Health Care Administration
The health care industry is one of the largest in the United States, and both private and government sources forecast a twenty percent growth in health care administration positions through the year 2020.
Methodist University's major in Health Care Administration offers career preparation for men and women who are entering college immediately following high school or who are transferring from other colleges, including community and technical colleges. Our evening program allows non-traditional students to have the flexibility of completing degree requirements while continuing to fulfill responsibilities of home, family, and work. The Health Care Administration major provides outstanding opportunities for professional growth and development for current employees of health care facilities, government agencies or other organizations related to the health care industry. We also offer a minor for those from other fields who wish to add Health Administration to their resume, and a concentration in conjunction with the Reeves School of Business. Both the minor and concentration in business are outstanding resume builders!
The Health Care Administration major can also be a springboard for graduate school or work in one of many health care specialties, including health care administration, business administration, public administration, political science or law. Students leaving our program have had excellent success entering the graduate program of their choice. We also offer a Health Care Administration Graduate Certificate, ans well as a focus in the nationally accredited Professional MBA within the Reeves School of Business to prepare our students to advance up the career ladder to mid-level and senior level positions.
Requirements for the Major in Health Care Administration
60 s.h.: ACC 2510, 2530; BUS 2160, 3320, and 3520; ECO 2610, 2620; MKT 2510; HCA 2000, 3050, 3300, 3400, 3500, 3600, 4500, 4700 and 4800.* The student must choose three additional courses from HCA 2300, 4100, 4200, 4400, 4850 and 4990. It is recommended (not required) to take LAW 2000, 3860, or SOC 3880 as electives.
The program in Health Care Administration recognizes the need to balance theory and practice. During students' senior year, they participate in an internship. Under the preceptor's guidance in a health care facility or other related health service organization, students work hand-in-hand with an experienced health care administrator and develop one or more specific projects for the organization. Recently students have worked for large medical group practices, within the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and for governmental health care agencies, during the academic year, as well as during the summer.
*All students (traditional or non-traditional) who do not have a minimum of five (5) years work experience (documented) in a health-related organization will be required to take HCA 4800, Health Care Administration Internship, as a requirement for graduation with the Health Care Administration degree.
Requirements for the minor in Health Care Administration
18 s.h.: HCA 2000, 3050, 3300, 3500, and any two additional HCA courses.
Requirements for the minor in Health Care Information Management
15 s.h.: CSC 2010, 3600, 4110, 4200, and HCA 3600.
Requirements for the A.S. in Health Care Administration
39 s.h., to include ACC 2510 and 2530; BUS 2250; SCI 1410, 1420, and 1430; MAT 1050 or higher; and 18 s.h. of Health Care Administration classes.
Requirements for the Undergraduate Certificate or Concentration in Business Health Care Administration
The concentration is available to majors in the Reeves School of Business only
24 s.h.: HCA 2000, 2300, 3050, 3500, 4500, plus three additional HCA courses.
Accreditation for the Business Health Care Administration Concentration
The Reeves School of Business is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the following degrees: the Professional Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a focus in Organizational Management and Leadership, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Financial Economics, Management, Marketing, and Sport Management. Additionally, a minor in Accounting; Business Administration; Entrepreneurship; Financial Economics; Human Resource Management; International Business; Management; Marketing; Professional Tennis Management; Resort, Club, and Hospitality Management; and Sport Management is accredited. Finally, a B.S. degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Economics or Marketing with a PGA Golf Management Concentration; Professional Tennis Management; Resort, Club, and Hospitality Management; and Sport Management Concentration is accredited.