Health Care Administration Program

The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (HCA) offers an accelerated program to individuals who have completed at least 20 semester credits in college, and either have achieved two years of work experience or have been out of high school for at least three years. The program allows working adults to complete a degree in less than two years (if general education credits are already earned) by attending classes one evening per week, several Friday evenings and Saturdays per semester, and some Monday evening courses for internship courses.

Two unique features of the program are the small class size and the cohort structure of the class. About 16-20 students comprise a class and its members will complete the program as a unit. This format offers the students an opportunity to study together, share ideas and experiences, and develop new personal and professional networks.

The HCA courses address management skills essential to the field of healthcare administration throughout the entire spectrum of healthcare organizations including, but not limited to, acute, clinic, community, and long-term systems of care. The capstone course is an internship based in a healthcare organization and is central to the program. The internship provides in-depth administrative experience, networking, and career development. Special fees and refund policies apply to this program.

Admission Requirements

To apply to the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (HCA) program, the following criteria must be met:

  • At least 20 semester credits transferred to Concordia from regionally accredited institutions
    • The HCA core must be taken in its entirety at Concordia
  • Have two years of related work experience or have been out of high school at least three years
  • Application, résumé, and official college transcripts submitted to Concordia's Office of Admission

Graduation Requirements

See Graduation Requirements for all Concordia University-Portland undergraduate degrees at http://catalog.cu-portland.edu/undergraduate/academic-information-policies-alphabetical/.

Mary Amick, M.A., Assistant Professor, mamick@cu-portland.edu

Barbara L. Archer, D.P.A., Professor Emeritus, barcher@cu-portland.edu

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.

HCA 321      LEADERSHIP AND BEHAVIOR IN HEALTHCARE      Credits: 3

This course explores the complex world of healthcare 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, managemnt skills, and personal interaction skills are examined from both theoretical and case study viewpoints.

HCA 331      HEALTHCARE REIMBURSEMENT      Credits: 3

This course examines the origin and evolution of the healthcare 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.

HCA 341      STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MARKETING      Credits: 3

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.

HCA 351      QUALITY ASSESSMENT AND IMPROVEMENT      Credits: 3

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 356      ISSUES IN LONG TERM CARE      Credit: 1

This course is an overview of the long term care system discussing aging demographics, definitions of levels of care, and the changing face of residents in long term care facilities. Legislation and programs related to legislation with direct impact on an aging society will also be discussed.
Corequisites: HCA 301, HCA 321, HCA 411, and HCA 431.

HCA 361      HEALTHCARE ECONOMICS      Credits: 3

This course is a general introduction to health care economics, focusing on the unique aspects of healthcare economics that differ from economics in general. Key topics covered include macro and micro economic principles, economic policy issues, and government involvement in health care economics.

HCA 364      BASIC HEALTHCARE ACCOUNTING      Credits: 3

This course is a general introduction to health care accounting focusing on the unique aspects of healthcare accounting within the overall scope of general accounting. Specific attention is given to basic accounting principles, the organization of accounts, financial statements, ratio and other critical computations, time value of money, and regulations affecting healthcare accounting.

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 multiples 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 healthcare 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 healthcare ethical issues.
Prerequisites: HCA 301 with a C or higher.

HCA 412      LAW AND ETHICS IN GERIATRICS      Credit: 1

This course explores the legal and ethical aspects of the delivery of health and social services to the elderly. It will emphasize the legal, ethical, and moral background for decision making in such areas as paternalism, competency, equal distribution of resources, and end-of-life issues.
Prerequisites: HCA 301 with a C or higher.

HCA 413      DATA ANALYTICS IN HEALTHCARE      Credits: 3

The future of healthcare 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 healthcare 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 healthcare management including the role of management in disease prevention, management of epidemics, emergency preparedness, and disaster response.

HCA 415      PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE      Credits: 3

As healthcare 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 healthcare improvement intiatives.

HCA 421      HEALTHCARE FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING      Credits: 3

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.

HCA 422      LEAN SIX SIGMA IN HEALTHCARE      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.

HCA 425      HEALTHCARE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

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

HCA 431      REGULATORY COMPLIANCE      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.

HCA 452      BEHAVIOR IN HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS      Credits: 3

This course examines organizations from a behavioral perspective and identifies management skills and activities that improve organizational behavior and activities including perceptions and attitudes, diversity, communication, motivation, conflict management, negotiation models, group/team dynamics, and change management.

HCA 457      MANAGERIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY      Credit: 1

This course explores the relationship of public health and the management of disease in populations from the perspective of healthcare management including the role of management in disease prevention, management of epidemics, emergency preparedness, and disaster response.
Prerequisites: HCA 370, HCA 351, HCA 422, and HCA 425 with a C or higher
Corequisites: HCA 452, HCA 341, HCA 475, and HCA 491.

HCA 475      INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH INFORMATICS      Credits: 3

This course examines the development and management of healthcare information systems as they relate to patient care needs and healthcare policy requirements. The focus of the course is on current healthcare information systems and the development of healthcare information systems in the future. Financing, patient care, quality, and organizational management of healthcare information systems are discussed and analyzed.

HCA 481      ISSUES IN WORKING WITH THE ELDERLY      Credits: 3

This course provides a basic understanding of biopsychosocial issues prevalent when working with older adults, as well as related policy concerns. The promotion of healthy aging in the community and in institutional settings is explored.
Prerequisites: HCA 301 with a C or higher.

HCA 482      SYSTEMS LONG-TERM CARE      Credit: 1

This course explores the multi-disciplinary nature of long-term care and its blend of health and human services. This continuum of care will be discussed from management and systems perspectives in order to provide guidelines for administration.
Prerequisites: HCA 301 with a C or higher.

HCA 491      HEALTHCARE INTERNSHIP      Credits: 1-9

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.

HCA 511      HEALTH CARE ETHICS AND LAW      Credits: 3

This course addresses the legal and ethical aspects of health care delivery. It emphasizes the legal and ethical background for responsible decision making.

HCA 512      LAW AND ETHICS IN GERIATRICS      Credit: 1

This course explores the legal and ethical aspects of the delivery of health and social services to the elderly. It will emphasize the legal, ethical, and moral background for decision making in such areas as paternalism, competency, equal distribution of resources, and end-of-life issues.

HCA 521      LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS      Credits: 3

This course explores the complex world of healthcare 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, managemnt skills, and personal interaction skills are examined from both theoretical and case study viewpoints.

HCA 522      HEALTHCARE FINANCE      Credits: 3

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.

HCA 531      HEALTH CARE POLICY AND REGULATION      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.

HCA 532      HEALTHCARE REIMBURSEMENT      Credits: 3

This course examines the origin and evolution of the healthcare 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.

HCA 541      STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MARKETING      Credits: 3

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.

HCA 551      SEMINAR      Credit: 1

Current advanced health care topics in a workshop format. Topics will be announced by program director.

HCA 552      QUALITY ASSESSMENT AND IMPROVEMENT      Credits: 3

This course examines strategies for assessing and assuring quality of care in the U.S. health care system, including an emphasis on methods of examining the structure, processes, and outcomes of health care.

HCA 570      MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES      Credits: 3

This course demonstrates the direct relationship between the effective use of human resources and organizational success. It studies resource development from the standpoint of recruiting, selection, training, motivation, and other significant areas of management responsibility.

HCA 581      ISSUES IN WORKING WITH THE ELDERLY      Credits: 3

This course provides a basic understanding of biopsychosocial issues prevalent when working with older adults, as well as related policy concerns. The promotion of healthy aging in the community and in institutional settings is explored.

HCA 582      SYSTEMS IN LONG TERM CARE      Credit: 1

This course explores the multi-disciplinary nature of long-term care and its blend of health and human services. This continuum of care will be discussed from a management and systems perspectives in order to provide guidelines for administration.