Associate in Science in Health Services Administration (HSA)

The primary objective of the Associate in Science in Health Services Administration (HSA) program is to prepare students for entry business or supervisory positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Students are provided a fundamental knowledge of the health sciences as well as the skills to function in entry level supervisory positions. All credits earned from this degree are acceptable toward the Hodges University Baccalaureate Degree in Health Services Administration.

On Campus and Online
The Health Sciences Core and Liberal Arts Component are offered in both the traditional and online delivery format. The Health Services Administration Core is offered only online.

HSA degrees prepare you to be managers in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Community Health
  • Senior Housing and Managed Care Organizations
  • Physician Practices
  • Advocacy Organizations and Professional Associations
  • The Insurance Industry       
  • Consultant Services

Why HSA?

Is HSA Right for Me?

If you are interested in a career in medical or health services administration, you possess the following qualities and would enjoy the duties listed below our Associate in Science in Health Services Administration program is the place to start!

Do you possess the following qualities?*

  • Analytical Skills - You must be able to understand and follow current regulations and be able to adapt to new laws.
  • Communication Skills - You must be able to communicate effectively with other health professionals.
  • Attention to Detail - You might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.
  • Interpersonal Skills - You need to be able to discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives and be able to motivate and lead staff.
  • Problem-solving skills - You may be responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems.
  • Technical Skills - You must be able to follow advances in health care technology like Electronic Health Records (EHR).

Would you enjoy the following duties?*

  • Improving efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Keep up to date on new laws and regulations so the facility complies with them
  • Supervise assistant administrators in facilities that are large enough to need them
  • Manage finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Keep and organize records of the facility's services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-4. 10/23/2013

Careers

What is the HSA Career Outlook?

Healthcare is an industry that is going through rapid change and growth; therefore, skillful executives are needed in a wide range of healthcare organizations.

Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations*.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-6 10/23/2013

Health Services Administration Careers*

An Associate in Science in Health Services Administration prepares you for entry-level positions.

ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS
  • Insurance Company Representatives
  • Operations Assistants
  • Marketing Assistants
SMALLER ORGANIZATION MANAGERS OR SUPERVISORS
  • Physicians Offices
  • Clinics
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Human Service Agencies

*Source: Administration Jobs http://www.administrationjobs.com/career-advice/healthcare-administration-career-path/ 10/29/2013

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Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

All credits earned from this degree are acceptable toward the Hodges University Baccalaureate Degree in Health Services Administration. The Health Sciences Core and Liberal Arts Component are offered in both the traditional and online delivery format. The Health Services Administration Core is offered only online.
 
A full time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in 5 terms or approximately 1 year and 8 months.
 
Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I.

Health Services Administration Component

A. Health Sciences Core Semester Hour Credit
HSC1500 Medical Terminology

HSC1500 - Medical Terminology - 2 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of medical vocabulary using a systems approach. The course provides the student with an overview of words that pertain to body systems, anatomic structures, medical processes and procedures, and a variety of diseases. This course is offered both in an online and classroom format.

2
BSC2001 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I

BSC2001 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 Credits

This course is the first of a two course sequence which provides an introduction to the basic structure and function of the human body organ systems. Beginning at the chemical level, this course will cover the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course. This course is offered only in the online format.

4
BSC2002 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II

BSC2002 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 Credits

This course is the second of a two course sequence continuing with the basic structure and function of the human body organ systems. It will cover the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course. This course is offered only in the online format.

Prerequisite: BSC2001with a C or better

4
PHA2050 Introduction to Pharmacology

PHA2050 - Introduction to Pharmacology - 2 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the topic of pharmacology. Basic information regarding patient safety, regulations, sources and actions of drugs, resources, interpretation of prescription labels, and classifications will be studied. Students will not calculate drug dosages or administer medications in this course. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

2
Total Health Sciences Core 12

B.

Health Services Administration Core

HSA1245 Introduction to Healthcare Services

HSA1245 - Introduction to Healthcare Services - 4 Credits

This introductory course focuses on the various elements and stakeholders in the US healthcare system. Students will gain an understanding of the system as a whole and how the industry is both a public and a private enterprise. The healthcare industry trends as well as the major players in the various parts of healthcare are covered. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: ENG1101

4
HSA1346 Introduction to Healthcare Information Technology

HSA1346 - Introduction to Healthcare Information Technology - 4 Credits

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of information technology in healthcare today. The language of health information technology will be explored providing the student with knowledge about data structure, content and standards. The role of the EHR in all healthcare settings will be explored.

Prerequisites: All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course, ENG1101

4
HSC2000 Healthcare Law and Ethics

HSC2000 - Healthcare Law and Ethics - 4 Credits

The legislation affecting healthcare is provided, along with a review of issues such as professional liability, informed consent, privacy laws and workplace legalities. Additionally, many of the issues facing healthcare providing are covered. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course. This course is offered only in the online format.

4
HIM2307 Reimbursement and Revenue Cycle Management

HIM2307 - Reimbursement and Revenue Cycle Management - 4 Credits

This course provides an overview of reimbursement methods and the various third-party payers in healthcare. The language of healthcare reimbursement will be explored and elements of healthcare reform will be covered. Clinical coding and compliance will be discussed along with the coding issues that affect compliance, with an emphasis on ethics in coding. Revenue cycle basics will be addressed along with chargemaster maintenance, charge capture, and claims management. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisites: HIM2002 or HSA1346 completed with a C or better or permission of the Dean of Allied Health

4
HSA2016 Introduction to Health Services Management I

HSA2016 - Introduction to Management in Health Services I - 4 Credits

This is the first of two courses where students will be introduced to basic management principles as they are used in the health services industry. Participants will learn key principles and practices in healthcare management. This course introduces the planning, organizing, staffing and communication functions. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisites: ENG1101 and HSA1245

 

4
HSA2026 Introduction to Health Services Management II

HSA2026 - Introduction to Management in Health Services II - 4 Credits

This is the second of two courses where students will be introduced to basic management principles as they are used in the health services industry. Participants will learn key principles and practices in healthcare management. This course introduces power and authority, motivation and conflict management, risk management and basic budgeting. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: HSA2016 or permission of Program Chair

4
Total Health Services Administration Core 24

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component

CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a level of basic proficiency.

4
HSC1002 Foundations for College Success

HSC1002 - Foundations for College Success - 2 Credits

In this course, students will learn the skills needed to face the real-life challenges of returning to school and juggling not just school, but family, a job, and other responsibilities. Students will develop and apply critical thinking skills to meet the requirements of being a healthcare student and eventually a healthcare professional. This course is required for any student who has not completed a minimum of sixty (60) transferrable semester credit hours at the college level or an Associate’s degree. This course must be completed the first semester at Hodges University.

2
PSY1102 Strategic Thinking

PSY1102 - Strategic Thinking - 2 Credits

This course focusses on the process by which attitudes are developed, evaluated, and changed. Students will focus on applying critical thinking skills to understand current issues, belief systems and ethical positions.

2
ENG1101 English Composition

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
HUM2022/2030 Introduction to Humanities or
Introduction to World Religions

HUM2022 - Introduction to Humanities: Prehistory to the Renaissance - 4 Credits

This course is a combined study of human civilization from prehistory to the Renaissance, including art, history, music, architecture, religion, philosophy and literature. Emphasis is placed on critical reading of written communication and cultural enrichment.

HUM2030 - Introduction to World Religions - 4 Credits

Introduction to world religions helps to better inform students concerning the principles of the major faiths of the world, ancient and modern. Emphasis is placed on critical reading of written communication and cultural enrichment and within this context to attain a better understanding of the human community.

4
COM3015 Professional Communication

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts

4
Total Liberal Arts Component 24

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

            60

Benefits

How is Hodges HSA Program Different?

Our Program Can Be Completed Entirely Online

Hodges University offers a Health Services Administration degree program entirely online! When you enroll in an online program at Hodges, you will not be compromising quality for convenience. Imagine completing your degree without commuting to classes! Please note that the Health Sciences Core and Liberal Arts Component are also offered on-campus.

Our Professors Have Real-World Experience

Our professors have worked in field and bring that real-world experience to the classroom. The Dean of the School of Allied Health, Dr. Carlene Harrison, has spent the majority of her professional career has been in the outpatient setting. She has worked in for-profit, not-for-profit, and public health organizations managing everything from major research operations to day-to-day clinical operations.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist students in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"I have learned an enormous amount and feel prepared to work in my field!" - School of Allied Health Graduate

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

 

Carlene Harrison

Dean : School of Allied Health

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” B.B. King

 
 

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