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About the Program

Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration is designed to prepare the student for a career in the health services industry in an administrative capacity. The program of study will give students a broad view of today's health care system and will prepare its graduates for entry and middle management positions in such areas as hospital, medical or dental clinics, group medical practices, managed care organizations, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, home health agencies, and governmental health agencies. Management skills and business practices used in today's complex health care systems are emphasized.

The objectives of the BS in Health Services Administration are: • to provide students with a comprehensive foundation in administrative theory and practice pertinent to the health care arena

  • to meet the needs of adult students by developing the administrative knowledge, skills, and abilities that are associated with success in the health care organization’s workplace
  • to meet the needs of health service employers by preparing adult learners to meet the challenges of changing organizations
  • to validate lifelong learning through experiential portfolio credit
  • to provide a foundation for advanced training and studies beyond the undergraduate level and to instill a desire for lifelong learning
  • to deliver the program in a flexible, accelerated format while maintaining academic integrity

Health Services Administration Specialization

The Health Services Administration specialization and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs are designed to provide a broad view of today's health care system and to prepare graduates for entry and middle management positions in such areas as hospitals, medical or dental clinics, group medical practices, managed care organizations, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, home health agencies, and government agencies. The curriculum emphasizes management skills for use in any health care setting. The Health Services specialization is an excellent career pathway for persons licensed in clinical health and medical care professions but lacking an undergraduate degree. Additionally, the specialization prepares students for graduate studies in health care administration. The objectives of the specialization in Health Services Administration are:

  • to provide students with a comprehensive foundation in administrative theory and practice pertinent to the health care arena
  • to meet the needs of adult students by developing the administrative knowledge, skills, and abilities that are associated with success in the health care organization’s workplace
  • to meet the needs of health service employers by preparing adult learners to meet the challenges of changing organizations
  • to validate lifelong learning through experiential portfolio credit
  • to provide a foundation for advance training and studies beyond the undergraduate level and to instill a desire for lifelong learning
  • to deliver the program in a flexible, accelerated format while maintaining academic integrity

Students having health care experience should begin study with either HSA 319 Health Care Finance, HSA 339 Health Law, or HSA 410 Management in Health Care. This experience requirement consists of at least five years of experience, with at least one year in a supervisory or management capacity.

Otherwise, students should begin with HSA 301 The Health Care System, which is required prior to the five required courses in Health Care Administration. Students who wish to enroll in Health Services administration courses without the experience requirement or the HSA 301 prerequisite may take the 400 level coursework only with permission of the program director.

Health Services Administration Certificate

Students who are in other academic programs who wish to obtain a Health Services Administration Certificate must successfully complete a total of 18 credits from the Health Services Administration core requirements. Please notify your advisor of your intentions.

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