DALLAS, May 20, 2014 – Parker University announced today the establishment of a new College of Business and Technology. The college, which includes undergraduate and graduate health care business administration and technology degree programs, is currently enrolling students each month for its online classes.

“We’re excited about the addition of the College of Business and Technology as well as the education and opportunities the new college will provide to our students,” said Dr. Brian McAulay, president of Parker University. “In addition, the College of Business and Technology will continue to expose more students to Parker University’s roots, including health, wellness, and chiropractic care, which Parker was founded on.”

The college will serve as an intersection between business and technology studies, with courses geared toward health care, economic, technical, and professional application and development. Currently, the College of Business and Technology encompasses the online Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management, the online Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Information Management, the online Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Information Systems with concentrations in Cybersecurity and Information Technology and the Associate of Applied Science with a major in Health Information Technology.

“Both of these degree programs are extremely important and in demand in many industries, including health care,” said Dr. McAulay. “With the implementation of electronic health records, the Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems degree is in high demand in order to secure electronic health records. The MBA with a concentration in Health Care Management is ideal for practitioners and middle managers within health care who lead or aspire to lead health care businesses.”

The MBA degree focuses on the issues facing health care businesses today, including coursework in classes such as health policy, marketing strategy, business analysis, health care finance, and strategic implementation and development.

Dr. Charlene Conner has been named the founding dean of the new college. Dr. Conner previously served as Dean of the College of Business and Graduate Business Programs at Dallas Baptist University. Prior to that role, she served as Associate Dean and led the successful reaffirmation and accreditation efforts for the college’s national accreditation.

“Doctors of chiropractic who earn master’s degrees have a competitive advantage in the workforce,” said Dr. Conner. “Not only are they more equipped to lead or own their own business, they are well positioned to serve in additional roles, including policy makers, spokespeople, and teachers.”

In addition to previously named programs, the College of Business and Technology will offer a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration beginning in Fall of 2014.

“The creation of the College of Business and Technology not only further positions Parker as an academic leader in Dallas, but also enhances the interdisciplinary learning that’s so essential for today’s job market,” Dr. Conner said.

About Parker University
Dallas-based Parker University, formerly known as Parker College of Chiropractic, is one of the world’s leading educators of health care professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. In addition, Parker University awards additional wellness-focused degrees including a Bachelor of Science with a major in Anatomy and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Health and Wellness, massage therapy certificates, and continuing education specializations and certifications. Parker University also includes Parker Research Institute, which provides sound, scientific evidence supporting health and wellness; two chiropractic wellness clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; Parker Seminars, the largest chiropractic seminar organization in the world, and Parker SHARE Products that provide innovative, high quality products, and current information on chiropractic wellness. For additional information about Parker University, visit the website at www.parker.edu.