Hodges University

Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration (HSA)

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration is to provide a quality undergraduate program in health services administration through an innovative curriculum. The program strives to offer an outstanding experience for adult learners to engage in active learning to enhance their knowledge of the business of healthcare in today’s society. Graduates of the program will be prepared to fulfill management and leadership roles and responsibilities in a variety of healthcare fields in the for-profit, non-profit and public healthcare setting as well as agencies that provide non-clinical services to the public.

On Campus and Online
The course work is provided in two formats. In the accelerated format, the student is offered two of the core curriculum classes each semester as 8-week in-class “mini-semesters.” There is a partial week overlap between classes, resulting in both classes being completed within 15 weeks. These classes are offered on a weekday evening. An additional 15-week online core curriculum class is also available to the accelerated class students in the same semester. The second format is totally online, offered in 15 week sessions, three semesters per year.

HSA degrees prepare you to be managers in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Community Health
  • Senior Housing and Managed Care Organizations
  • Physician Practices
  • Advocacy Organizations and Professional Associations
  • The Insurance Industry
  • Consultant Services

Why HSA?

Is HSA Right for Me?

If you are interested in a career in medical or health services administration, you possess the following qualities and would enjoy the duties listed below a career in Health Services Administration program is the place for you!

Do you possess the following qualities?*

  • Analytical Skills - You must be able to understand and follow current regulations and be able to adapt to new laws.
  • Communication Skills - You must be able to communicate effectively with other health professionals.
  • Attention to Detail - You might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.
  • Interpersonal Skills - You need to be able to discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives and be able to motivate and lead staff.
  • Problem-solving skills - You may be responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems.
  • Technical Skills - You must be able to follow advances in health care technology like Electronic Health Records (EHR).

Would you enjoy the following duties?*

  • Improving efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Keep up to date on new laws and regulations so the facility complies with them
  • Supervise assistant administrators in facilities that are large enough to need them
  • Manage finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Keep and organize records of the facility's services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-4. 10/23/2013

Careers

What is the HSA Career Outlook?

Healthcare is an industry that is going through rapid change and growth; therefore, skillful executives are needed in a wide range of healthcare organizations.

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*.

*Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-6 10/23/2013

Health Services Administration Careers*

CLINICAL MANAGER
  • Manage Nursing Department
  • Manage Surgery Department
  • Manage Physical Therapy Dept.
  • Set Policies
  • Develop Budgets
  • Evaluate Staff
ASSISTANT ADMINSTRATOR
  • Work for the Top Administrator
  • Handle Daily Operations
  • Direct Nursing Activities
  • Direct Medical Records
  • Direct Therapy Activities
  • Direct Health Information
NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR
  • Manage Patient Care
  • Supervise Staff
  • Manage Facility
  • Determine Budget
  • Manage Finances
  • Manage Patient Admissions

*Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-2 10/23/2013

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Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

The program is developed around a core curriculum of required courses within healthcare, along with a series of liberal arts courses to assure the broadest based educational experience for the student. Students have the opportunity to select from an approved list of elective courses to complete their degree.

In order for students to begin the health administration component of the program, they must have completed an associate degree or completed 60 semester college credit hours from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. In addition, each student is expected to present a course in English Composition II or its equivalent, six to eight academic credit hours of math/statistics and knowledge of computer applications as evidenced by the student’s transcripts.

A full time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in approximately 3 years.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I

Health Services Administration Component

Semester Hour Credit

HSA3111 United States Healthcare System

HSA3111 - United States Healthcare System - 4 Credits

This course provides an overview of the U.S. healthcare system, identifying the various stakeholders. Particular emphasis is placed on the effects the political, social, economic and technological environments have on the U.S. healthcare system.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG2102 with a C or better or permission of the Program Chair or Dean

4
HSA3125 Financial Management in Health Services

HSA3125 - Financial Management in Health Services - 4 Credits

This course is devoted to the practical aspects of finance in healthcare, examination of recent developments in financial management of healthcare organization, and applications of financial management techniques to specific problems facing healthcare managers.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG2102 with a C or better or permission of the Program Chair or Dean

4
HSA3129 The Healthcare Professional as Manager

HSA3129 - The Healthcare Professional as Manager - 4 Credits

Managing a healthcare organization requires a special set of knowledge and skills. This course offers a practical, skill-based approach to healthcare management. The course is designed to facilitate the acquisition of management skills in managing the day-to-day operations of the facility, meeting regulatory compliance mandates for safety and healthcare performance, developing policies, and procedures to ensure the provision of quality care, and recruiting, selecting, and developing employees.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG2102 with a C or better or permission of the Program Chair or Dean

4
HSA3154 Organizational Theory and Development in Healthcare Organizations

HSA3154 - Organizational Theory and Development in Healthcare Organizations - 4 Credits

In this course, power, influence, motivation, group dynamics, values, and communication will be explored within the context of providing healthcare. Healthcare organizations have many different credentialed professionals who function under many prescribed guidelines creating a challenging management environment. Examination of the unique role of the physician in healthcare will be covered.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG2102 with a C or better or permission of the Program Chair or Dean

4
HSA3262 Healthcare Ethics

HSA3262 - Healthcare Ethics - 4 Credits

This course explores both clinical and administrative ethical issues in healthcare. Students will learn to identify, analyze and assess ethical conflicts arising in specific healthcare situations, and to address, resolve, and defend a position in dealing with these problems.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG2102 with a C or better or permission of the Program Chair or Dean

4
HSA4134 Policy and Law in Healthcare

HSA4134 - Policy and Law in Healthcare - 4 Credits

This course examines the formulation, implementation, and evolution of healthcare policy in the United States. The role of the federal, state, and local government in the development of healthcare policy for both the public and private sectors is reviewed, as well as a broad range of legal concepts related to healthcare. The concept of organizational governance is also explored.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG2102 with a C or better or permission of the Program Chair or Dean

4
HSA4150 Quality Management in Healthcare

HSA4150 - Quality Management in Healthcare - 4 Credits

This course covers the basic principles and techniques of quality management in healthcare. Methods of measuring, assessing and improving healthcare services and applying quality concepts and tools to real-life situations will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, STA3014, ENG2102 with a C or better or permission of the Program Chair or Dean

4
HSA4164 Strategic Planning in Healthcare

HSA4164 - Strategic Planning in Healthcare - 4 Credits

This course will explore the principles, techniques, and implications of strategic planning in the context of changing environmental, policy, and competitive forces in the health services industry. The course will investigate methods and strategic planning and management decision making, and techniques for determining unique organizational structure, services, and administrative systems.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, STA3014, ENG2102 with a C or better or permission of the Program Chair or Dean

4
HSA4204 Management of Healthcare Information

HSA4204 - Management of Healthcare Information - 4 Credits

The distinctions and commonalities between information collected for clinical purposes and information collected for administrative purposes provides the healthcare manager with many challenges. This course will look at the acquisition, storage and use of information as a systematic way to improve the healthcare process. The view is from a healthcare manager’s perspective, not an information technology professional’s perspective.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG2102 with a C or better or permission of the Program Chair or Dean

4

Total Health Services Administration Component
36

Area II

Liberal Arts Component


ENG1101 English Composition

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access at a level of basic proficiency.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
ENG2102 English Composition II

ENG2102 - English Composition II - 4 Credits

This course builds on the writing process studied in English Composition I. Students will practice reading and writing critically, and incorporating research in expository and persuasive papers. A passing grade of a C is required.

Prerequisite: A minimum of C in English Composition I or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
STA3014 Statistics

STA3014 - Statistics - 4 Credits

This course introduces the students to statistical techniques in descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency and variation, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals.

Prerequisites: MAC1132

4
CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access at a level of basic proficiency.

4
IDS1001 Foundations for College Success

IDS1001 - Foundations for College Success - 1 Credit

This course provides students with an overview of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students will be introduced to the Blackboard Learning System™, library resources, APA format, as well as the Academic Honesty Policy and the Writing and Oral Communication requirements of the University. All students are required to take this course their first semester with the University. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

1
IDS4001 The Learning Portfolio

IDS4001 - The Learning Portfolio - 1 Credit

In this course, students are required to produce an electronic portfolio that demonstrates their mastery of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students in bachelor degree programs are required to take this course their last semester with the University and must successfully complete the course in order to graduate. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite: IDS1001 and senior status

1

One Communications Elective 4

One English Elective 4

One Behavioral Science Elective 4

One Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 4

One Liberal Arts Elective 4

Total Liberal Arts Component
42

Area III

Approved Elective Component



Students must complete 44 semester credit hours in health care related courses. Credit for courses taken under the Approved Elective Component may be granted through either advanced standing credit (transfer credits) or classes taken at Hodges University as approved in consultation with the Program Chair or and Dean.


Total Approved Elective Component
44

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

122

Benefits

How is Hodges HSA Program Different?

Our Program Can Be Completed Entirely Online

In addition to the traditional on campus format, Hodges University offers the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration degree program entirely online! When you enroll in an online program at Hodges, you will not be compromising quality for convenience. Imagine completing your degree without commuting to classes!

Our Professors Have Real-World Experience

Our professors have worked in field and bring that real-world experience to the classroom. The Dean of the School of Allied Health, Dr. Carlene Harrison, has spent the majority of her professional career has been in the outpatient setting. She has worked in for-profit, not-for-profit, and public health organizations managing everything from major research operations to day-to-day clinical operations.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

Rewards Plan

Full time undergraduate students can take advantage of our Rewards Plan. Take an additional course at no extra cost and save up to 25% on undergraduate tuition.

Prospective students should contact Admissions at 844-HODGESU or admit@hodges.edu for more information. Current students should contact the Registrar's Office at 239-938-7818 or registrar@hodges.edu for more information.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"I have learned an enormous amount and feel prepared to work in my field!" - School of Allied Health Graduate

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  • Give you information regarding your orientation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

 

Carlene Harrison

Dean : School of Allied Health

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” B.B. King

 
 

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