Off Campus Programs

Keystone Mercy Health Plan


Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has partnered with the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies (Keystone Mercy Health Plan) to offer an on-site degree completion program to associates to complete their bachelor degree requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies (Concentration in Health Administration and Organizational Development).

Degree and Program of Study: This degree program provides the opportunity for Philadelphia KMHP associates with prior college experience to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph's University. The major is designed to suit a wide variety of academic and professional interests; practical and applicable to many fields. The curriculum is a synthesis of leadership development, health administration, and professional communications. Specific objectives include the application of social science and leadership theory to the solution of organizational problems in a health care environment, to analyze the motives, personalities, and behavior of others in organizations to think critically and to communicate effectively both in speech and writing.

The Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies is the only degree program currently being offered at Keystone Mercy Health Plan. If you wish to complete your degree in another SJU major, you may do so by enrolling in courses offered at our main campus located on City Avenue between the suburbs of western Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

Degree Requirements: Fulfill the undergraduate curriculum in Professional and Liberal Studies totaling 120 credits (40 courses) as described in the program plan. Students need to take at least 30 credits (ten courses) including four upper division courses required for the major from SJU.

Location and Scheduling: SJU will offer 16 course requirements  needed by KMHP associates to comp lete degree requirements. The courses are listed here. Course descriptions are in a separate document (see link below). Most of the courses will be taught on-site; however, some may be offered on-line or on the main campus due to logistical issues such as faculty requirements and the need for computers.

COM 2025 Organizational Writing
COM 2035 Techniques of Business Presentation
CSC 1355 Using Microsoft Office
ENG 1205 Research Based Writing
HAD 2605 Introduction to Health Administration
HAD 2705 Administration of Health Care
HAD 2745 Health Care Law and Ethics
HAD 2785 Financial Management of Health Care Organizations
PHL 1035 Moral Philosophy
PSY/ODL 1815 Career Management
PSY/ODL 2275 Group and Team Dynamics
PSY/ODL 2315 Leadership Psychology and Development
PSY/ODL 2705 Organizational Psychology
PSY/ODL 2725 Issues in Organizational Psychology
THE 1305 Introduction to Christian Social Ethics
THE 2445 Christian Medical Ethics

Admission Requirements: (1) Prior college coursework (45-60 transfer credits) from a regionally-accredited post-secondary institution (college or university); (2) Transfer course work with a grade of "C" or better and at least one English Composition course; (3) For full acceptance, must have 2.5 or better cumulative grade point average. (4) If cumulative GPA is below 2.5 or you have less than 45 credits of prior college coursework, provide a resume and personal statement of no more than 300-500 words expressing your educational and professional goals. Your admissions ap plication, personal statement, and any prior college coursework will be considered by the Admissions Review Committee for conditional acceptance.

Complete an SJU Admissions Application (paper form, or do it online). Your paper application can be faxed to 610-660-1264. Apply online at Be sure to indicate Keystone Mercy Health Plan as your employer.

Transcripts: If you would like to know how credit from another institution will transfer into the KMHP on-site degree completion program in Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies, here's how.

Request official transcripts, sealed in an envelope from all post-secondary institutions (colleges and universities). Transcripts may be mailed to:

Saint Joseph's University
College of Professional and Liberal Studies
Barbelin/Lonergan Hall, Room 117
Attention: Debbie Allen, Academic Advisor
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Unofficial copies of transcripts or computer-generated grade reports or degree audits may be submitted for a preliminary evaluation of transfer course work. These documents may be faxed to 610-660-1264, Attention: Debbie Allen.

Prior College Course Work: Up to 75 credits and 25 courses from an accredited college or university as long as the grade in each course to be transferred is at least "C" and fulfills a requirement of the program.

Degree Completion Timeline: Classes will be offered starting fall 2009 and eneding fall 2011.

When classes are held on site in the fall and spring semesters, they will meet in an 8 week format; 1 class meeting each week from 5:30-9:30 pm (includes one 15-minute break). Class will meet either Wednesday or Thursday depending on the instructor's availability.

When classes are held on site in the summer sessions, they will meet in a 6 week format; 2 nights each week from 5:30-8:45 pm (includes one 15-minute break). Class will meet on Monday and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays depending on the instructor's availability.

See link below for actual courses offered on-site.

Faculty: Courses will be taught by full time professors and adjunct instructors, many of whom are practitioners in health care and organizational leadership.

Tuition: Based on current rates, the tuition will be $342.00 per credit hour, representing a 25% reduction from the full rate of $456.00. Tuition for a three-credit course will be $1,026.00. The application fee of $20 is waived. You should contact Joanne Hawes-Speakes in Human Resources for specific information on  KMHP employee tuition reimbursement forms and deadlines. Telephone: 215-937-8319 or email:

Textbooks: May be ordered online through the SJU bookstore.

To obtain further information, please contact:
Debbie Allen, Academic Advisor


Course Descriptions
SJU/KMHP Course Schedule 2009-2011