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Healthcare Administration

Bachelor of Science

Program Length: 36 months (may be completed in as little as 30 months)

Degree Overview

healthcare administration degree

Healthcare Administration Degree

The Healthcare Administration degree can help you develop the skills and competencies you need to function as a supervisor or manager in the healthcare field. This Healthcare Administration degree program will introduce you to the business challenges of the healthcare delivery system and give you a better understanding of management's role in this complex system. As a graduate with a Healthcare Administration degree, you could be prepared to work in entry-level management and accounting positions in hospitals, clinics, long-term facilities, and more.

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

ACC 101 Fundamentals of Accounting I 3.0
ACC 102 Fundamentals of Accounting II 3.0
ACC 213 Principles of Accounting I 3.0
ACC 214 Principles of Accounting II 3.0
APP 101 Computer Fundamentals 3.5
COM 102 Computerized Medical Administration 3.0
COM 103 Computerized Pharmacy Systems and Databases 3.0
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
CSS 299 Professional Development 4.0
ECN 220 Economics 4.0
ECN 221 Economic Principles 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
HCA 300 The Healthcare System 4.0
HCA 375 Healthcare Financial Administration 4.0
HCA 432 Healthcare Economics and Policy 4.0
HCA 440 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Administration 4.0
HCA 460 Health Facility Operations 4.0
HCA 462 Long-Term Care Administration 4.0
HCA 474 Senior Seminar 4.0
HIS 220 American Civilization 4.0
HIS 300 U.S. History Since the Civil War 4.0
LBT 205 Medical Laboratory Procedures 3.0
LBT 280 Medical Laboratory Processes 3.0
LBT 285 Phlebotomy/IV Therapy 3.0
MAN 103 Management Principles 4.0
MAN 224 Business Law 4.0
MAN 324 Operations Management 4.0
MAN 444 Human Resource Management 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
MED 100 Medical Terminology, Law, and Ethics 4.0
MED 102 Medical Aseptic Procedures 3.0
MED 103 Cardiopulmonary/ECG 3.0
MED 104 Medical Clinical Procedures 3.0
MED 106 Vital Signs and Emergencies 3.0
MED 108 Medical Billing 3.0
MED 109 Medical Records and Communication 3.0
MED 111 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology 3.0
MED 200 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 3.0
MED 210 Professional Medical Coding 3.0
MED 211 Insurance Specialist 3.0
MED 299 Clinical Applications Capstone 4.0
PHI 221 Introduction to Logic 4.0
PHI 310 Critical Thinking 4.0
PHR 107 Drug Administration 3.0
PHR 200 Pharmacy Essentials 3.0
PHR 208 Principles of Pharmacy Technology 4.0
PHR 209 Pharmacy Technology Applications 3.0
PSY 400 Biological Psychology 4.0
SOC 400 Sociology of Aging 4.0
STA 322 Statistics 4.0

Course Description

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Fundamentals of Accounting I

Introduces the fundamental principles and practices of accounting, including the theory of debit and credit and the accounting cycle. Examines chart of accounts and permanent and temporary accounts. Presents analysis and recording of accounting transactions and their relationship to the basic accounting equation.

Credits: 3.0

Fundamentals of Accounting II

Introduces preparation of the worksheet and financial statements. Covers adjustments and closing entries, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and banking procedures. Discusses special journals, cash receipts, and cash payments.

Credits: 3.0

Principles of Accounting I

Focuses on a more in-depth understanding of adjustments and closing procedures. Emphasizes accounts receivable, uncollectible accounts, notes payable and receivable, and merchandise inventory. Discusses credit policies and internal control.

Credits: 3.0

Principles of Accounting II

Introduces methods of valuation of inventory and the acquisition, depreciation, and disposal of long-term assets. Corporate accounting topics include capital stock transactions, dividends, treasury stocks, corporate income taxes, capital transactions, and long-term bonds.

Credits: 3.0

Computer Fundamentals

This course introduces the elements of several popular computer software programs in word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation design, Emphasis will be placed on the basic fundamentals of document creation, saving, and printing along with the more advanced concepts of presentation design.

Credits: 3.5

Computerized Medical Administration

Provides the student with the training required to keep consistent with computer software that is used in the billing areas of the medical and dental fields. Real life activities and simulations reinforce basic billing skills. Conflict management and billing collection are taught. This course uses a medical office simulation to introduce the student to the everyday functioning of a medical office.

Credits: 3.0

Computerized Pharmacy Systems and Databases

This course provides students with the training required to keep consistent with computer software used in the pharmacy. Topics include prescription documentation, prescription processing, and the use of computer software in inventory management. Upon completion students will be able to perform real life activities via simulations exhibiting basic skills in using pharmacy computer software.

Credits: 3.0

Psychology of Motivation

Students review skills necessary to be successful in college, including: note-taking, study skills, writing, finding and using information on the Internet, and reading/understanding college-level text. Students are exposed to basic motivation theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles.

Credits: 4.0

Professional Development

This course addresses employment search and acquisition skills. Topics include matching qualifications with job requirements, resume preparation, and job applications. Also includes cover letters, follow-up letters, resignation letters, and recommendation letters. Classroom activities include discussion of basic interviewer questions and interviewing techniques.

Credits: 4.0


Basic course in microeconomic concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, wage and price movements, and other key points.

Credits: 4.0

Economic Principles

Basic course in macroeconomic concepts. Topics include inflation, the cause and effects of interest rates, the dollar and the foreign trade deficit, productivity growth rate, and the federal budget deficit.

Credits: 4.0

English Composition

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Credits: 4.0

Communication Arts

This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.

Credits: 4.0

The Healthcare System

A study of the U.S. healthcare system to help students understand the critical issues facing healthcare in its ever-changing environment, and to gain a sense of the complex multidimensional nature of healthcare delivery in the United States.

Credits: 4.0

Healthcare Financial Administration

This course is designed to build upon the concepts introduced in basic accounting courses and develops proficiency in applying administrative financial techniques in healthcare decision-making. (Prerequisite: ACC214, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

Healthcare Economics and Policy

Discussion and analysis of the economic models controlling healthcare markets with subsequent investigation of the complex federal, state, and local policies and policymaking processes which result from those models in the U.S. healthcare systems.

Credits: 4.0

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Administration

Review of legal responsibilities of physicians, other healthcare workers, and healthcare institutions and means by which health-related laws and regulations are developed and implemented. Issues involved in healthcare professional ethics are discussed and evaluated.

Credits: 4.0

Health Facility Operations

A review of long-term care facility operations utilizing simulations. Students make operational decisions utilizing financial statements, census reports, staffing schedules, and other relevant factors. Prepares students for specific types of situations and questions encountered on the long-term care administrator licensing examination. (Prerequisite: HCA300 or permission of the Dean)

Credits: 4.0

Long-Term Care Administration

Application of health administration core curriculum to specific practice issues in the longterm care setting. Setting specific organization structures, relationships with healthcare providers, services offered, financial management issues, and regulatory issues are investigated. (Prerequisites: HCA300 and HCA440 or permission of the Dean)

Credits: 4.0

Senior Seminar

A capstone course for seniors designed to provide integration and application of theory through the use of case study analysis.

Credits: 4.0

American Civilization

This course covers the history of the United States from the American Revolution to the present. Emphasis is on the economic, political, and social development of our country.

Credits: 4.0

U.S. History Since the Civil War

This course offers students an overview of how America transformed itself, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The student will learn how dominant and subordinate groups have affected the shifting balance of power in America since 1863. Major topics include: Reconstruction, the frontier, the 1890s, America's transition to an industrial society, Progressivism, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, economic and social change in the late 20th century, and power and politics since 1974.

Credits: 4.0

Medical Laboratory Procedures

Introduces the fundamental knowledge of hematology and complete hematology tests, including WBC and RBC, differential counts, blood smears and staining techniques, hemoglobin, hematocrit, blood typing, blood glucose, sedimentation rates, and mono reagent testing.

Credits: 3.0

Medical Laboratory Processes

Provides the student with an opportunity to practice his or her clinical testing knowledge. Complete urinalysis (physical, chemical, and microscopic) and reagent testing, including pregnancy and rapid strep testing, are taught. Students will observe these skills in actual clinical laboratory conditions.

Credits: 3.0

Phlebotomy/IV Therapy

Covers how to draw blood using vacutainer, butterfly, and syringe methods. Students will learn the correct vacutainer tube to use for different hematological procedures. IV therapeutics are part of this course. Students will observe these skills in actual medical facility conditions.

Credits: 3.0

Management Principles

An introduction to the basic principles of management as it applies to formal organizations. Students are introduced to the importance of effective management within organizations. The traditional management framework is used to provide essential skills in planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling.

Credits: 4.0

Business Law

Deals with the legal problems confronting businesses such as court procedures, contracts, property law, fair credit reporting, the Privacy Act, business relationships, and supervision.

Credits: 4.0

Operations Management

Explores long-range and short-range problems in operations management, both for manufacturing and for service operations. Emphasizes understanding these problems and the practical applications of quantitative techniques relative to them. Realistic case studies stress logical analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, and the presentation of results.

Credits: 4.0

Human Resource Management

Studies the application of psychology to the problems of personnel management. The student is expected to grasp a working knowledge of the basic operative functions of procuring, developing, maintaining and utilizing a labor force sufficient to meet the minimum entry-level requirements of employment in personnel work.

Credits: 4.0

College Algebra

Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.

Credits: 4.0

Medical Terminology, Law, and Ethics

Introduces terminology that is specific to the medical profession. Course enables students to translate prefixes, suffixes, and root words from their Greek and Latin word parts. Elements will be able to be combined into medical terms. Course also covers medical laws, ethics, and bioethics.

Credits: 4.0

Medical Aseptic Procedures

Teaches aseptic technique, including proper hand washing. Disinfection and sterilization is taught, along with universal (standard) precautions and infection control as specified by OSHA.

Credits: 3.0


Covers electrocardiography, standardization of the ECG, identifying artifacts, recognition of arrhythmia, and 12-lead ECG. The student may certify as an ECG technician after satisfactorily passing this class.

Credits: 3.0

Medical Clinical Procedures

Focuses on clinical and microbiological testing. Microscope use is taught, along with specimen collection and cultures and sensitivities. Gram-staining procedures are also taught.

Credits: 3.0

Vital Signs and Emergencies

Presents the proper way of taking patients' vital signs (including blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, temperature, height, and weight). Growth charting for children is also covered. CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Community First Aid and Safety are taught and certified through the American Heart Association.

Credits: 3.0

Medical Billing

Introduces the fundamentals of bookkeeping procedures. Covers payroll, spreadsheets, ledgers, and transactions documents. Management and filing specific to the medical office will also be included.

Credits: 3.0

Medical Records and Communication

Prepares the student to work with the medical community and patients using interpersonal communication, developing both written and verbal skills. Introduces the student to work performed in medical administration. Medical records including POMR and SOAP are covered as well as telephone techniques, appointment scheduling, mail handling and medical reception skills.

Credits: 3.0

Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

This is part one of a two part course series covering anatomy and physiology of the major systems of the body. Topics of this course include organization of the body, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems, and special senses. Upon completion student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationship.

Credits: 3.0

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

This is part two of a two part course series covering anatomy and physiology of the major systems of the body. Topics of this course include the cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, digestive, and endocrine systems. Upon completion student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationship.

Credits: 3.0

Professional Medical Coding

Covers the study of insurance using computer coding software. Includes speed and accuracy of coding. Pre-tests are included in this course to better prepare students for certification.

Credits: 3.0

Insurance Specialist

Covers medical insurance and insurance filing. Students learn to properly fill out insurance forms and understand electronic claim submission. Students also learn about different health insurance programs, government programs, and managed-care programs.

Credits: 3.0

Clinical Applications Capstone

This course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of the program subject matter. Students are required to perform skills and explain concepts, processes, and theory presented throughout the program with a professional level of competency prior to externship placement. (Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all core courses except EXT 101 or with consent of the Dean)

Credits: 4.0

Introduction to Logic

This course focuses on the techniques for determining the validity of arguments and analyzing problems in the world. Topics include a discussion of informal fallacies, Aristotelian logic, and symbolic logic.

Credits: 4.0

Critical Thinking

This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and challenges the student to question his or her own assumptions through analysis of the most common problems associated with everyday reasoning. The course explains the fundamental concepts, describes the most common barriers to critical thinking and offers strategies for overcoming those barriers.

Credits: 4.0

Drug Administration

Covers fundamental information on drug administration. Topics include administration of drugs, including injectable (subcutaneous, intradermal, and intramuscular) methods, and different injection sites. Upon completion students will be able to properly withdraw medication, calculate dosages, and calibrate syringes.

Credits: 3.0

Pharmacy Essentials

This course covers the essential concepts of pharmacy and pharmaceutical terminology. Topics include pharmacy rules of the state and how they impact the role of the pharmacy technician, regulatory standards in pharmacy practice, and ethical considerations for the pharmacy technician. Upon completions students will be able to identify the various categories of non-prescription products and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and perform counseling related to those items.

Credits: 3.0

Principles of Pharmacy Technology

This course covers the basics of being a pharmacy technician in the community and hospital pharmacy. Topics include routes and forms of administration and pharmaceutical calculations. Upon completion students will be able to prepare, package, and dispense medications.

Credits: 4.0

Pharmacy Technology Applications

This course covers the therapeutic applications of drugs and common adverse drug reactions. Topics include biopharmaceutics, different characteristics and actions of drugs, and infection control. Upon completion students will be able to perform sterile preparations and compounding.

Credits: 3.0

Biological Psychology

This course introduces the student to the intricate relationship between biology and psychology. The student is exposed to the emerging field of biopsychology in which fascinating new discoveries are constantly being made. Major topics include: anatomy of the nervous system, plasticity of the brain, sensory systems and attention, wakefulness and sleeping, emotional behaviors, the biology of learning and memory, and psychological disorders.

Credits: 4.0

Sociology of Aging

This course contains an interdisciplinary approach that provides the concepts, information, and examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. This course addresses a broad range of societal issues and covers concepts associated with an aging population. It examines the concept of aging on both an individual and societal level. Major topics include: the history of aging in America; physical aging; psychological aspects of aging; personal adaptation to aging; death and dying; community social services; how aging affects personal needs and resources; and government responses to the needs of aging.

Credits: 4.0


This course focuses on the practical skills needed in statistics analysis. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, proportions, regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice.

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 51Total Credits: 181.5

*Includes optional elective courses and credits. See catalog for details.

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