Healthcare Administration Bachelor Degree

Healthcare Administration

healthcare administration
Healthcare Administration
B.S. in Health Science
Overview

Want to be a part of a growing industry and provide critical support to people who save lives every day? A career in healthcare administration may be what you’ve been looking for. According to U.S. Department of Labor projections, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.* 

The government projects that as the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services. Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and healthcare staffs in all areas of the industry.*

At ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI), you can earn your Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science with a concentration in Healthcare Administration in just 2.5 years through MCI’s year-round program.  

*Data Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook - 2012-13 Edition

Program Description

Medical Career Institute’s course of study provides students with a strong foundation in the fundamental areas of healthcare administration including:

  • Managed Care
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Technology
  • Community Health
  • Healthcare Research
  • Long-term Care Administration
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems
  • Epidemiology

MCI’s industry-driven curriculum is augmented with solid coursework involving the liberal arts and sciences which prepares graduates to enter the healthcare administration field confident in their ability to serve as business advocates in the global healthcare workplace.

Possible Career Track

Medical and Healthcare Administration executives coordinate, plan, direct and supervise the delivery of healthcare. These professionals are either specialists in charge of a clinical department or generalists who manage an entire facility or organization.

The healthcare industry is looking for well-educated caring professionals to oversee: 

  • Long-term Care Centers
  • Community Health and Physician Office Practices
  • Hospital Departments
  • Medical Units
  • Outpatient Centers

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

58 semester credit hours

ACC160

Principles of Accounting I

3

ACC161

Principles of Accounting II

3

BUS121

Introduction to Business

3

BUS303

Organizational Leadership and Management

3

BUS328

Business Process Improvement

3

BUS328L

Business Process Improvement LAB

1

HCA200

Healthcare Marketing

3

HCA300

Healthcare Administration and Regulation

3

HCA305

Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration

3

HCA310

Healthcare Administration Ethics

3

HCA330

Long-Term Care Across the Continuum

3

HCA400

Health Information Systems

3

HCA410

Human Resource Management in Healthcare

3

HCA420

Healthcare Delivery Systems

3

HCA422

Managing Crisis in Community Settings

3

HCA430

Financial Management & Managed Care in Healthcare Organizations

3

HCA440

Healthcare Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

HCA470

Global Healthcare

3

HCA490

Capstone in Healthcare Administration

3

LTC300

Long Term Care Environment

3

Arts and Sciences

43 semester credit hours

BIO250

Epidemiology

3

BIO250L

Epidemiology LAB

1

CAP480

Arts and Sciences Capstone

3

COM115

Principles of Communication

3

ECO201

Macroeconomics

3

ECO202

Microeconomics

3

ENG110

College Composition

3

ENG120

Advanced Composition

3

HLT101

Nutrition

3

HUM115

Reasoning & Analysis

3

HUM205

Culture and Diversity

3

MTH131

College Algebra

3

MTH140

Statistics

3

PSY105

Introduction to Psychology

3

SOC100

Introduction to Sociology

3

Self Integration and Computer Literacy

7 semester credit hours

COR191

Career Orientation

1

FOR110

Essentials for Success

3

CIS115

Computer Applications

3

Acute Care Track

13 semester credit hours

BUS472

Applied Project Management

3

BUS472L

Applied Project Management LAB

1

HCA320

Healthcare Administration Externship I

3

HCA450

Public Health

3

HCA480

Healthcare Administration Externship II

3

Long Term Care Track

13 semester credit hours

LTC310

Domains of Care

2

LTC320

Long Term Care Administration Externship I

4

LTC330

Domains of Care II

2

LTC480

Long Term Care Externship II

4

LTC482

Review for National Exam

1

 

Program Outcomes

Healthcare Administration students first learn basic business and accounting skills as they apply to the healthcare industry. They then learn about health information systems, managed care systems, marketing a healthcare business, public health issues, and legal and ethical issues in healthcare. The acute care track prepares entry level managers for work in hospitals, clinics, and emergency centers. The long term care track prepares students for careers as long term care administrators in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living.

Upon completion of this program, graduates are able to:

  • Critically analyze research findings for evidence-based medicine and management practices by applying core healthcare administration and fundamental knowledge of the arts and sciences for decision-making.
  • Distinguish the legal and ethical standards of practice for healthcare administrators in a variety of healthcare settings and situations.
  • Explain the complex relationships between healthcare payors, institutions, and customers within the state, nation, and foreign countries from economic and financial perspectives.
  • Apply principles of healthcare administration within the continuum of care.
  • Compare and contrast various U.S. healthcare delivery systems nationally and globally.
  • Understand and utilize epidemiologic assessments, economic trends, population changes, and healthcare trends.
  • Identify and recognize current and future health information technology, biotechnology, and other technological implications in the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Apply skills, values, and knowledge from the coursework to present a complex business proposal for a healthcare unit.
  • Incorporate a financial plan, human resources planning, a marketing strategy, basic and advanced technology needs, reimbursement, and applicability to the community.

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