“What I have learned is the concepts and theories discussed can be applied to any adult population, not just educational students.” –Daryn Young, Adult Learning and Leadership doctoral student, Kansas State University 

Healthcare professionals are tasked with communicating detailed data, technical terms, and intricate procedures every day. Sometimes the recipients of this communication are other healthcare professionals who are able to easily decipher the acronyms or technical verbiage, while other times the recipients are patients from vast backgrounds and levels of education and comprehension skills. This can be quite the challenge when physicians or therapists must communicate treatment options, pathologies, lab results, and expectations with patients and their caregivers. Daryn Young, a doctoral student in Kansas State University’s Adult Learning and Leadership has observed “the improved education and communication [with patients] seems to build more trust between patient and therapist, leading to more motivated and compliant patients. This leads to better physical outcomes and higher success rates of the patients’ long-term goals”. 

The Adult Learning and Leadership master’s and doctoral degrees are designed for more than educators. As Daryn and other healthcare professionals are discovering, “the concepts and theories discussed can be applied to any adult population, not just educational student”. The Adult Learning and Leadership degrees are available to students through online learning as well as at the Olathe campus of Kansas State University, located in the metro Kansas City area. 

To learn more about getting started in the Adult Learning and Leadership programs, visit our website online or email the program director, Dr. Royce Ann Collins at alearnlead@k-state.edu. 

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