Health Services Administration, B.S.
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The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration program is an upper-division professional curriculum that focuses on the managerial side of the health care industry. The program curriculum is designed to provide students with the necessary industry knowledge and job skills needed by entry-level managers in a variety of health care organizations. Program graduates are prepared for entry-level management positions in all types of health care organizations, including hospitals, ambulatory care centers, medical group practices, long- term care facilities and home health care agencies. This program also will prepare students for study in advanced degrees in health services administration or related disciplines.
The program attracts a diverse student population interested in health care management. Students without a background in the health care industry are attracted to this major and are able to build a foundation in health services administration in order to enter the industry. Some students who enter the program have clinical work experience such as respiratory therapists, emergency medical technicians, radiographers, and medical laboratory technologists, while other students may hold an A.S. degree or a nationally recognized license.
Students must earn at least a grade of C (2.0) in each required course and should consult with a college advisor to ensure that adequate progress is being made toward program completion. Students in this major are required to have an overall GPA or 2.5 or better upon graduation.
Program of Study (2016-17 Catalog): 51 Upper-Level Credit Hours
The Common Program Prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the program. The prerequisite courses are not offered online at UCF and it is recommended that they be taken as part of an A.A. degree at a Florida community college. University policy states that these courses cannot be taken under transient student status in the final semesters toward graduation.
- HSA 3104: Health Services Administration Cornerstone (3 hrs)
- HSA 3111: U.S. Health Care Systems (3 hrs)
- HSA 3170: Health Care Finance (3 hrs)
- HSA 3222: Long Term Care and Administration (3 hrs)
- HSA 3430: Health Care Economics (3 hrs)
- HSA 4109: Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement, Insurance and Managed Care Plans (3 hrs)
- HSC 4201: Community Health (3 hrs)
- HSA 4180: Organization & Management for Health Agencies I (3 hrs)
- HIM 4508C: Quality Management (3 hrs)
- HSA 4702: Health Sciences Research Methods (3 hrs)
- HSC 3537: Medical Terminology (3 hrs)
- HSC 4500: Epidemiology (3 hrs)
- HSC 4652: Health Law and Ethics (3 hrs)
- HSA 4184: Organization & Management for Health Agencies II (3 hrs)
- HSA 4191: Fundamentals of Health Information Technology (3 hrs)
- HSA 4850: Health Services Administration Internship (3 hrs)
- HSA 4939: Health Services Administration Capstone (3 hrs)
Please see the UCF undergraduate catalog for a complete list of core requirements.
The core requirements of the program have course work in areas such as health care systems, finance, administration, research, terminology, law, ethics, and economics. In addition, students are encouraged to take additional elective courses, if needed, which will enhance their background in the health care industry; these electives can be completed through certificates or minors.
As a requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration major, students must complete an internship within the administrative realm of an actual health care organization. Many health care organizations will require that students complete a background check, which may include, but not be limited to, law enforcement finger printing, state driving records, credit reports, and criminal records check. The cost of the background check is the student’s responsibility. Background checks may take time to complete and, subsequently, could delay the student’s internship placement. Students who have potential background issues must contact the Director of Internships to schedule an interview in order to discuss the impact on field placement. The Health Services Administration Program cannot guarantee internship placement or subsequent degree completion for students who do not pass background checks.
In order to participate in the HSA Internship program, the student MUST:
- Have earned at least 90 credit hours prior to the start of the semester in which the Internship begins
- Have earned at least 24 HSA credit hours prior to the start of the semester in which the Internship begins
- Have an overall 2.75 Major GPA prior to the start of the semester in which the Internship begins
The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration program is fully certified by AUPHA, The Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
For the most complete, up-to-date degree and program requirements, see the official UCF Undergraduate Catalog.
The availability of online courses offered each semester is dependent on the availability of instructors to teach them. Each course will be offered during the academic year but possibly not during every semester. Therefore, it may take the Web-based student more time to complete the degree than the traditional student. Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction, or on ground internships, to students in some states. More information is available here.
For additional information contact:
COHPA Transfer Academic Advisor
College of Health and Public Affairs
Undergraduate Student Services