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BILD Academic Partnerships

BILD offers several partnership programs with leading accredited colleges and universities. Many of these educational programs are offered in a cohort model where you attend class with other BJC team members, gaining a unique understanding of BJC’s business as you learn and grow together. BILD works with BJC’s HR Hub to get the most from your annual benefit to reduce your out-of-pocket costs, and we pay for your courses in advance to eliminate the need to pay for your tuition to start your classes.

Scroll down or use these links to jump to the Academic Partnership options available at BJC:

Combined Benefits for BJC Employees

There are many great benefits to participating in a BILD Academic Partnership program:

  • 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.
  • Attend class online or at a BJC facility.
  • Learn alongside other BJC employees.
  • There are several convenient options for BJC employees to earn their 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 your diverse needs. Each program prepares you to continue your career in a challenging and changing profession.

Getting Started

To participate in the BILD Academic Partnership program, you will need to complete the following:

  • Evaluate and research to make an informed decision about the program of your choosing
  • Apply to the school/program of your choosing
  • Ensure you’ve been accepted and are enrolled in the program of your choosing
    • Partner schools and BILD are in very close communication with one another regarding students starting a program, often times the school will notify BILD when you are ready to start
  • 60 Days to Day Class Starts: Complete the online Tuition Assistance Application for any term in which you wish to use your BJC Tuition Benefit.
  • Within 60 Days After Class Ends: Submit your class grades via the HR Hub for payment approval.
 

What You Need to Know

  • Have open communication with the BILD academic partnership team, the HR Hub Tuition Team, and your college's academic advisor. Check your BJC email regularly as communication from BILD and HR Hub will be sent there.
  • Be familiar with applicable BJC policies, including 4.11 Tuition Assistance and 7.13 Employee Indebtedness.
  • 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 HR Hub Tuition Program Specialists. They are available to answer questions around your eligibility, benefit amounts and how to successfully complete an application. BILD and the HR Hub work closely so your benefit is applied accurately and timely.
    • To learn more about accessing the BJC HR Hub, please review this quick-reference guide. All questions regarding the use of your BJC Tuition Benefit must be directed to the HR Hub.
  • 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, "Incomplete" for training programs)
  • Several partners offer a school orientation held a few weeks before the first class starts. Participation is highly recommended as you will receive vital information from BILD, the HR Hub and the school that will contribute to your success as a student
 
Academic Partnership
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Academic Partnership
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Workforce Development Training

Central Sterile Processing Technician (CSPT) Program

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St. Louis Community College

We are seeking qualified individuals who want to work as Central Sterile Processing Department Technicians. CSPD Techs are responsible for cleaning, decontaminating, sterilizing, and distributing medical and surgical instrumentation, making them the most vital contributors to the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care.

For more information about the program, including cost, class schedule and requirements view this fact sheet. For information on career growth opportunities at BJC within CSPD, view the BJC Central Sterile Career Map.

STLCC Accelerated
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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program

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Christian Hospital 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.

CHEMS Site

Medical Assistant Program

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St. Louis Community College

For employment opportunities available across the St. Louis Metro area, in both Missouri and Illinois.

Current BJC employees who are interested in transitioning to a Medical Assistant role at one of these hospitals first fulfill STLCC's admission requirements. STLCC student information is shared with BJC Human Resources for follow-up as a part of the application process. BJC then conducts a screening and interviewing process, and if selected you would officially transfer into a MA position. Your first few weeks of work are at STLCC in the classroom which is usually 5 days per week during the day. Once training is complete you are assigned to your regular hospital department and shift.

Your BJC Tuition Benefit covers the cost of tuition, however you may be responsible for other expenses such as books, uniforms, CPR certification, etc.

Interest Form

Patient Care Technician Programs

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Midwest Career Source

For employment opportunities at Memorial Hospital - Belleville and Memorial Hospital - Shiloh

Current BJC employees who are interested in transitioning to a PCT role at one of these hospitals should first complete the interest form linked below. This information will be shared with Talent Strategies and candidates will be contacted with next steps.

This program follows Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training guidelines and prepares individuals to sit for the CNA exam.

Your BJC Tuition Benefit covers the cost of tuition, however you may be responsible for other expenses such as books, uniforms, CPR certification, etc.

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St. Charles County College

For employment opportunities at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Progress West Hospital.

Current BJC employees who are interested in transitioning to a PCT role at one of these hospitals should first complete the interest form linked below. This information will be shared with Talent Strategies and candidates will be contacted with next steps.

Your BJC Tuition Benefit covers the cost of tuition, however you may be responsible for other expenses such as books, uniforms, CPR certification, etc.

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St. Louis Community College

For employment opportunities at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Current BJC employees who are interested in transitioning to a PCT role at one of these hospitals first fulfill STLCC's admission requirements. STLCC student information is shared with BJC Human Resources for follow-up as a part of the application process. BJC then conducts a screening and interviewing process, and if selected you would officially transfer into a PCT position. Your first few weeks of work are at STLCC in the classroom which is usually 5 days per week during the day. Once training is complete you are assigned to your regular hospital department and shift.

Your BJC Tuition Benefit covers the cost of tuition, however you may be responsible for other expenses such as books, uniforms, CPR certification, etc.

Interest Form
Getting Started
 

Associate’s Program

AAS in Health Information Technology

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St. Louis Community College

Work with a dedicated STLCC advisor to create a personalized plan between classes offered online or at a St. Louis Community College campus (this program is not offered at a BJC site). In addition to the Associate's in Health Information Technology, a certification in Medical Billing and Coding is also available under this program.

Costs for this program vary based on the tuition rate and the number of credit hours per class, with an average class cost of $550. Should costs exceed your annual benefit amount, tuition continues to be paid to the school and you are are invoiced for any additional amounts, with payment plans available through BILD.

Interest Form

AA in Healthcare Management

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Southern New Hampshire University

This program is designed to prepare healthcare professionals with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to actively support healthcare organizations. Students learn key concepts in healthcare and business that are relevant to all healthcare professionals, including organizational culture, ethics, and healthcare delivery. Students gain skills in effective collaboration, communication, and technology to enhance their ability to contribute to high-functioning teams in a variety of healthcare fields.

SNHU's online learning solutions are just like traditional college classes but with convenient, 24/7 access to the classroom and a 20% discount for BJC employees. These instructor-led online programs include 200-plus transfer-friendly degrees in RN to BSN, MSN, health care, and business programs. SNHU's CCNNE-accredited nursing programs are designed by nurses for nurses.

SNHU Website Program Information
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Bachelor’s Programs

RN to BSN

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Central Methodist University

This program offers full or part time options in a hybrid or online format. Students may enroll up to 5 times per year.

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St. Louis University

As a registered nurse, you can complete your RN to B.S.N. entirely online through Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies. Choose from a full-time or part-time option and earn up to 38 credits by passing the NCLEX exam or through your prior experience. With six accelerated, eight-week terms each year provided by SLU online, you can begin working toward your degree at any time.

The School for Professional Studies, Saint Louis University's online learning counterpart, offers many degree programs that combine the prestige of SLU's nationally ranked university with the flexibility and affordability to take your education anywhere.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

This program is designed for working RNs who have completed an associate degree or diploma nursing program. The flexible online program builds on your existing degree or diploma to earn a BSN in as little as one year. Students may enroll at any time with terms beginning every 8 weeks. Students who apply to this program have the opportunity to waive transcript evaluation and application fees.

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Southern New Hampshire University

SNHU's online learning solutions are just like traditional college classes but with convenient, 24/7 access to the classroom and a 20% discount for BJC employees. These instructor-led online programs include 200-plus transfer-friendly degrees in RN to BSN, MSN, health care, and business programs. SNHU's CCNNE-accredited nursing programs are designed by nurses for nurses.

SNHU Website Program Information
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Webster University

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.

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Business Administration

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Fontbonne University

By majoring in business administration you’ll combine a strong liberal arts education with business law, economics, and accounting, using case studies and real world, up-to-date analysis of business practices. Fontbonne is proud to maintain this program’s accreditation by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

This cohort program is offered at the BJC Learning Institute. The degree can be completed in as little as four years depending on previously earned transfer credits and your chosen class schedule. If you have previous credit hours from a different degree, a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, Business Administration Concentration is also available.

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Health Care Management

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Fontbonne University

With an emphasis on ethics and social responsibility, this program teaches the skills necessary to be effective leaders in a variety of healthcare organizations including hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, home health organizations and more.

This cohort program is offered at the BJC Learning Institute. The degree can be completed in as little as four years depending on previously earned transfer credits and your chosen class schedule.

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Leadership and Organizational Development

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St. Louis University

This curriculum will teach you the skills needed to work effectively as a self-aware, reflective change leader. You will learn to improve organizational dynamics through sound leadership and organizational development practices. You can also earn a graduate certificate that complements a master’s degree, often without taking additional credits. This allows you to tailor the program to your specific interests.

The School for Professional Studies, Saint Louis University's online learning counterpart, offers many degree programs that combine the prestige of SLU's nationally ranked university with the flexibility and affordability to take your education anywhere.

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Medical Technology

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

This program is 100% online and is designed for students with an Associate's degree or at least 30 credit hours of transferable college credit who wish to become medical technologists certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Students can start any term and design their progression at a pace that works with their schedule. Students who apply to this program have the opportunity to waive transcript evaluation and application fees.

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Master’s Programs

Business Administration

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Southern New Hampshire University

The skills you'll learn in the MBA in Healthcare Management program help prepare you to transition into or excel in leadership roles in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, healthcare corporations, insurance and pharmaceuticals. And you'll get the hands-on experience you need through your participation in scenario-based learning, giving you the problem-solving experience you need to succeed.

SNHU's online learning solutions are just like traditional college classes but with convenient, 24/7 access to the classroom and a 20% discount for BJC employees. These instructor-led online programs include 200-plus transfer-friendly degrees in RN to BSN, MSN, health care, and business programs. SNHU's CCNNE-accredited nursing programs are designed by nurses for nurses.

SNHU Website Program Information
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Webster University

Earning an 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 May 2023.

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Health Care Administration

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Health Care and Nursing Administration

This program prepares nurses for entry into management positions in health care organizations, and refines the skills of experienced nurse managers to mentor them for executive-level positions.

This program is provided online and can be started at any time.

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Webster University

Health Administration

This program is designed to 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. Classes are offered one night per week at the BJC Learning Institute.

The next program start date is October 2023.

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Health Care Informatics

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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

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Health Care Operational Excellence

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Washington University

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

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Nursing

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Nurse Educator

This program is individualized according to the student’s professional experience, interest and academic needs. Faculty teaching in the specialization offer diverse experiences, provide exciting teaching strategies and act as role models for the students in the specialization. After finishing the program and two years of teaching experience, graduates are eligible to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator exam.

The nurse educator specialization in SIUE's School of Nursing is provided in an online format with three face-to-face practicum experiences provided in a variety of settings.

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Webster University

Nursing with Educator or Leader Track

This 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 classes are offered one night per week at the BJC Learning Institute.
The next cohort will start in August 2023.

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Social Work

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University of Missouri St. Louis

This program prepares its graduates for professional social work practice. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and values for direct social work practice with individuals, families, and older adults or the knowledge, skills, and values to effectively manage and lead human service agencies. Social justice principles guide graduates in their practice at all levels of intervention, particularly with persons who are oppressed because of their color, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or physical or mental ability.

If you already have a BSW, a Live/Virtual MSW cohort for qualified BJC employees is also available. This program includes:

  • Degree completion in three years
  • Students have the option of attending in person or virtually
  • A set curriculum in Family Practice concentration with a focus in Health and Behavioral Health
  • Field practicum at BJC Behavioral Health

For additional details, view this informational flyer.

With more than 15,000 students, the University of Missouri–St. Louis is the St. Louis region's premier public research university. UMSL provides excellent, affordable learning experiences and leadership opportunities to a diverse student body whose influence on the region upon graduation is immense.

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

This program is designed for nurses holding a master’s degree as an advanced practice nurse, or holding a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a master's degree appropriate to their advance nursing practice role. The need for innovative strategies to improve the nation’s health has created a high demand for doctorally prepared nurses who possess the sophisticated blend of interpersonal, practice, organizational, business and leadership skills as offered in the SIUE DNP program.

The program is offered primarily online, but includes two immersion experiences scheduled for three days in August of each year.

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Employee Education Discounts at BJC

In addition to BJC’s Tuition Assistance Benefit and BJC Scholarships, the following programs provide BJC HealthCare employees additional benefits – some of which extend to family members. These tuition discounts are applicable if you would like to customize your individual education or through the Academic Partnership program. For a full list of education and testing discounts available to BJC employees and their families visit YouDecide, BJC’s employee discount program.

YouDecide
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Capella University

Capella offers a 10% discount off all programs for BJC employees and their family members as well as a $4,000 grant and 50% off a first session of Flex Path.

Capella University Website
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Central Methodist University

BJC employees enjoy a $30 per credit hour discount on tuition through the College of Graduate and Extended Studies.

CMU Website
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Chamberlain University

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

Chamberlain University Website
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Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University offers an $80.00 per credit hour discount off tuition for online, evening and graduate programs. For more information, contact Donnie Wieland, Director of Corporate Recruiting at (636) 209-0555.

Lindenwood University Website
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Maryville University

Maryville University offers a 10% tuition discount to all BJC employees on varied program options including: MBA, Cyber Security, Nursing (Part-time Weekend Evening Nursing, BSN Completion, MSN Nurse Practitioner, DNP), and other flexible degree pathways in the School of Adult and Online Education. For more information, email [email protected].

Maryville University Website
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Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University offers BJC employees a 10% discount on tuition for their RN-to-BSN, MSN, and Pre-Nursing Associates programs. The Pre-Nursing Associates is a flexible program that works around your schedule. With the majority of classess online, this degree provides students with the pre-requesit classes necessary for most nursing programs in the area. For more information, view this program flyer.

Missouri Baptist School of Nursing Associate of Science in Pre-Nursing
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Southern New Hampshire University

SNHU is an accredited leader in online learning solutions for working adults. These instructor-led online programs include 200-plus transfer-friendly degrees in MSN, health care and business programs. SNHU also offers CCNNE-accredited nursing programs designed by nurses for nurses. These are just like traditional college classes but with convenient, 24/7 access to the classroom and a 20% discount for BJC employees and their families.

Note: Not all of SNHU's programs are covered by BJC’s tuition benefit. Please check with the HR Hub if you have any questions.

SNHU Website
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University of Missouri - St. Louis

UMSL offers the RN to BSN completion program in an online format. UMSL offers a tuition discount to BJC employees. While direct billing is not available, they do allow BJC employees to defer their tuition payments.

UMSL College of Nursing Website
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Western Governors University Missouri

WGU offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, IT, education, and health care (including nursing). With no set log-in times, and the ability to advance as quickly as mastery of material and skills is proven, WGU is designed so that busy professionals can advance their education while still managing their current positions. In fact, 95% of WGU students rated their educational experience good or excellent, compared to the national average of 82%. WGU offers 5% tuition reduction for up to four terms (two years).

Questions? Contact John Hardin, Community Relations Manager, at (636) 591-5007.

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