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The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BSHCA) is an undergraduate professional degree designed to prepare students for entry-level supervisory and mid-level management roles in health care organizations. Ideal candidates for the BSHCA program are those students looking for career entry in health care administration and those looking to advance from clinical/technical roles to supervisory roles. The BSHCA program also prepares students who wish to eventually seek their master's degree in order to obtain senior health care management and executive positions.
This health care administration degree emphasizes both the conceptual and analytical skills required to manage in contemporary health care organizations. Graduates may be prepared for administrative positions in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities, physician offices, mental health organizations, insurance companies, public health agencies, government health departments and other types of health organizations.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration degree features investigative and experiential opportunities in project management, teamwork and leadership. Students will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the organization and structure of the health care sector. The implementation of successful management strategies within the industry along with the managerial skills needed to work in teams, lead teams, build cross-functional teams and facilitate collaborative decision making are also topics of focus.
Students will learn about industry-specific business knowledge and skills related to finance management, human resources, strategic planning, marketing, information management and quality improvement. Other topics include the impact that various dynamics have on health service organizations; the manner in which public, private and social forces can shape the health care system; and financial options, including third party payers and strategies within and between sectors of the health care industry.
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
|Competency||Requirements||GCU Course Options||Total Credits|
|University Foundations||Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community. Students with fewer than 24 credits will fulfill the University Foundations requirement with a specified lower-division course. An upper-division selection will be made available to students that enter the university with more than 24 credits.||UNV-103/303, University Success: 4 credits
UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4 credits
|Effective Communication||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.||UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
|Christian Worldview||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/301.||CWV-101/301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits||4 credits|
|Critical Thinking||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.||PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4 credits
MAT-134, Applications of Algebra: 4 credits
BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4 credits
|Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.).||HIS-221, Themes in U. S. History: 4 credits
PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits
If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|HLT-205||Health Care Systems and Transcultural Health Care||This course introduces the student to organizational dynamics and the complex structures of the U.S. health care system. Students consider social, historical, and political influences that have shaped the modern health system and examine the mechanisms that enable access, delivery, and financing of health services. This course also considers the ever-growing global perspective of health care as students explore the health perspectives of varied racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic groups.||4|
|HCA-255||Health Policy and Economic Analysis Care||This course offers a broad overview of health care policy and the impact of government legislation on health care delivery. Students explore ways that economic forces, political trends, and changing social priorities influence policy development that directly impacts health care access, cost, and quality. Prerequisite: HLT-205.||4|
|HCA-240||Health Care Accounting and Billing||This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of finance, accounting, and budgeting within the context of the health care industry. Students examine the various business units, roles, and structures involved in health care planning, budgeting, and accounting. Financial measurements and data analytics for managing costs and productivity are also explored. Prerequisites: HLT-205 and HCA-255.||4|
|HLT-305||Legal and Ethical Principles in Health Care||This course introduces students to major ethical theories, principles, and decision-making models that form the basis for resolution of ethical dilemmas in the health care field. Guidelines for legal and ethical practice are also examined from the context of regulatory requirements established by accrediting and certifying agencies.||4|
|HLT-302||Spirituality and Christian Values in Health Care and Wellness||This course explores the concepts of health, wellness, and spirituality from the Christian perspective and as they relate to the holistic needs of patients, providers, and health care communities. Students reflect upon the concepts of healing and the caregiver's role in meeting the spiritual needs of diverse populations while seeking to advance health and wellness within the context of a healing paradigm.||4|
|HCA-360||Health Information Technology and Management||This course provides information and skills the health care administrator will require to integrate information technology and systems within the health care environment. Students examine basic components and functions of health care management information systems (HMIS) that work to manage data and resources which influence point-of-care decision-making by providers. Issues surrounding privacy, security, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care operations are also explored.||4|
|HCA-450||Quality in Health Care||This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve quality outcomes in patient care. Through analysis and interpretation of quality and performance data, students develop strategies for quality improvement. Emphasis is placed on performance management tools, patient safety protocols, and process controls to ensure both quality and efficiency.||4|
|HCA-455||Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Care||This course introduces students to behavioral science concepts, as they apply to organizational structure, process and function. Students explore the manager‛s role in relation to motivating teams and developing strategies for improving operational workflow and efficiencies. Effective communication, collaboration, negotiation, conflict resolution and decision-making are emphasized. Prerequisites: HLT 205 and HLT 305.||4|
|HCA-460||Operations and Risk Management in Health Care||This course introduces students to the roles of local, state, and federal regulatory agencies and accrediting bodies; the enforcement of federal guidelines, standards, and regulations; and the issues and demands of the regulatory environment that affect health care in the United States. Students explore the legal responsibility of providers and agencies to provide a safe environment while delivering health care services. Prerequisite: HCA-450.||4|
|HCA-465||Health Care Administration and Management||This course introduces students to the management of human resources, with particular focus on resource decision making in health care environments. Students explore job market analysis, talent recruitment, training, and development as well as revenue recovery efforts through retention initiatives, diversity training, and technology readiness. Students demonstrate health care management skills by utilizing tools used to manage staffing and work productivity. Prerequisite: HCA-460.||4|
|MAT-274||Probability and Statistics||This course provides an introduction to the study of basic probability, descriptive and inferential statistics, and decision making. Emphasis is placed on measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation, regression, discrete and continuous probability distributions, quality control population parameter estimation, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MAT-134 or 1 year of high school algebra with a grade of C or better.||4|
|HLT-364||Research and Communication Techniques in Health Care and Science||This writing-intensive course discusses the principles and processes of research and common communication techniques utilized in health care and science. This course allows students to begin the research and preliminary background process necessary to complete the (evidence-based) capstone project. Students conduct a literature review, investigate appropriate research design, explore data collection techniques, apply statistical analysis, and practice professional writing skills. Prerequisite: BIO-365.||4|
|HCA-470||Strategic Planning and Implementation in Health Care||This writing-intensive course introduces students to key business functions that drive strategic planning. Models for developing, implementing, and evaluating effective programs across varied health care settings are explored along with the principles of merger, acquisition, reorganization, and joint venture. Students apply tools utilized in strategic management of health care programs such as balanced score cards, LEAN, and Six Sigma. Prerequisite: HLT-364.||4|
|HLT-494||Professional Capstone Project||This writing-intensive course facilitates a professional capstone project that is the culmination of the learning experiences of students in the Health Care Administration program. Students are required to prepare a written proposal for their chosen evidence-based project which focuses on the resolution of issues or problems significant to health care administration. Principles of merger, acquisition, reorganization, and joint venture are explored from a strategic management framework. Capstone projects are intended to be presented to a senior-level administrator at a current or potential place of employment. Prerequisite: HCA-470.||4|
|Required Course Total Credit:||56|
|General Education Requirements:||34 - 40 credits|
|Open Elective Credits:||24 - 30 credits|
|Total Degree Requirements:||120 credits|
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
Enjoy Grand Canyon University's traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.
The dynamic capabilities of GCUâ€™s online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.
The convenience of GCUâ€™s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.