Do you see yourself as a compassionate leader? If so, you could find yourself managing a hospital one day with a healthcare administration degree. Health care administrators are considered health care professionals in leadership positions at hospitals, hospital networks, health care systems, and public health systems. Offered on-campus and online, healthcare administration may just be what you need to become the leader you want to be.

Major

Students enter the healthcare administration major after earning an associate degree in an approved applied science area (such as nursing, radiation therapy and healthcare support) with at least a 2.7 grade point average.  This major allows students to earn a baccalaureate healthcare administration degree without any additional clinical courses.

In addition to the general study requirements, the following are also required for the major:

  • MA 253 Statistics
  • PS 111 General Psychology

Core Courses

27 hours required: All courses listed.

BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, March, and May.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 251 Principles of Marketing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January, and May.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 281 Managerial Communications
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool. Camupus: Spring, every year; WOL: October and January.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 371 Business Law
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes, and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasizes the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: August, March.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HCA 300 Healthcare Administration I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduction to roles of professionals in meeting standards of regulatory agencies and voluntary organizations in healthcare delivery systems. Application of the concepts of financial management within healthcare organizations. This will include: budgeting, financial planning principles, reimbursement procedures, governmental regulation and legal restraints.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HCA 400 Healthcare Administration II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course is intended to teach the skills needs to keep organizations competitive in the constantly changing healthcare environment. The course discusses developments in the healthcare field that require managers to have heightened skills in strategic planning and competitive analysis. The course also examines the models that exist for delivering quality service to consumers and how to build a base of loyal customers. Prerequisite: HCA 300.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HCA 490 Internship
Campus & Online | 1-6 Credit
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Work experience with firm or agency directly related to the student’s major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract. Normally reserved for third and fourth year students. May be repeated with different topics. As needed.

Campus & Online 1-6 Credit
HS 250 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Helping Professions
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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An introduction to ethical issues in the helping professions and the legal context of practice, with emphasis on the development of ethical competence for the undergraduate helping professional.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 486 Crisis Intervention
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of crisis theory and interventions for working with clients in crisis. Crisis and conflict management theories, strategies and skills will be examined and applied to a variety of situations including those involving suicide, physical and sexual assault, natural and man-made disasters, grief or traumatic loss and violence in the workplace, the home, or the school. Pre-requisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Human Resource Management Track

15 hours required: All courses listed.

BU 341 Human Resource Management I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the processes in the personnel management system to meet human resource requirements, develop effectiveness in human resources, create a productive climate and behaviors and develop leadership and decision-making abilities to accomplish individual, organizational and societal objectives. Incorporates results of research in the behavioral sciences and stresses applications in the organizational structure. Campus: Spring, odd years; WOL: August, May. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 342 Human Resource Management II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Goes beyond the basic foundation of human resources management to focus in more detail on resources management in terms of implementing compensation, providing economic, physical and emotional security for employees, creating a productive work climate, understanding employee rights and discipline, strengthening employee-management relations and understanding global enterprises. Campus: Fall, odd years; WOL: October. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 341.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 343 Organizational Behavior
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Examines individual concepts, individual-organizational interface, the organization itself and organizational processes and characteristics. Campus: Spring, even years; WOL: October. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 346 Legal Issues in Human Resources Management
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Covers various legal issues that will face those employed in the human resources field. Some of the topics which may be covered include: compensation issues, equal employment opportunities, affirmative action programs, introduction to OSHA, employment and medical testing, sexual harassment issues, employee rights to privacy, as well as some specific
laws such as ADA and NLRA. Campus: Fall, even years; WOL: October, January. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 371.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 445 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Covers current readings and current and directed topics in the field of human resources management that are not covered in other classes. Topics will change as the field of human resource management changes. Every other year. Prerequisites: BU 341 and BU 342.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Other Required Courses

Woods Core math requirement

MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

Nursing students as well as other fields would benefit from a minor in Healthcare Administration. This type of minor would allow students the opportunity to move into management/leadership roles in the healthcare field.

Required Courses

18 hours total: All courses listed.

BU 121 Principles of Accounting I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, March, and May.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 251 Principles of Marketing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January, and May.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 346 Legal Issues in Human Resources Management
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Covers various legal issues that will face those employed in the human resources field. Some of the topics which may be covered include: compensation issues, equal employment opportunities, affirmative action programs, introduction to OSHA, employment and medical testing, sexual harassment issues, employee rights to privacy, as well as some specific
laws such as ADA and NLRA. Campus: Fall, even years; WOL: October, January. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 371.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HCA 300 Healthcare Administration I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduction to roles of professionals in meeting standards of regulatory agencies and voluntary organizations in healthcare delivery systems. Application of the concepts of financial management within healthcare organizations. This will include: budgeting, financial planning principles, reimbursement procedures, governmental regulation and legal restraints.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HCA 400 Healthcare Administration II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

This course is intended to teach the skills needs to keep organizations competitive in the constantly changing healthcare environment. The course discusses developments in the healthcare field that require managers to have heightened skills in strategic planning and competitive analysis. The course also examines the models that exist for delivering quality service to consumers and how to build a base of loyal customers. Prerequisite: HCA 300.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

Graduates with a healthcare administration degree are prepared to work in a variety of healthcare administration jobs such as:

  • Director of Nursing
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Health Information Manager
  • Health Service Manager
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Medical Director
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Nursing Recruiter