been named an approved national education provider for MHA…An Association of Montana Health Care Providers (MHA).

The national education partnership supports the mission of both organizations to expand the collaborative commitment in delivering accessible and high-quality healthcare throughout the rural areas of Montana.

As a trusted, online education provider of healthcare degree programs, American Sentinel will provide MHA’s 80+ members throughout Montana with relevant and timely curricula across multiple healthcare-related disciplines. The partnership also gives all MHA members a discounted tuition rate, making advanced education even more attainable. The flexible online learning platform enables professionals to gain knowledge while making valuable contributions to the healthcare transformation.

“Rural hospitals, many of which are members of MHA, face the same public health issues as larger urban facilities, but are challenged to meet the growing need to provide opportunities to their employees to advance their education,” says Judy Burckhardt, Ph.D., MAEd, MSN, RN, professor and dean of nursing programs at American Sentinel University. “American Sentinel University is proud to partner with MHA and offer its members relevant, quality healthcare programs to meet the needs of their patients.”

“It is really important for our diverse members to have a variety of options for their staff to pursue additional education in their disciplines,” says Casey Blumenthal, vice president of MHA. “American Sentinel University offers easily accessible nursing and other programs, at different levels, that can be done anywhere, anytime to enhance knowledge and confidence.”

American Sentinel’s online programs cater to busy healthcare professionals at various stages of their careers. With an advanced degree, students gain the tools, business fundamentals and leadership abilities that benefit MHA, their members’ careers, and the healthcare industry.

MHA members gain an advantage from American Sentinel’s online classrooms and coursework as well as its virtual simulations that create a realistic environment for more efficient and effective instruction. The use of this technology and the online format allow nurses to complete assignments around their busy work schedules, wherever they are located. These skills can be immediately applied in their job.

Students benefit from American Sentinel’s MySentinelÔ Student Support services, which provide a distinctively personal one-on-one approach to online learning. These services include new student orientation, dedicated student success advisors, tutoring, student resource center, writing center discussion forum to interact with peers and instant messaging services to connect with their advisor outside of work hours. Students also have access to comprehensive online library services, with help from virtual librarians who are available 24-hours a day.

MHA members can choose from American Sentinel’s accredited online: RN to BSN nursing degree program, an RN to BSN/MSN fast-track program that enables RNs to earn their BSN and MSN degrees, an MSN program with five specializations (case management, infection prevention and control, nursing education, nursing informatics, and nursing management and organizational leadership), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with two specializations (executive and educational leadership), a Master of Business Administration Healthcare, or an infection prevention and control certificate program.

Learn more about American Sentinel University’s online degree programs at or call 866.922.5690.

About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers accredited online degree programs in nursing (BSN, MSN, and DNP) and healthcare management (MBA Healthcare, M.S. Information Systems Management, and M.S. Business Intelligence and Analytics). Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), of One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) of 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326. The university is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 234-5100,

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About MHA…An Association of Montana Health Care Providers
MHA…An Association of Montana Health Care Providers is a member-driven association of not-for-profit hospitals (including critical access hospitals), skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, and assisted living facilities in Montana. MHA offers a variety of services, including advocacy of members' interests with state and federal governmental agencies and legislative bodies, regulatory assistance, data products, education programs and communications.

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