Healthcare Administration

Healthcare Administration

Build a solid foundation for success within the rapidly growing health care sector.

Florida Southern’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration will prepare you for a variety of strategic roles within this in-demand field.

This interdisciplinary program combines core business concepts with healthcare management practices, giving you the skills and knowledge to lead the industry and tackle its most unique challenges. This track is ideal if you are looking for career-entry into this competitive field or want to pursue graduate work in a related discipline.

Unique Curriculum

The Healthcare Administration major is housed within the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. That means you’ll be getting an internationally accredited business education while learning critical aspects of healthcare management. In addition to the business core, the curriculum covers a broad range of key, healthcare-related issues including ethics and law, community health, finance, healthcare policy, quality control, and information systems.

Engaged Learning

Part of what makes this major so dynamic is the hands-on experience integrated into the curriculum. You’ll have many opportunities to engage with healthcare providers and business leaders in your community. One important requirement of this degree is an internship at a healthcare institution, allowing you to apply what you’ve learned so far and explore future career opportunities while serving at a local hospital or physician’s practice.

Career Mobility

With job growth projected at 23% over the next eight years, healthcare looks to continue to be a goliath in the US job market. The comprehensive focus of FSC’s Healthcare Administration major will allow you to position yourself at the head of the pack in this ever expanding market, preparing you for a number of entry level careers including pharmaceutical sales, physician relations, patient care services, patient education, or work at a government agency. Thinking of graduate school? The program will also prepare you for study in advanced degree programs such as Master’s in Business Administration or a Master’s in Healthcare Administration.

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Program Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 56 hours
ACC 2111 Foundations of Financial Accounting
ACC 2112 Foundations of Managerial Accounting
BUS 2217 Principles of Management
BUS 3160 Marketing Principles
ECO 2205

Principles of Microeconomics

MAT 2022

Elementary Statistics

HCA 2125 Healthcare Organization and Management
HCA 3125 Community Health
HCA 3225 Healthcare Law and Ethics
HCA 3325 Healthcare Finance
HCA 4125 Healthcare Policy and Planning
HCA 4225 Healthcare Information Systems
HCA 4325 Healthcare Quality and Quality Improvement
HCA 4999 Seminar in Strategic Mgmt of HC Enterprise
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 16 hours
E. Total 124 hours

Minor in Healthcare Administration

To earn a minor in healthcare administration you must complete 24 hours including HCA 2125, HCA 3325, and 8 hours of other healthcare courses.

 

Course Descriptions

Accounting

ACC 2111 FOUNDATIONS OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
Four hours. To understand accounting for corporations. Gen Ed: Qn

ACC 2112 FOUNDATIONS OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
Four hours. Prerequisite: ACC 2111. Managerial accounting and analysis.

Business Administration

BUS 2217 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Concepts, principles, and functions of management applicable to all types of organizations; different managerial styles.

BUS 3160 MARKETING PRINCIPLES
Four hours. Prerequisite: ECO 2205 (Interdisciplinary majors/minors are eligible for prerequisite substitutions or waivers). Marketing principles, functions, organizations, methods, and problems involved in the exchange process known as marketing; a managerial perspective that revolves around the marketing concept and the marketing mix. Gen Ed: Ql

Economics

ECO 2205 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
Four hours. Consumer behavior and aggregation to markets, producer behavior, theory of the firm, and aggregation to markets analysis: production and pricing of goods, factors of production and their attendant input markets and distribution of output, elasticities and incidence of a tax.

Healthcare Administration

HCA 2125 HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
Four hours. This course provides a descriptive study of the organization of the U.S. healthcare system including its historical development, structure, and delivery systems. Emphasis is placed on the basic concepts and issues that are associated with the management and regulation of healthcare providers and the delivery of services across different types of healthcare organizations. Students study the role of the contemporary healthcare manager and focus on basic managerial skills and knowledge that contribute to effective healthcare administration.

HCA 3125 COMMUNITY HEALTH
Four hours. Prerequisite: HCA2125. A study of descriptive epidemiology and its application to the analysis of community health status. Emphasis is placed on the computation and interpretation of basic health status indicators as well as the application of disease prevention strategies and population management models for health promotion. The course presents concepts that enable students to apply epidemiological methods to a variety of aspects of health services administration.

HCA 3225 HEALTHCARE LAW AND ETHICS
Four hours. Prerequisite: HCA2125. This course introduces students to legal, regulatory, and ethical concepts related to healthcare management and the delivery of healthcare services. Topics include liability, risk management, patient-provider relations, fraud and abuse, antitrust, as well as other current legal and ethical issues.

 

HCA 3325 HEALTHCARE FINANCE
Four hours. Prerequisites: ACC2112 and HCA2125. Provides a hands-on approach to financial, budgetary, and accounting concepts, processes, and techniques relevant for healthcare managers. Introduces students to a variety of mechanisms for financing healthcare in the U.S. and emphasizes key financial management and control processes necessary for making successful financial decisions. Specific topics include service payment mechanisms, capital acquisition, organizational structures, and firm governance.

HCA 4125 HEALTHCARE POLICY AND PLANNING
Four hours. Prerequisite: HCA2125. A major overview of current U.S. health policies and their implications on health services administration. The course offers an in-depth study of the policymaking process and explores the relationship between health policymaking, health reform, and changes within the healthcare industry. Special emphasis is given to the nature and role of healthcare policy studies on management decision-making in health services administration.

HCA 4225 HEALTHCARE INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Four hours. Prerequisite: HCA 2125. This course provides an overview of healthcare information management systems. Students are introduced to different types of clinical and administrative information systems specific to the healthcare industry (e.g. computerized provider order entry, electronic health records). Students gain insight into the process of selecting, implementing, and evaluating healthcare information management systems and explore the importance of aligning information systems with the strategic plan of the organization.

HCA 4325 HEALTHCARE QUALITY AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: MAT2022 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor and HCA2125. This course provides students with an understanding of healthcare quality management and performance improvement. Quality improvement philosophies, methodologies, tools, and techniques are introduced. Special attention is given to quality assessment, risk management, utilization management, outcomes assessment, and benchmarking, which are mechanisms used by health administrators to evaluate and improve healthcare services and patient safety.

HCA 4960/4961 HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP
Four hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing; permission from the instructor; minimum 2.5 GPA. This course requires students to integrate and apply what they have learned in their coursework to real-world issues and to gain practical experience working within a healthcare organization (e.g. hospital, medical group, long-term care facility, insurance company, health department, etc.).

HCA 4999 SEMINAR IN STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF THE HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE
Four hours. Senior standing; all other coursework in the major, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. The capstone course of the Healthcare Administration major. The course integrates knowledge of all healthcare administration and business disciplines from other courses. Uses case studies and team-based projects to identify problems and formulate strategic policies that shape the future of the healthcare organization. The course emphasizes analysis, decision-making, and implementation of business strategies in a healthcare setting. Gen Ed: EC-C