Health Care Administration

The health care administration major prepares students for professional administration positions in all areas of health care and health care services. Positions in health care facilities may include physicians' offices and practices, chiropractic clinics, hospital administration, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities. The demand for health care 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. health care administration majors are required to complete an internship or practicum experience. A long-term care internship and two gerontology courses are 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.

Business Core Requirements 

BA 203Principles Of Law3
BA 250Technology & Communication In Business3
BA 270Business Statistics3
BA 379Financial Management3
BA 435Senior Seminar in Business3
or BA 436 Business Strategy Seminar
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
Mathematics Modeling
Business Calculus
Calculus I (Required for Actuarial Science Majors)
Total Hours36

Health Care 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 320Health Care Law, Regulations and Compliance3
HS 415Health Care Informatics3
HS 430Financial Issues in Health Care Organizations3
Internship:3 - 6
Internship in Health Care
Select one of the following: 3
Politics and Public Policy
Politics Public Administration
Politics and Economic Policy in the United States
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Medical Sociology
Aging In America
Family Child Welfare
Basic Helping Skills
Total Hours27-30

Academic Requirements for the Health Care Administration Major

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


HS 109 Health Care Dilemmas: 3 semester hours

The purpose of this course is to heighten the student's awareness of current health care dilemmas confronting our society and to provide students a framework within which to analyze these dilemmas utilizing ethical theories, principles and rules. Using the case study approach, this course explores the ethical aspects of health care dilemmas that arise from a variety of issues including modern medical technology, health care costs, health care literacy, and access to health care.

HS 200 Organization of Health Care Services: 3 semester hours

This course 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

This course 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 269 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, and HS 320 Health Services Regulations preferred.

HS 205 Essentials and Practice in Health Care Navigation: 3 semester hours

This course explores the current topics and issues in health care navigation. Study will include health literacy, population health, health insurance, as well as current health care delivery models and trending non-clinical careers in health care. Prerequisite: HS 200.

HS 300 Principles of Leadership for Health Care Navigation and Administration: 3 semester hours

Health Care management deals with processes while health care leadership is about influence. This course is designed to explore leadership concepts styles, skills, values, and practice that are essential to administrators and advocates as they become leaders in health care professions today. Prerequisite: HS 200 and HS 201.

HS 305 Spiritual and Cultural Perspectives in Health Care Management: 3 semester hours

This course relates the integral components of religion and culture in health care choices, treatments, and decision-making relative to the patient experience. Human resource management issues, health policy considerations, and inclusivity in organizational mission are areas of study in this course for students who will be in leadership roles in health care environments. Prequisite: HS 200 & HS 201.

HS 309 Analysis and Application of Health Insurance: 3 semester hours

This course provides advanced study of health insurance principles and terminology as well as types of insurance such as Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, Exchanges, and others. Students gain navigation skills as they explore coverage decisions, worker's compensation, filing claims, and administrative activities. Prerequisite: HS 200 & HS 201.

HS 320 Health Care 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 269.

HS 415 Health Care Informatics: 3 semester hours

In preparation for health care 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 health care delivery models, practices, and patient outcomes.

HS 430 Financial Issues in Health Care 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: BA 379, BC 265 and BC 266.

HS 441 Independent Study: Health Care: 1 semester hour

Independent Study in Health Care.

HS 442 Independent Study: Health Care: 2 semester hours

Independent Study in Health Care.

HS 443 Independent Study: Health Care: 3 semester hours

Independent Study in Health Care.

HS 450 Internship in Health Care: 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 accommodated by this internship.