Healthcare Administration Course Summaries

Lower Level courses required – 3 semester hours

MTH 2301 Introduction to Statistics. Statistical Methods provides a basic introduction to the methods and logic necessary to perform elementary statistical analysis. The course covers the terminology and methodology of statistics. Topics such as graphic representation of data, measures of central tendency, variation, probabilities linear correlation and regression, and hypothesis testing are included.

Upper Level courses required – 46 semester hours

COM 3331 Organizational Communications. Organizational Communications is an interactive course of study that provides a comprehensive introduction into the theory and practical application of organizational behavior in today’s organizations and business entities. Organizational behavior is the study of how individuals and groups impact the behavior within an organization. Organizational communications and organizational behavior are both fields of systemic study focusing on improving productivity and performance management.

BUS 3340 Human Resource Management. This course is an introduction to modern human resource management, including the importance of personnel development to the success of organizations, personnel selection, training, and motivation, designed to introduce and help students achieve managerial and personal success. Emphasis is placed on the functions of recruiting and retention, selecting, job analysis and design, performance appraising and management, training and development, direct and indirect compensation, managing labor relations and the legal environment, workforce diversity, career management, strategic planning, and the global environment.

HCA 3311 Consumer Issues in Healthcare. This course develops critical thinking skills related to evaluation of health information and the resultant decisions regarding health care. In this context, health factors to be considered may be derived from any area of the human health experience including environmental, physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional domains. The learner will identify health issues, identify sources of health information regarding those issues, and evaluate the quality of that health information. In addition, the learner will identify and assess information related to some public health issues from the local, state, national, and global levels and the related effects of consumer behavior.

HCA 3341 Essentials of Healthcare Ethics. This course presents students with the opportunity to explore current healthcare ethical dilemmas, consider personal bias, and explore the formulation of Christian responses in difficult healthcare situations. REL 3333 Christian Ethics is a prerequisite.

HCA 3360 Principles of Healthcare Finance. This course provides foundational instruction in the practices and responsibilities of the finance function in the healthcare organization and a beginning look at the manager’s role in the use of financial information.

HCA 3312 Management Essentials of Healthcare Orgs This course provides the student with the foundational concepts of management with functional applications in the healthcare setting. HCA 3335, Principles of Healthcare Finance is a prerequisite.

HCA 3330 Information Technology in HC. This course examines the rapidly changing role of computers and information systems as key decision support and critical operations facilitation resources in the management of healthcare organizations. The course establishes a framework for understanding the requisite elements of a properly chosen, effectively implemented, and efficiently utilized healthcare information system. Client-server, central mainframe, thin desktop client, and mini-mainframe system architecture are reviewed, and students will develop an information system RFP, installation strategy, and operational plan for a hypothetical healthcare organization.

HCA 3315 Quality Management in Healthcare. This course provides the student with the foundational concepts of quality management in healthcare with functional applications.

HCA 3345 Marketing Management in Healthcare. The Health Care Marketing Module will provide the student with the necessary marketing skills to promote health care services or products. After a brief introduction to the organization and reimbursement methodologies for community healthcare resources, marketing principles, concepts and operations are explored in detail. These concepts are then applied to healthcare marketing strategies. Marketing plans and focus groups are examined in detail. Guest speakers reinforce the instruction by applying the various principles learned to "real life" operations in local healthcare facilities.

HCA 4340 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration. This course presents an overview of the legal issues important to the healthcare manager, and provides students with a basic working knowledge of health law. Students are provided with a realistic knowledge of health law and its application to the real world.

HCA 4360 Healthcare Finance Issues. This course provides an overview of advanced financial management in healthcare organizations, including managed care. HCA 3335 Principles of Healthcare Finance is a prerequisite.

HCA 4365 Managing the Healthcare Organization. This course is intended to provide the student with advanced concepts and applications of the management process in a healthcare organization. HCA 3312, Management Essentials in HCA (healthcare administration) is a prerequisite.

HCA 4370 Healthcare Economics. Built upon both financial management principles and theories of micro- and macro- economics, this senior level study of healthcare economics provides a framework for the healthcare manager to analyze the healthcare marketplace and assess potential for profitability. Pre-requisites include 6 hrs of economics and 6 hrs of healthcare finance, or the permission of the Director of the HCA (Healthcare Administration) Program. The course is cross-listed as ECO 4370.

HCA 4380 Management of Medical Practices. This senior level course, built upon foundational HCA finance and management concepts, develops collective business skills specific to the management of professional medical group practices with emphasis on physician groups in the ambulatory care setting. In addition to the intricate relationships among health care professionals who work together, the environment of patient care of professional practices includes complex associations with community hospitals, academic medical centers, and research programs. The learner will identify regulatory issues, risk management issues, taxation issues, and managed care issues important in this setting. In addition, the learner will apply foundational skills to this business setting. Prerequisites include six hours of HCA management and six hours of HCA finance.

HCA 4410 Healthcare Administration Practicum. This is a capstone course for the student majoring in healthcare administration. The student is provided actual managerial experience in a healthcare setting. The course is project oriented, and requires 60 hours of time over a 15 week semester dedicated to the practicum setting. This should within the student’s last three HCA courses before graduation, or as advised by the Director of the Healthcare Administration Program. The student must have a 2.25 GPA in the major to register for this course.

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