Become a part of one of the largest industries in the United States and around the world in the ever-growing field of healthcare.
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What does it mean to be a healthcare administrator?
Healthcare administrators and managers direct and implement plans for services in the medical and healthcare environment. They may even manage entire medical practices, smaller clinics, or specialized departments within those facilities.
The world of healthcare is always changing and updating its technology according to new healthcare laws and regulations. As a healthcare administrator, you will be challenged to adapt and thrive with the new changes that the medical field sees regularly.
You must be able to work with clear leadership skills and an organized, focused mind to help your facility, and yourself, achieve excellence in the healthcare administration and management setting.
The medical staff will look to healthcare administrators to keep them up to date with any new medical and healthcare laws and regulations, patient records, department procedure, policy compliance, and everything in between.
If you believe you have what it takes, fill out the form on the right and we will help you take the next step toward earning your degree.
If you are looking to lead healthcare and medical facilities into the future through evolving technology and regulations, the online healthcare administration degree program at CSU-Global is for you.
The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Management degree program is intended to prepare you for this rewarding industry by providing you with a strong foundation in business, marketing, human resources, communication, and decision making.
Throughout the program, you will develop the skills you need for applying the knowledge of quality healthcare systems, risk management, medical laws, regulations, and ethics to your career as a proficient healthcare administrator.
The Dual Enrollment Option allows highly qualified, well-prepared students like you, in the bachelors in Healthcare Administration and Management program an opportunity for early admission into the Master of Healthcare Administration and Management program. There you will be able to complete three graduate-level courses in place of three specific undergraduate core courses and apply the resulting 9 credits to both your bachelor’s and master’s degree programs through institutional transfer. You are required to meet all undergraduate degree requirements (including completion of your Capstone) in order for your bachelor’s degree to be conferred.
The following course substitutions will apply to the bachelors in Healthcare Administration and Management core requirements for students who are accepted for the Dual Enrollment Option:
Health Law and Ethics
Health Law and Ethics
Quality and Risk
Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare
Healthcare Information Systems
Healthcare Information Systems
The graduate-level courses will be charged at the graduate tuition rate at the time of enrollment. You should apply for the Dual Enrollment Option prior to your first core course substitution, and you must maintain the minimum academic standards listed below:
The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Management builds foundational core-competency business skills in management and supervision, marketing, human resources, communication, decision-making, strategic planning, operations, and finance. Additionally, students gain an increased understanding and knowledge of systems relating to quality assurance, risk management, managed care, insurance, healthcare laws and regulations, ethics, population health, and other information and practices important to managing in a demanding healthcare environment.
Puerto Rico residents (only): This program does not fulfill the state’s requirement needed to work as a Healthcare Administrator in Puerto Rico.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared to the all-occupation average growth of 11%, the healthcare administration and management field is projected to grow 23% by 2022. That's a strong rate of growth, so if you are interested in the field, now is the time to prepare.
If you enjoy working in a fast-paced, healthcare-centered environment, our online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Management program will help you gain an advantage over your future competitors for the best jobs available.
You may be successful in this field if you can:
We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. Healthcare Policies and Systems and Managing Healthcare in the 21st Century are two of the awards you can receive as part of our healthcare administration program.
CSU-Global’s accredited online bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and management is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge of the healthcare field. The program consists of 15 three-credit core courses as part of a full 120-credit bachelor’s degree. Maximize your transfer credits and take advantage of our alternative credit options to finish faster and for less!
The opportunities for students, in this first course, for all majors are to learn personal and professional leadership styles and drivers by providing an overview of leadership basics. Leadership skills are utilized across fields of study. Regardless of the roles individuals assume in an organization, they will need to communicate effectively, influence others, and understand the way they respond to others and why. The course engages students in discussion, exploration, and application of leadership skills, principles, and practices. Students will learn about the relationships and connections leaders have with individuals and organizations. Topics include leadership communication, motivation, style, and characteristics. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.
In this course, students are provided an overview of the financial environment in which healthcare organizations operate and introduced to fundamental concepts of finance and accounting in the healthcare industry. Students will examine key healthcare finance concepts, basic managerial and accounting principles, the budget process, and tools used for financial analysis. Attention is also given the government financing of health services via the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Assignments and discussions provide opportunities to examine and apply techniques related to cost accounting with emphasis on cost control strategies.
In this course, students are introduced to an overview of the U.S. healthcare system. The historical background of the shift from an acute care hospital-based system to a chronic/preventive care ambulatory focus and influence of current trends such as the Affordable Care Act and the aging population are presented. Students will examine differences between non-profit and for-profit healthcare organizations, and how quality, safety, and competition within the healthcare industry impact patient care. Assignments and discussions provide opportunities to compare and contrast the U.S. healthcare system to other nations’ healthcare systems.
This course will focus on the historical context of health care delivery and policy-making procedures. Students will focus on the political, economical, and social aspects of health care policy impacting both providers and patients. Further discussion will provide insight into the complexity of health care policy reformation, how the policy-making process works, and how moral and ethical decision-making at the policy level influence health care providers within the institutional settings. Public health awareness and preparedness will also be discussed as related to influencing political officials to formalize policy-making efforts through legislative reform.
This course will offer the student a basic overview regarding healthcare law in the United States and introduce students to the moral and ethical issues that healthcare providers are confronted with daily. It will provide a systemic analysis of healthcare provider services and moral, ethical, and legal issues that may involve healthcare professionals, patients, hospitals, clinics, and other organizations. Students will review legal, moral, and ethical constructs shaping today’s healthcare environment, analyze the different types of reasoning in the decision-making process, and utilize various concepts to make identifiable analysis of healthcare challenges and issues. Readings and discussions will include the current standards surrounding the legal and ethical parameters impacting patients and healthcare workers. Topics include: informed consent, patient confidentiality laws, elder care and abuse, end-of-life-planning, standard of care, and malpractice.
This course provides the student with an overview of healthcare risk management pertaining to the role of the risk manager within the healthcare setting, focusing on real-life issues addressed by risk managers, and exploring the liability issues that may be associated with perceived risks both occupationally and patient-related. Further reading and discussion will include examining risk and risk management outside the hospital setting regarding behavioral health, ancillary services, assisted living, and general emergency services. Students will also examine the issues surrounding privacy and compliance issues of medical records and record keeping, handling sentinel events, and the overall effectiveness of healthcare regulations pertaining to risk management.
In this course, students receive practical knowledge about and apply economic theories and principles to understanding healthcare economic issues and problems related to the amount, organization, and distribution of healthcare resources in the United States. Students will learn and apply economic principles such as supply and demand, economic theories, resources allocation, competitive markets, market evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness analysis related to making choices about and understanding the consequences of resource scarcity in the healthcare industry. Students will discuss issues and controversies surrounding the federal and state governments’ roles in financing and regulating health services.
Managed care and health insurance covers healthcare issues surrounding management, insurances, and managed healthcare plans and discusses the new regulations from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Students will learn about the basic foundations concerning insurance benefit plans for Medicare and Medicaid. The course will also cover fundamental ideas concerning cost-containment measures and quality of healthcare being delivered, focusing on a US-based approach to healthcare insurance plans for HMOs and other integrated insurance delivery systems.
Introduction to the development and management of an organization's human resources, with emphasis on planning for the screening, selection, orientation and training of employees. Additional topics include performance appraisal, compensation, benefits, equal employment opportunity, incentives and rewards. This course is a replacement course for MGT440 as of the 2013-2014 Spring-A term. Students cannot receive credit for both these courses. This class will be offered beginning Winter 2017.
The course explores fundamental concepts of supervision and management theories as applied to healthcare. Major topics include: management challenges, organizational design, program planning, supervisory relations, and teams in organizations. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding and addressing the major issues and problems confronting first-level healthcare supervisors. Assignments and discussions provide opportunities to examine the organizational structure of healthcare organizations and administrative processes such as planning, problem solving, and decision making.
This course will introduce the student to healthcare management within a hospital or clinical setting. Students will gain an understanding of how to manage in the healthcare setting through planning, directing, and leadership responsibilities. Students will also learn about the importance of financing in achieving healthcare goals. Discussions will include managing hospital staffing, managing financial obligations in the present leadership roles in healthcare, integrating the higher level of patient care based on the current ACA standards, and understanding how older models of management and leadership practices can be blended into contemporary practices within today’s healthcare industry. Students will also gain knowledge of moral and ethical implications impacting operational management decision-making practices.
The course introduces students to the multiple determinants of health including medical care, socioeconomic status, the physical environment and individual behavior, and their interactions. Major topics include: development of the public health system, epidemiological models, health-risk factors, disease trends, and risk-reduction programs and strategies. Special emphasis will be placed on developing basic skills relevant to community assessment and health promotion strategies. Assignments and discussions provide opportunities to apply epidemiological analysis techniques with an emphasis on assessment of cost and benefits of population-based interventions. Recommended Prior Course: ORG300
This course will allow students to explore the concepts of information management systems and clinical and administrative applications used in providing medical care to the targeted population. Topics include the examination of the processes used in the selection, application, and evaluation of information technology assets. Methods and processes to make informed business decisions related to the application and use of technology will provide an understanding of technology and its impact within healthcare management. Students will understand the opportunities and challenges in implementing robust and effective information management systems in a healthcare setting.
This course will provide the student with an overview of marketing and strategic planning concepts and processes in the healthcare industry. Through readings and discussions, students will have the opportunity to examine the traits, trends, and needs of today's healthcare consumer, with special emphasis on consumer decision-making. Historical perspectives are discussed in tandem with current and future challenges. The course explores the formulation of strategy and development of marketing plans designed to address patient care from clinical, service quality, and the consumer perspective. Through the use of case studies, students will have the opportunity to analyze and assess tactics employed to improve organizational objectives. Recommended Prior Courses: HCM310 and HCM410 (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
This course explores contemporary issues within the healthcare operating environment that impact the strategic management of healthcare organizations. As the capstone course for the program, it synthesizes concepts from all previous courses with special emphasis on economic and financial analysis, the legal and regulatory environment, ethical considerations, organizational theory and leadership, and quality improvement. The course will employ case studies that allow the student to explore various concepts and apply techniques in a holistic manner to develop innovative solutions for challenging problems in the industry. Recommended Prior Courses: HCM460, ORG300
The practicum provides students with practical experience in organizations specific to their fields. Each student will work under the direct supervision of a senior-level professional at an approved organization or company. The purpose of the practicum is for students to apply and integrate what they have learned during the core courses of their programs. Each student will be enrolled in an online course and will be required to participate in coursework that will allow them to demonstrate what has been learned through the practicum experience. The emphasis of the practicum will be on the student assuming a professional role within the organization. Students will complete their practica over a period of eight weeks during one CSU-Global course. A minimum of 80 hours of practicum fieldwork must be completed during the course.
* HCM495 is an optional course that will provide students with practical experience in management organizations. This course may not be available in all state;, see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.
You can customize your online degree in healthcare administration and management by adding a specialization. Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of five upper-division courses (15 credit hours) in a more specific area of interest. A specialization is not required to complete a bachelor’s degree, but it is an ideal way to tailor your educational experience to your professional goals and personal interests.
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The Data Management and Analysis program is designed for students interested in careers related to information systems and networking. Professionals interested in the information technology field who desire in-depth knowledge of how to manage enterprise data should consider this program.Learn More
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Students interested in careers within the public and non-profit sectors should consider pursuing a specialization or certificate of completion in Public and Non-Profit Management. This program provides students with management and decision-making abilities necessary within these organizations.Learn More
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