Mercy teams up with online university to offer employees ‘tuition-free’ college programs

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (News-Leader) – Mercy’s 45,000 employees and 2,400 doctors will soon have expanded “tuition-free” access to 175 online degree programs from Purdue University Global.

“The impact will be significant as Mercy, a major healthcare system, operates more than 40 hospitals across the Midwest,” a representative for Mercy and Purdue University Global told the News-Leader in a Wednesday email.

Purdue University Global is a public nonprofit online university that offers “extreme personalization” to working adults with a goal of educating students without leaving gaps in their earnings or student debt.

Mercy previously offered an educational benefit through Purdue Global, according to a news release, but it included only health care-related degrees and certificate programs. The new agreement offers a wide range of degrees in health sciences along with associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, information technology, education, criminal justice, legal studies, and social and behavioral sciences.

The Mercy-Purdue agreement provides accelerated tracks for employees to earn a degree based on prior college credits, work experience, desired pace, military service and other considerations. The new agreement also includes a tuition reduction intended to “significantly reduce” employee out-of-pocket expenses toward education, according to the news release.

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