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Current Student Testimonials

Justin A. Hopple

SSG1 Justin A. Hopple, B.A.A.S.2, Net+3, Sec+4

Network Manager
4th Brigade 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Army - Fort Hood, Texas

As the Network Manager for 4th Brigade, Justin supervises a team of network and infrastructure Soldiers who are responsible for the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of tactical data networks.

"I chose to further my education by pursuing a master's in healthcare engineering to better prepare for life outside of the military. Over the last several years the healthcare industry has become more reliant on IT services to better patient experiences and overall availability of care. By taking part in this program I will be able to hone my skills as an information technology  professional and gain an advanced understanding of the healthcare industry and how the two tie together. These two industries are not going away and I plan on making a career in healthcare IT once I part ways with the Army."



George G. Morales

George G. Morales, P.E.5, B.S.M.E., M.B.A.

Assistant Vice President, Physical Plant & Support Services
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Lubbock, Texas

As the Assistant Vice President, Physical Plant & Support Services, George oversees healthcare facility works, such as managing clinical renovations, directing maintenance and operations requirements, and planning and building research laboratories used for clinical research.

"The Healthcare Engineering program attracted me and offered an opportunity to enhance my knowledge and obtain a more formal understanding of healthcare and the application of engineering to healthcare. The Healthcare Engineering curriculum is flexible, e.g., distance learning. All of the courses have helped me fine-tune and improve programs that I am associated with at TTUHSC."



Kevin Ormand

Kevin Ormand M.S.H.A.6, F.A.C.H.E.7, P.M.P.8

Revenue Cycle Solution Line Director
maxIT-VCS, an SAIC company

As the Revenue Cycle Solution Line Director, Kevin leads a team responsible for revenue cycle systems strategy development, selection, assessment, optimization, redesign, and implementation, in a company that provides healthcare information technology services consulting to healthcare providers across the U.S. and in Canada.

"Why put additional stress to pursue a master's degree in healthcare engineering while working full time?

"The answer is simple but with depth. Healthcare could/will benefit from persons who can effectively integrate clinical, technical, financial, and information systems processes in a fully integrated manner. I believe that acquiring the knowledge and skill sets within this specialty will enable me to be a key contributor in the healthcare industry."


1 Staff Sergeant
2 Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science
3 CompTIA Network + Certification
4 CompTIA Security + Certification
5 Professional Engineer
6 Master of Science in Health Administration
7 Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
8 Project Management Professional