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Health Services Administration (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration (HLSA) is a major for students interested in the management, business and policy aspects of health care. The program is designed to develop in students the knowledge, skills and values required for the wide range of positions available in this important field.

General Information

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration offers preparation for entry level positions in the business and management side of the expanding health care industry, as well as preparation for graduate study. The program integrates courses from the fields of health sciences and business administration, and is designed to develop in students the knowledge, skills and values required for the wide range of positions available in this important field.

The program is flexible to meet the demands of a wide variety of student types and career goals. Besides providing the tools necessary for people wishing to enter the field, the program offers an excellent opportunity for those already in the health care field, whether clinical or non-clinical, to leverage their experiences into management positions. Additionally, the program provides a foundation for graduate study in health administration, public health, business, and other related fields.

The program’s focus is upon the relationship between theory and practice through the identification and resolution of problems unique to health care. Practical experiences, including the optional Applied Learning Experience course, allow students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to the field of practice.

Graduates of the Health Services Administration program have found employment in a large number of health care areas, including but not limited to hospitals (i.e., nursing, finance, personnel, public relations, and patient relations), long term care facilities (nursing homes & assisted living), clinical administrators/ practice managers (physician and other professional offices), community and public health and other non-profit health care related agencies, hospice organizations, managed care and insurance companies, pharmaceutical sales, health care marketing and home health agencies.

The program currently offers concentrations in:

Practice/Clinical Management, which prepares students to manage the organization and operation of the business aspects of a health care provider’s office (including those of physicians, dentists, hospitals, clinics, and others);

Long Term Care Administration, which prepares students for employment opportunities in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, group homes and hospices;

Sports and Fitness Management, which prepares students for a variety of entry and mid-level management positions within the broad field of health and fitness (such as sports promotion, corporate wellness, personal training, health promotion, and sports club management.) It also serves as a foundation for students wishing to pursue graduate work in fields such as sports medicine, exercise physiology, physical and occupational therapy, and athletic training.

General Requirements and Procedures for Admission to the HLSA Program

  1. Be accepted to Middle Georgia State University
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or better
  3. Complete a Health Services Administration program application
  4. Complete two courses in the major; HLSA 3100 (Leadership in Health Care) and HLSA 3310 (American Health Care System) with a grade of at least a "C"

An associate degree is not required for admission to the program. Students who have NOT completed an Associate Degree Program must complete a minimum of 30 hours of major electives, including a minimum of 15 hours of upper division HLSA coursework to equal 120 hours total.

Students who HAVE completed an Associate Degree in an Allied Health Career Program, and after review by the HLSA Program Director and Department Chair, must complete a minimum 9 hours of electives in order to complete 39 hours of upper division coursework and equal 120 hours minimum total.

Curriculum for Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration

The Health Services Administration degree requires 60 credit hours beyond the associate degree or its equivalent. A grade of at least a “C” is required in all 3000-4000 level HLSA courses used to meet the Health Services Administration degree requirements.

Core Curriculum (Credit: 42 hours)

Area A: Essential Skills (Credit: 9 hours)

ENGL 1101English Composition I

3 credits

ENGL 1102English Composition II

3 credits

Area A Math Elective

3 credits

Note: Courses required for Area A must be completed within the first 30 hours.

Area B: Institutional Options (Credit: 4 hours)

Perspectives Elective

4 credits

Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts (Credit: 6 hours)

Literature Elective

3 credits

Area C Elective

3 credits

Area D: Science, Math, and Technology (Credit: 11 hours)

Required:
MATH 1200Elementary Statistics

3 credits

OR

MATH 1200HHonors Elementary Statistics

3 credits

Choose an 8-hour sequence from the following sets of classes:
Biology
BIOL 1001KIntroductory Biology I

4 credits

BIOL 1002KIntroductory Biology II

4 credits

BIOL 2107KPrinciples of Biology I

4 credits

BIOL 2108KPrinciples of Biology II

4 credits

Chemistry
CHEM 1151KSurvey of Chemistry I

4 credits

CHEM 1152KSurvey of Chemistry II

4 credits

CHEM 1211KPrinciples of Chemistry I

4 credits

CHEM 1212KPrinciples of Chemistry II

4 credits

Physics
PHYS 1111KIntroductory Physics I

4 credits

PHYS 1112KIntroductory Physics II

4 credits

OR

PHYS 2211KPrinciples of Physics I

4 credits

PHYS 2212KPrinciples of Physics II

4 credits

Note: If students choose to take a four-hour course, then one hour of credit from this course will count in Area F where applicable. Students must have the necessary prerequisite for any course they choose.

Area E: Social Sciences (Credit: 12 hours)

HIST 2111United States History to 1865

3 credits

OR

HIST 2112United States History since 1865

3 credits

 

POLS 1101American Government

3 credits

Area E Elective

3 credits

Area E Elective

3 credits

Area F: Lower Division Major Requirements (Credit: 18 hours)

For students who have NOT completed an Associate Degree Program Major Field— Lower Division

ACCT 2101Principles of Accounting I

3 credits

ACCT 2102Principles of Accounting II

3 credits

 

BUSA 2201Business Information Applications

3 credits

OR

ITEC 2201Business Information Applications

3 credits

 

PSYC 2103Introduction to Human Development

3 credits

*Approved Elective

3 credits

*Approved Elective

3 credits

*Preference will be given to the above listing of lower division major requirements with six credit hours of approved electives including but not limited to electives chosen from the following areas: basic computer science, accounting, business, management, math, history, psychology, biology, or social sciences. However, up to 12 hours of substituted electives may be approved by the department chair for inclusion in this area.

Upper Division Course Requirements (Credit: 60 hours)

30 hours Core + 30 hours Electives

Grade of "C" or higher required in HLSA Major

Required Core (Credit: 30 hours)

HLSA 3000Research Methods for Health Sciences

3 credits

HLSA 3100Leadership in Health Care

3 credits

HLSA 3310American Health Care System

3 credits

HLSA 3320Health Care Management

3 credits

HLSA 3360Quality Management and Improvement

3 credits

HLSA 3380Health Communications

3 credits

HLSA 4100Human Resource Management in Health Care

3 credits

HLSA 4410Health Law & Ethics

3 credits

HLSA 4470Design & Management

3 credits

HLSA 4480Health Care Financial Management

3 credits


Track Requirements (30 hours)

Students must choose at least one of the following tracks:

Clinical/Practice Management
HLSA 4425Ambulatory Care Services

3 credits

HLSA 4435Managed Care

3 credits

HLSA 4463Case Management Concepts and Services

3 credits

HLSA 4450Applied Learning Experience

3 credits

18 hours of approved electives

Long Term Care Administration
HLSA 4420Long Term Care Administration

3 credits

HLSA 4475Regulatory Aspects of Long Term Care

3 credits

HLSA 4450Applied Learning Experience

3 credits

SOCI 3150Gerontology

3 credits

18 hours of approved electives

Sports and Fitness Management
HLSA 3400Introduction to Sport and Fitness Management

3 credits

HLSA 3410Introduction to Exercise Science

3 credits

HLSA 3420Nutrition and Wellness

3 credits

HLSA 3430Sports Facility Planning and Event Management

3 credits

HLSA 3435Sports Marketing

3 credits

HLSA 4450Applied Learning Experience

3 credits

12 hours of approved electives

List of Approved Electives (Credit: 12-18 hours)

Students choose 12-18 hours depending on concentration.

Note: Electives other than those on this list require the approval of the Department Chair.

ACCT 3101Intermediate Financial Accounting I

3 credits

ACCT 3102Intermediate Financial Accounting II

3 credits

ACCT 3103Intermediate Finance Accounting III

3 credits

BUSA 3101Business Ethics

3 credits

ENGL 3106Professional Writing and Communication

3 credits

HLSA 3315Holistic Health Care Services

3 credits

HLSA 3340Public Administration and Health Care

3 credits

HLSA 3345Government, Politics, and American Health Care

3 credits

HLSA 3350Public Health & Epidemiology

3 credits

HLSA 3370Women's Issues In Healthcare

3 credits

HLSA 3390Bioethics

3 credits

HLSA 3400Introduction to Sport and Fitness Management

3 credits

HLSA 3410Introduction to Exercise Science

3 credits

HLSA 3420Nutrition and Wellness

3 credits

HLSA 3430Sports Facility Planning and Event Management

3 credits

HLSA 3435Sports Marketing

3 credits

HLSA 4400Rural Health Care Services

3 credits

HLSA 4420Long Term Care Administration

3 credits

HLSA 4425Ambulatory Care Services

3 credits

HLSA 4430Health Care Economics

3 credits

HLSA 4435Managed Care

3 credits

HLSA 4450Applied Learning Experience

3 credits

HLSA 4451Applied Learning Experience II

3 - 6 credits

HLSA 4463Case Management Concepts and Services

3 credits

HLSA 4475Regulatory Aspects of Long Term Care

3 credits

MGMT 3141Principles of Management

3 credits

MGMT 3155Organizational Behavior

3 credits

MGMT 3165Production & Operations Management

3 credits

MGMT 3175Quantitative Methods

3 credits

MGMT 4125Compensation and Benefits

3 credits

MKTG 3161Principles of Marketing

3 credits

PBSV 3001Social Context of Public Service Agencies

3 credits

PBSV 3010Public Service Management

3 credits

PBSV 3020Research Methods

3 credits

PBSV 3040Conflict Resolution and Negotiation

3 credits

FINA 3110Principles of Finance

3 credits

SOCI 3150Gerontology

3 credits

HLSA 4451: Students with no health care experience may repeat this course.

Total Hours: 120