November 29, 2010 | | Leave a comment School officials from two Long Island universities have announced the launch of new online healthcare programs, which will begin next year, reports Long Island Business News. Briarcliffe College has begun accepting application for a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. College officials told the news source that growing job prospects in healthcare are the driving force behind this new program. “Our goal is to help students gain access to the meaningful career opportunities in healthcare and helping professionals receive the additional educational training they need to advance in the managerial ranks.” George Santiago Jr., Briarcliffe College President, told the news source. In addition, Stony Brook University is now offering a master’s degree in biological sciences that allows students to earn specialization certificates in medical humanities, compassionate care and bioethics. Furthermore, the school is debuting an online degree program for physician assistants which could help individuals in this profession advance their careers. According to a U.S. News and World Report, enrollment in online programs has increased by 832 percent over the past nine years. Furthermore, more than two million students took online classes during this timeframe.