Health Care Administration (HCA)

HCA 301      THE NATION'S HEALTH      Credits: 3

This course is a broad survey of the U.S. health care system-the 30,000 foot view. The course explores the organization and operations of the U.S. health care system from various perspectives including systems, policy, operations, and critical issues. Specific attention is given to system organization, finances and cost, quality, management, and access.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.


This course explores the complex world of health care management and leadership from the perspective of day-to-day operations in multifaceted health care organizations during a time of restructuring and reform. This course looks at management and leadership as a continually evolving art and science and provides a broad overview of the general principles of management and leadership. Management functions, management skills, and personal interaction skills are examined from both theoretical and case study viewpoints.

HCA 331      HEALTH CARE REIMBURSEMENT      Credits: 3

This course examines the origin and evolution of the health care reimbursement system including managed care and emerging reimbursement models such as value-based purchasing. Content includes the overall managed care system, structural models, and newly emerging models such as ACOs and CCOs. Other topics addressed include administrative and governance activities, reimbursement methodologies, government regulation, and accreditation requirements.


This course involves students in the organizational planning process and then applies the organizational planning process to the marketing process within the organization. Both the organizational and marketing planning cycles will be identified and the steps in developing and implementing strategic plans at both levels will the examined.


This course is an overview of quality systems and quality management processes as applied in the health care environment. The course reviews the evolution of quality systems in health care including key quality movements, examines the quality improvement process. Also discussed are organizational applications of quality methods and the relationship of quality and quality management to cost and value.

HCA 370      WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

This course explores health care human resource principles, structure, and laws from the perspective of day-to-day operations in complex, multifaceted health care organizations. Effective HR management requires an understanding of multiple disciplines, functions, and viewpoints including, but not limited to, communication, operating systems, human behavior, and human motivation.

HCA 411      HEALTH CARE LAW AND ETHICS      Credits: 3

This course discusses, explains, and uses ethical concepts and identifies how to work within an ethical framework in health care organizations in both business and clinical areas including using definitions and ethical constructs. The course identifies the requirements for applied business ethics, and clinical ethics decision making related to contemporary health care ethical issues.
Prerequisites: HCA 301 with a C or higher.

HCA 413      DATA ANALYTICS IN HEALTH CARE      Credits: 3

The future of health care requires the analysis of data to drive care and process improvement initiatives within an organization. This course will explore data collection, data retrieval, and data analysis as the foundation for data-informed decision making throughout the health care industry.

HCA 414      POPULATION HEALTH      Credits: 3

This course explores the relationship of public health and the management of disease in populations from the perspective of health care management including the role of management in disease prevention, management of epidemics, emergency preparedness, and disaster response.


As health care continues to grow, the focus on cost containment and quality improvement drives the need for project management at every level. This course will explore the current models in project management and the application of these models to health care improvement initiatives.


This course explores the basic foundations of health care finance and gives the student a basic understanding of health care finance as it relates to health care management. The focus of the course is on financial information analysis, interpretation, and decision making in order to develop financial strategies for the present and the future.
Prerequisites: MTH 100 with a C or higher.

HCA 422      LEAN SIX SIGMA IN HEALTH CARE      Credits: 3

This course examines the use of LEAN Six Sigma in health care organizations including the application of LEAN Six Sigma analysis and tools to strategic management of the organization, systems improvement, planning, and financial management.


This course focuses on managing critical projects and systems in health care organizations. Special attention is given to project management, systems analysis, planning and developing projects, and materials management/supply chain management.

HCA 431      HEALTH CARE POLICY      Credits: 3

This course explores the origin of government and policy making in the United States and then applies that knowledge to the development of health policy over time and current and future trends in health policy. The course also explores the theoretical framework of health policy issues.
Prerequisites: HCA 301 with a C or higher.

HCA 450      PARISH NURSING      Credit: 1

This course examines components necessary for developing an effective parish nursing practice. It is designed to provide experienced RNs with an overview of practice issues and approaches to individuals and groups within a faith community. Strategies for management and promotion of wellness emphasize the interrelationship of spiritual, emotional, and physical health.


Examines the development, management, and relationships of health informatics and supporting systems applied to patient care, quality, health care policy, and population health management. Focuses on current and future health informatics trends, and the innovations driving new tools and systems. Analyzes relevant health care organizational roles for financing, technical support, and management of health informatics systems and technology.


This course is the final and capstone course in which the student synthesizes concepts learned throughout the program in a 120-hour administrative-focused project within a health care facility guided by a management-level mentor within the facility.
Prerequisites: Senior status.