Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

Program Overview

Central Christian College's online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is a degree program built on Christian principles and the study and application of healthcare knowledge and skills. Foundational courses in introduce concepts in healthcare administration, ethics, accounting, and statistics. A capstone course reviewing strategies and techniques taught in the program is taken after all other courses in the curriculum have been completed. Additionally, students have the ability to choose an area of concentration from the following: Health Information Management, Medical Practice Management, and Human Resource Management. Students may also pursue a general Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and take a variety of healthcare management and administration courses.

Program Length
The program length for the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree completion program is dependent upon the number of courses that must be completed online at Central Christian College. Each three-credit course is six-weeks in length.

Cost
The total program cost for the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is dependent upon the number of courses transferred and required. The current tuition rate is $425 per credit.

Transfer Credit
Many students have extensive knowledge gained through prior schooling, training, or on-the-job experience. Through Central Christian College, you may have the opportunity to earn credit toward your degree through a variety of options.

Outcomes
As a graduate of Central Christian College's Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, you will be able to:

  • Understand current organizational theory and apply it to contemporary healthcare issues;
  • Identify leadership qualities unique to the healthcare professional and be able to apply them in supervisory and managerial situations;
  • Recognize current public and community health issues and their impact on healthcare leaders;
  • Understand contemporary financial management and economic issues in healthcare and apply analytical tools to relevant problems; and
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and communication skills by applying leadership concepts in an investigative research project.

Career Opportunities
As a graduate of a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program, you will have a balanced skillset of healthcare knowledge and business administration skills. A degree in Healthcare Administration is often the minimum requirement for most medical and health services manager positions and is also a stepping stone toward a Master of Science in Health Administration or a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on healthcare administration. Visit the following websites for more information about the many career opportunities available to you once you attain your degree:
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, published by the U.S. Bureau of Statistics at www.bls.gov/oco/
  • O*Net Online for career exploration and job analysis at www.onetonline.org


Degree and Course Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Central Christian College, you must fulfill the following degree requirements:
  • Earn 120 semester hours of credit (through transfer, testing, prior learning evaluation, or credits earned at Central Christian)
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Pay for your degree in full
Required Courses for all Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration students:

Professionalism and Human Performance (3 credits)

This course provides students with an understanding of the professional (soft skills) required for academic and career success. Emphasis is on critical thinking, communication (written and oral), research, team building, and leadership skills development. Other topics include time management, computer proficiency, and developing presentation skills.

Introduction to Biblical Literature (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student an opportunity to gain an awareness of the contents of the Bible, the societies in which it was produced and the contribution that it has made to history, culture and the personal spiritual lives of individuals.

Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course raises student awareness about current ethics issues in the healthcare environment. Students will be able to enhance their own moral and ethical reasoning by analyzing and responding to case study in healthcare management. These are the same ethical concerns faced by healthcare clinicians, administrators and managers. Students will engage in decision-making activities in order to apply related principles of ethics to current events in healthcare.

Contemporary Culture and Worldview (3 credits)
This course opens the students' minds to opportunities to positively affect society through the use of biblical examples.

Statistics for Healthcare Managers (3 credits)
This is an introductory course in statistics applied to healthcare settings. Students will be exposed to the concepts in basic statistics and how statistics are used in healthcare organizations.

Leadership & Change in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course concentrates on the development of students' abilities to exercise leadership at the management-level in healthcare organizations. The focus is to help leaders understand how best to motivate and coordinate employees and the responsibilities of leaders in leading change within an organization. The course will provide students with the opportunity to understand leadership from conceptual, personal, skill-based, and work-based perspectives. Students will explore leadership theory and practice as it applies to the healthcare sector.

Healthcare Marketing Strategies (3 credits)
This course provides students with an overview of the strategic marketing function in healthcare organizations. Students will be exposed to the role that marketing plays in healthcare.

Principles of Managed Care (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the foundations of the managed health care system in the United States. Students will be exposed to the operational aspects of managed care and health insurance in the commercial sector. Different forms of managed health care will be presented.

Financial Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course provides students with an introduction to finance in the healthcare setting and exposes students to the financial management techniques used by healthcare professionals. Topics include billing and coding/reimbursement, the legal and regulatory environment, revenue determinants, managed care finance, financial statement analysis, financial accounting, costing and financial decision-making.

Human Resource Management (3 credits)
This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the human resource management function in organizations. Topics include staffing and recruitment, employment benefits, employee law, training and development, and compensation.

Strategic Planning (3 credits)
In this course, students are exposed to the strategic planning process, allowing them to conduct environmental scans and SWOTS analysis in a healthcare setting. The course incorporates and integrates theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities gained from previous coursework. Students will have an opportunity to develop a problem statement based on a topic of their choice.

Healthcare Administration Capstone (3 credits)
This course provides a capstone experience permitting students to integrate all coursework in the health administration degree program to analyze challenges and issues in the healthcare industry. Topics of review include leadership, communication, medical legal issues, risk management, marketing, and planning. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on their own educational experiences via reflective journaling activities and will articulate their ethical perspectives on the role of the healthcare professional. Additionally, students will create an ePortfolio including prior work and a resume in order to assume a position in healthcare. The course culminates with a comprehensive exam whereby students will be able to demonstrate competency in facets of healthcare administration.

Required Courses for the Health Information Management Concentration:

Introduction to Health Information Management (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the Health Information Management field with an emphasis on the study of record keeping practices in various healthcare settings. Topics include the structure of healthcare organizations, the management of patient medical records, release of patient information, forms control and design, indexes, registers, regulatory accrediting agencies, and recent healthcare reform agendas. Additionally, legal and ethical issues applicable to health information will be discussed.

Healthcare Reimbursement (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the various U.S. healthcare payment systems and how they function. Topics include the foundations of insurance, emergence of HMOs and managed care, private and public reimbursement, risk management, and the role of billing and coding in reimbursement. Additionally, students will learn how various healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and outpatient centers are reimbursed for their services.

Health & Clinical Data Management (3 credits)
In this course, students will use medical practice software and will apply clinical knowledge to support data management functions in a health care organization such as coding for reimbursement, practice analysis, and assessing clinical outcomes. Topics include collection, query resolution and auditing, balancing daily postings, cost and fees cost-effectiveness, and the regulatory environment of data management.

Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data (3 credits)
In this course, students are exposed to the concepts of privacy, security, confidentiality, ethics and regulations pertaining to the use of health information. Topics include: legal and ethical environment of protecting healthcare data, HIPAA privacy standards, and health information disclosure.

Patient Communication & Service Excellence (3 credits)
This course emphasizes respectful communication interactions in a wide range of healthcare settings. Strategies for effectively communicating with patients of all ages, as well as abusive, depressed and impaired patients, are illustrated through examples and various scenarios. The course helps students focus on developing self-awareness and skills

Required Courses for the Human Resource Management Concentration:

Patient Communication & Service Excellence (3 credits)
This course emphasizes respectful communication interactions in a wide range of healthcare settings. Strategies for effectively communicating with patients of all ages, as well as abusive, depressed and impaired patients, are illustrated through examples and various scenarios. The course helps students focus on developing self-awareness and skills.

Employee Benefits (3 credits)
This course exposes students to the nature of the various types of employee benefits on the market. Emphasis is placed on the factors involved in making employee benefit decisions. This involves understanding the distinctions between personal or small organizations and large employer groups, and knowing the funding options available for each.

Training & Development for Healthcare (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to training human resources in healthcare organizations. Training topics include adult learning theories, needs assessment, feedback models, evaluation, planning and instructional design.

Conflict Resolution & Negotiation (3 credits)
This course exposes students to the nature of conflict within the health care organization and the various forms of employable conflict resolution techniques. Emphasis is given to overcoming positional and contentious strategies while building collaboration and offering choices. Focus is placed on understanding the interdependence of groups within the health care system and the cohesion necessary to deliver quality health care.

Recruitment & Selection in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course presents the human resources management focus of recruitment and staffing selection (R&S) in a healthcare setting. Students will be exposed to the methods and processes for this task and an appreciation for how the human resources management function plays an important strategic role for the organization. Choosing the right people has an impact on the organization's ability to meet its strategic goals.

Required Courses for the Medical Practice Management Concentration:

Patient Communication & Service Excellence (3 credits)
This course emphasizes respectful communication interactions in a wide range of healthcare settings. Strategies for effectively communicating with patients of all ages, as well as abusive, depressed and impaired patients, are illustrated through examples and various scenarios. The course helps students focus on developing self-awareness and skills.

Introduction to Medical Practice Management (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of all aspects of the medical practice. Topics include marketing, patient communication, customer service, specialty practices, financial management, and the roles of medical office personnel.

Healthcare Reimbursement (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the various U.S. healthcare payment systems and how they function. Topics include the foundations of insurance, emergence of HMOs and managed care, private and public reimbursement, risk management, and the role of billing and coding in reimbursement. Additionally, students will learn how various healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and outpatient centers are reimbursed for their services.

Marketing the Private Medical Practice (3 credits)
In this course, students will be exposed to the various marketing strategies employed by physicians in private practice, with an emphasis on Internet and social media marketing. Topics include marketing for competitive advantage, direct marketing, web site design, and practice branding.

Financial Management for the Medical Practice (3 credits)
In this course, students are presented with the methods and approaches for managing the private medical practice from a financial perspective. Topics include: financial analysis, maximizing revenue, expense management, internal control, financial reports, benchmarking and operational planning.

"Bridge" Coursework
These courses are offered as a foundation in our healthcare degrees. For students who had prior learning in totally unrelated fields (other than healthcare or business), these courses provide a context for the rest of the courses in the program and are deemed as necessary. If students have had these courses in their prior learning, they will be evaluated for transfer credit. The following are bridge courses:

Introduction to U.S. Healthcare Systems (3 credits)
Topics covered will include history, orientation to the US Healthcare Delivery System including discussion about the organization of healthcare providers such as clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and related healthcare facilities. Additional topics include professional roles in healthcare, healthcare planning, regulation, quality, politics, and major healthcare reform issues challenging the industry today. Students will appreciate the complexity of relationships among cost, quality, and access in healthcare.

Healthcare Law (3 credits)
This course is meant to provide a general introduction to the legal environment that affects individuals, businesses, and business transactions. In addition to providing a general introduction to the American legal system, this course will focus on specific legal topics such as contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code.

Organizational Management (3 credits)
Students will learn the principles of management through an examination of the role of the healthcare manager and the universal functions of management. The course focuses on how organizational goals are reached through people. The course is built around the topics of planning, organizing, leading, controlling and decision-making. Students will be exposed to the contemporary tools available to reach high-quality decisions in the healthcare setting.

 


Admissions Requirements

Acceptance to the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is based on each applicant's educational background, professional experience, and potential. Standardized test scores are not required and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Generally a minimum GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. Applications can be completed online.

Application Process
GlobalHealth Education will collect all applications, transcripts and materials from applicants and transmit them to Central Christian College. Upon receipt of a complete application, the Admissions Committee will evaluate an application and make an admissions decision. Admissions decisions can be expected within a week of submitting a complete application. GlobalHealth Education will release admissions decisions upon receipt, and an official letter with the admissions decision will be sent via e-mail from Central Christian College. 

Application Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application Form
  • GlobalHealth Education Permission & Transcript Request Forms
  • CCC FERPA Form
  • Transcripts from the high school that conferred the applicant's diploma, as well as the higher education institution(s) from which the applicant completed courses for which the applicant seeks credit toward the Central Christian College degree

Please submit all application requirements to GlobalHealth Education at:
GlobalHealth Education
Attn: Registrar

3111 South Dixie Hwy. Suite 101
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Fax:866-466-2306
Email: registrar@globalhealtheducation.com

Home school transcripts will be accepted if they meet the required guidelines. Contact your Student Advocate for further assistance with home school transcripts.