Master's degree in Paralegal Studies with a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance

New healthcare laws, the Affordable Care Act, an aging population, new attitudes toward preventive healthcare, and unprecedented complexity of corporate compliance and regulatory schemes require a level of expertise and mastery heretofore unseen.

The innovative Paralegal Studies/Healthcare Corporate Compliance program allows paralegal students to enroll in the master of paralegal studies program and the healthcare corporate compliance program concurrently and receive both credentials: a master’s degree in paralegal studies and a graduate certificate in healthcare corporate compliance.

Successful graduates will have acquired the skills, knowledge, and abilities required to enter the field of healthcare law.

The market for program graduates[1]

Both elements of this combined program serve strong current and future employment fields.

The paralegal field is growing more competitive in the United States. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) places it in the highest category of growth through 2016. All local indications support this. GW paralegal graduates enjoy high rates of employment and report high levels of professional satisfaction.

The healthcare professions are similarly strong. The BLS predicts that employment in healthcare will continue to grow due to many factors, including an aging population, attrition in the field, and complex new healthcare legislation. As one of the largest industries in 2008, healthcare provided 14.3 million jobs for wage and salary workers.  Ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare related, and the BLS predicts that healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population.

[1] All data in this section: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2010-11 Edition, Healthcare, (March 21, 2011).