Healthcare Administration

The healthcare administration major prepares students for professional administration position in all areas of healthcare and healthcare services. Positions in healthcare facilities could include physicians' offices and practices, chiropractic clinics, hospital administration, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities. The demand for healthcare professionals and administrators is expected to grow for the foreseeable future. The coursework required for this major provides the students with a well-rounded background in business with a concentration in health services issues including regulation, law, compliance, informatics, and financial issues. Healthcare administration majors are required to complete an internship or practicum experience. A long-term care internship is available for those students pursuing a long-term care license.

See the Graduate section of this Catalog for more information on Graduate programs offered at Mount Mercy.

Core Requirements for all Business Majors 

BA 203Principles Of Law3
BA 250Technology & Communication In Business3
BA 270Business Statistics3
BA 379Financial Management3
BA 435Senior Sem - Business3
or BA 436 Applied Business Strategy
BC 265Principles Of Accounting I3
BC 266Principles Of Accounting II3
BN 204Principles Of Management3
BK 208Principles Of Marketing3
EC 251Macroeconomics Principles3
EC 252Microeconomic Principles3
Select one of the following: 3
Finite Mathematics
Basic Mathematical Modeling
Pre-Calculus
Mathematics Modeling
Business Calculus
Calculus I (Required for Actuarial Science Majors)
Total Hours36

Healthcare Administration Major (Core business requirements plus 27 additional semester hours):

BN 304Human Resource Management3
BA 305Employment Law and Labor Relations3
HS 200Organization of Health Care Services3
HS 201Quality Patient/Resident Care3
HS 320Healthcare Law, Regulations and Compliance3
HS 415Health Care Informatics3
HS 430Financial Issues in Healthcare Organizations3
HS 450Internship in Health Services (3 semester hours required)6
Select one of the following: 3
Politics and Public Policy
Politics Public Administration
Politics and Economic Policy in the United States
Total Hours30

Academic Requirements for the Healthcare Administration Major

All healthcare administration majors must achieve a minimum grade of C- in all major courses. This applies to equivalent courses transferred from other institutions.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Writing Compentency4Domain Course3
Speech Compentency3Elective Course3
Domain Course (BA 240 suggested)3BA 1011
Mercy Portal Course3Domain Course3
 Domain Course3
 Elective Course3
 13 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
BN 2043BA 2703
BA 2033BC 2663
BC 2653BK 2083
Math Requirement of MA 130, MA 132, MA 139, MA 142, MA 160 or MA 164. Select one.3-4BN 3043
Domain Course3Domain Course3
 15-16 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
HS 2003EC 2523
HS 2013Domain Course3
BA 3793Domain Course3
BA 3053HS 3203
EC 2513HS 4303
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
HS 4153BA 4353
BA 2503ME 4501
PO 326, PO 342 or PO 3533HS 4506
Elective Course3Elective Course3-4
Elective Course3-4Elective Course3-4
 15-16 16-18
Total Hours: 120-124

Courses

HS 200 Organization of Health Care Services: 3 semester hours

Relates organizational principles to the operation of health care facilities, including personnel management, communication structures, and governance with emphasis on leadership and motivation.

HS 201 Quality Patient/Resident Care: 3 semester hours

Relates physical, psychological and sociological needs of residents/patients to services provided by health care facilities and the role of leadership. Prerequisites: PS 101, SO 122, PL 169 and HS 200.

HS 203 Health Administration Practicum: 3 semester hours

This course provides application of concepts and practical experience in an appropriate health care setting. Skills required: Interpersonal communication, business writing, general writing, understanding of research methods, ability to think critically, ability to translate theory into practice, ability to evaluate and predict outcomes, analytical thinking. Prerequisite: Completion of HS 200 Organization of Health Care Services, HS 201 Quality Patient/ Resident Care, HS 320 Health Services Regulations and HS 420 Health Services Financial Management preferred.

HS 320 Healthcare Law, Regulations and Compliance: 3 semester hours

This course provides an overview of federal, state and other regulatory agencies' policies for health care facilities. Areas covered include: labor issues, liability, licensure requirements, environmental management, policy and procedure writing. Agencies covered will include: JCAHO, NCQA, Medicaid and Medicare. Prerequisites: completion of HS 200 with a minimum grade of C, BA 203, and PL 169.

HS 415 Health Care Informatics: 3 semester hours

In preperation for healthcare leadership in rapidly changing, complex health care delivery systems, students will examine clinical informatics models, electronic-based patient records, health information technology standards (HIT), health information exchange (HIE), clinical decision support systems, and evaluation of technology that influences healthcare delivery models, practices, and patient outcomes.

HS 430 Financial Issues in Healthcare Organizations: 3 semester hours

This course focuses on the unique financial issues and problems in a not-for-profit health care setting. Students will understand the impact of government in the financing of health care and health care facilities. General financial and economic principles will be viewed in light in this type of environment. Prerequisites:BS 379, BC 265 and BC 266.

HS 441 Independent Study: Health Services: 1 semester hour

Independent Study in Health Services.

HS 442 Independent Study: Health Services: 2 semester hours

Independent Study in Health Services.

HS 443 Independent Study: Health Services: 3 semester hours

Independent Study in Health Services.

HS 450 Internship in Health Services: 6 semester hours

The internship will take place in various health care settings. Students will work directly with the professionals who are most knowledgeable about the specific interest area of the student. Required long term care internships may be accomodated by this internship.