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BJC is committed to improving the health and well-being of our community. In order to improve our care and service to our patients, we know we need to pay attention to the development of our staff members. The BJC Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) provides many avenues for employees to expand their knowledge, including options to grow academically.

BJC Cohort Information

The BILD offers several partnership programs with leading colleges and universities. Many of these programs meet on at BJC facilities, some are online. All are through accredited academic institutions. BJC works with colleges and universities to pay for your courses in advance, eliminating the need to immediately pay for your tuition. The BILD team works with BJC finance and HR to coordinate your use of BJC’s tuition reimbursement benefits and works with the universities to time the terms to get the most of your annual benefit and reduce your out of pocket costs.

Most programs are offered in a cohort model where you attend class with other BJC employees. As you learn and grow together, you will gain a unique understanding of BJC’s business through a variety of viewpoints. Cohorts are available at various times throughout the year, depending on the university and degree program. Please see the program information below for additional information.

To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

Cohort Benefits

There are many great benefits to participating in an academic partnership program. These benefits include:

- Minimal out-of-pocket costs

- Tuition discounts make your tuition reimbursement money go farther

- Tuition is paid directly to the college/university, eliminating the need for you to come up with funds immediately.

- Attending class at a BJC facility

- Classes meet one night a week in the evenings and stay constant throughout the program

- Learn alongside other BJC employees

Cohort Responsibilities

Along with benefits come several responsibilities to being in a cohort.
By participating in a cohort, you agree to take responsibility to:

- Keep an updated e-mail address in PeopleSoft, and check it regularly

- Complete the online Tuition Assistance Application 1 to 60 days prior to the start of the term

- Submit grades to the Employee Service Center Tuition Team no later than 30 days post term

- Take ownership of out-of-pocket costs incurred for:
   - drop fees
   - tuition fees in excess of the tuition benefit
   - failure to complete/submit necessary paperwork
   - failed grades (Below “C” in undergraduate and “B” in graduate courses)

- Have open communication with the BILD academic partnership team, the ESC tuition team, and your college's academic advisor

Cohort Resources

Cohort Orientation Information

Orientation is held a few weeks before the start of all cohorts. At this meeting you will receive information from BILD, the Employee Service Center and the school. Attendance at orientation is strongly encouraged. If you are unable to attend orientation please review our online orientation to ensure you receive the information you need.

Cohort Tuition Payment Information

Cohort tuition is paid each term directly to the school by BJC. You will use your tuition benefit to reimburse BJC upon the successful completion of each term. The tuition benefit and its policies are managed by the Employee Service Center. They are available to answer questions around your eligibility, benefit amounts and how to successfully complete an application. BILD and the Employee Service Center work closely so your benefit is applied accurately and timely.

Cohort Contacts

For questions around program specific details please use the form below to receive additional details and contacts. For other questions regarding cohorts please contact Beth Camp. For questions regarding tuition benefits please contact the Employee Service Center at 314-362-2184.

Undergraduate Cohort Programs

Whether you're returning to college or exploring the college experience for the first time, the undergraduate programs offered through the BJC Institute for Learning and Development will help you get started in the right direction. Be sure to check out what we offer, and if you're not sure which program may be right for you, visit our Career Services Center.

For more information, please contact:
Beth Camp
Academic Partnerships
314-362-0875
Email: BJC Academic Partnerships

Associates of Arts (AA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA)
College for America, in partnership with the BJC Institute for Learning and Development is offering degree options for Associate’s degrees in General Studies and Healthcare Management as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Management, Communications or Healthcare Management. These degree plans offer an online, flexible schedule. College for America in a fully accredited, nonprofit degree program and is part of Southern New Hampshire University.

To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

Associate of Arts (AA) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
Fontbonne University and St. Louis Community College offers an opportunity for BJC employees to earn both an Associate of Arts (AA) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) at the BJC Learning Institute. In this collaboration, completion of the AA from St. Louis Community College will guarantee entry into Fontbonne’s BSBA for Bachelor’s degree completion. The programs are delivered in a cohort format with experienced faculty. Both of these degrees can be completed in as little as four years, depending on previously earned transfer credits.

The next cohort will begin in January 2017.

To learn more about their current and upcoming educational offerings, Fontbonne will hold an Open House for interested students on Tuesday, December 5 at the BLI in Computer Lab 2M from 11:30am to 6:30pm.

To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

School for Professional Studies Bachelor Programs
This new cohort design takes students through a core series of classes while allowing individualized selection of majors and minors. Click here to view a list of available programs.

Enrollment can occur at any term.

To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

RN to BSN Cohort Programs

BILD’s Academic Partnerships provide a number of convenient options for BJC registered nurses to earn their BSN degree, while still balancing their commitments to work and family. A variety of programs with a variety of delivery formats and timelines are offered to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Each program prepares nurses for to continue their careers in a challenging and changing profession.

To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

For more information, please contact:
Beth Camp
Academic Partnerships
314-362-0875
Email: BJC Academic Partnerships

Goldfarb School of Nursing
Known for excellence in nursing education, Goldfarb College of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College offers undergraduate and graduate programs, educating current and future nurses who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.

RN to BSN
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College offers an online accelerated RN to BSN program. The program is fully online and can be completed in 12 months. Students looking to go at a slower pace can complete the program in 20 months. For more information, visit http://www.barnesjewishcollege.edu/.

RN to BSN
Central Methodist University's RN to BSN degree program offers a classroom-based format.

Employees can visit Central Methodist University's website for program information.

The next program start dates for 2018:
August: Wednesday evenings at Barnes Jewish Saint Peters
August: Wednesday evenings at the BLI


To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

RN to BSN
UMSL offers the RN to BSN completion program in a hybrid classroom and online format. The cohort meets at Christian Hospital and new cohorts are forming for 2018.

To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

RN to BSN
Saint Louis University’s School of Nursing offers an online RN to BSN program. Enrollment is flexible due to the online format

To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

RN to BSN
SIUE’s School of Nursing offers an online RN to BSN program. Students may enroll at any time with terms beginning every 8 weeks.

Enrollment is ongoing allowing students to begin any term.

To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

RN to BSN
Webster University's School of Nursing offers a classroom-based degree completion program. Nurses can start the RN to BSN program in August or January.

Employees can visit Webster's website webster.edu for the program information.

To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

Graduate Cohort Programs

The graduate programs offered through the BJC Institute for Learning and Development will assist you in furthering your education and help you stay on the right track. Be sure to check out what we offer.

For more information, please contact:
Beth Camp
Academic Partnerships
314-362-0875
Email: BJC Academic Partnerships

Master of Health Informatics
This program, which teaches skills and perspective in planning, designing, implementing and using information technologies, is designed for clinical employees with bachelor's degrees who have technology-based responsibilities or who have interest in moving their careers in that direction.

The next program start date is January 2018.

Employees can visit SIUE's website siue.edu for the program information.

Master of Health Care Operational Excellence
Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science offers a degree in Health Care Operational Excellence. This program is completed in 3 years, 3 classes each year.

More information, including upcoming information session dates and times, as well as contact information for the engineering school can be found at opex.wustl.edu

Master of Business Administration
Earning a master of business administration (MBA) is a tremendous accomplishment and a valuable addition to any career. The business acumen gained through advanced classes including finance, accounting, management, marketing and economics can help guide professional planning, problem solving and decision-making.

Over 200 BJC employees who have graduated or are enrolled in this program find unmatched value in the business relationships they've established with other employees. Because the MBA cohort is open only to BJC employees, form lasting bonds in this two and a half year program.

Classes are offered one night a week at the BJC Learning Institute.


The next program start date is June 2018.

If you would be interested in pursuing this degree through an online cohort please email Beth Camp at 314-362-0875 or BJC Academic Partnerships with your interest.
To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.



Master of Health Administration
The Webster University MHA program is designed to help develop management and leadership skills while advancing an understanding of the health care delivery system. Students will study topics in such areas as health administration law, health care financial management, human resources management and statistics. The cohort format will enable BJC employees from across the organization to learn and share in a classroom setting.

The courses are offered one night per week at the BJC Learning Institute.

The next cohort is forming for 2018.

Click here to see the course listing and course descriptions.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) (Educator or Leader)
The Webster University MSN program prepares nurses for a variety of leadership roles in health care delivery systems. Courses including advanced research, integrated studies, leadership, financial issues and legal issues.

The courses are offered one night per week at the BJC Learning Institute. The next cohort will start in January 2018.

Click here for more information on the MSN degree.

Click here to see the course listing and course descriptions.


Masters in Management and Leadership
The Webster University Management and Leadership program, offered in the cohort format, is designed to develop the broad management and leadership abilities needed to work in a multifaceted system. Topics of study include organizational behavior, management and strategy and basic finance.

Courses are offered one night a week per week at the BJC Learning Institute. The next cohort will start in January 2018.

Click here to see the course listing.


Master of Science in Nursing
Known for excellence in nursing education, Goldfarb College of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College offers undergraduate and graduate programs, educating current and future nurses who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. .

Click here for more information on the MSN degree offered through Goldfarb.

For more information, contact Misty Hursey, Admissions Advisor at 314-454-7072, or MHursey@bjc.org.

Certificate Programs

EMS Academy
Education plays a crucial role in the development of first responders, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. After recognizing a demand for emergency medical services (EMS) courses, Christian Hospital developed its EMS Academy for those interested in starting or furthering their education in the field.

To get started, please see the How To Apply for a Cohort section.

How to Apply for a Cohort

Cohort Eligibility

All BJC employees are eligible to apply to participate in cohort programs. Tuition assistance is available if you have an eligible status for at least 12 months. For more information, please visit the BJC Total Rewards Career page and review HR Policy 4.11 - Tuition Assistance in myBJCnet under myHR/ourPolicies.

Getting Started

If you're interested in beginning a cohort or would like additional information, please use the Cohort Interest Form.

You may also contact:

Beth Camp
Academic Partnerships
314-362-0875
Email: BJC Academic Partnerships

BJC College Tuition Discounts

Universities Offering BJC Employees Tuition Discounts

The following universities offer discounts to BJC employees. These tuition discounts are applicable in both cohort and non-cohort degree programs.

To view all educational discount options available, please visit the YouDecide website. After logging in, click on the Education and Testing button.

Chamberlain University
Chamberlain University offers discounts to BJC employees for nursing and public health education programs. The majority of these are delivered 100% online. Visit their BJC benefit website for additional information.

Fontbonne University
20% tuition reduction for employees, spouses and dependent children.
For more information or to enroll visit: https://www.fontbonne.edu/about/corporations/bjc-healthcare-and-fontbonne-an-educational-partnership/

Lindenwood University
$80.00 per credit hour tuition discount in evening, graduate and online courses, $2,000 annual full time undergraduate residential grant in the day college for dependents, $60.00 per credit hour tuition discount for spouses of employees in evening, graduate and online courses.

You can speak to your Admissions representative for more information.

McKendree University

McKendree University offers a 10% tuition discount for BJC employees. Employees can visit McKendree University's website mckendree.edu for program information.

Webster University
20% tuition reduction to employees (few limitations apply).
For more information or to enroll visit: http://www.webster.edu/corporate-partnerships/corporate-partners/bjc.html

Western Governors University Missouri
5% tuition reduction for up to four terms (two years).
Questions? Contact John Hardin, Community Relations Manager, 636-591-5007 or john.hardin@wgu.edu
For more information or to enroll visit: http://missouri.wgu.edu/BJC

Scholarships

BJC Nursing Scholarships

The Ruth Castellano and Edward J. Stiften Scholarships represent one of the many ways BJC HealthCare rewards excellence among its employees, while supporting the organization’s commitment to deliver high quality patient care.

The Ruth Castellano Nursing Scholarship was established to honor Castellano’s 29 years as a nursing professional with BJC. Ruth, who passed away in 2012 from a rare condition, requested that this scholarship assist what she called “first time” RNs – employees pursuing associates degrees or BSN degrees. The scholarship provides up to $5,000 for tuition, fees and books.

Edward J. Stiften is a former BJC HealthCare vice president and chief financial officer. BJC created a nursing scholarship in his honor in 2005. Employees pursuing an MSN, Masters in Nursing Informatics, PNP, ANP, PhD, or DNP, may apply for the Edward J. Stiften Nursing Scholarship. The scholarships award $5,000 towards tuition, books and lab fees for employees pursuing nursing degrees at any level.

Scholarships may not be used to repay student loans.

How to Apply

BILD Nursing Scholarship Facts

Applications

Nursing Scholarship applications are currently unavailable. Please check back later for additional updates.