Columbia College and Boone Hospital Center recently announced a partnership that would assist the hospital’s 1,700 employees in pursuing their educational goals at a discounted tuition rate.

“Boone Hospital is one of the premier health care providers in Missouri and we are proud to have the opportunity to assist their employees in continuing their academic pursuits,” said James Arnold, Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management & Marketing and Director of Athletics. “We have several alumni who serve as nurses at BHC. The college has also partnered with the hospital on several initiatives and this new agreement makes that relationship even stronger.”

Boone Hospital Center is a 392-bed full-service hospital that provides progressive healthcare programs, services, and technology to people in 25 mid-Missouri counties. BHC is currently a Magnet Hospital for its nursing excellence. It has also been named the number one hospital in central Missouri and number five overall hospital in the state by U.S. News and World Report.

“We place a high priority on providing our employees with opportunities to advance and develop, both personally and professionally,” says Michelle Zvanut, Vice President of Human Resources at Boone Hospital Center. “We also place a high priority on partnering with strong local organizations for the betterment of our community.  This relationship is a win for all of us.”

Columbia College offers six class sessions lasting eight weeks each, allowing students to complete their degree quickly. Students can earn an associate degree in 20 months, a bachelor’s degree in 3.5 years, and a master’s degree in just 12 months.  The college is very transfer-friendly, which may allow a student to graduate even earlier if they have previously attended an accredited college or university.

Students who take classes online or at one of the college’s locations nationwide will also have access to the Truition® program, which offers a transparent look at the cost of college by eliminating all fees and providing books at no cost.

Questions about the partnership and opportunity can be directed to Jayne Defend, Benefits Manager with Boone Hospital at or (573) 815-6257 or Kelsey Anderson, the college’s assistant director of Business Partnerships or (573) 875-7177. For media inquiries, please contact Sam Fleury at or (573) 268-8612.