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Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration (BSHSA) provides a strong preparation for women interested in a career as an administrator or manager of healthcare services and institutions. The degree prepares women to excel in the decision-making processes that create cost effective delivery of high quality health care to consumers.

To be admitted to this degree program, students must be currently working in the healthcare field or have the approval of the Program Director.

In the program, students engage in applied, interactive learning environments that further develop their analytic and critical thinking skills. The core courses engage students in experiences that build their effectiveness as managers and administrators in this field.

This curriculum also prepares graduates to lead organizations and institutions through the ever-changing regulatory landscape and increasingly complex financial challenges of the global healthcare industry. BSHSA graduates apply the latest theories and practices in healthcare organizational structures; strategic planning; finance, funding and reimbursement; legal and regulatory policies; ethical and social issues; human resource management; contemporary healthcare diseases; information technology; and marketing.

Bay Path University graduates meet these challenges with integrity while delivering the highest quality of care to the global, diverse consumers of the 21st century.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO109 Biology I 4

This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee: $35)

COM111 Computer Applic. I 3

Computer Applications I This course uses a hands-on approach to have students explore computer hardware and software concepts. Students will identify and explain the principle components of computers and their use. They will utilize a Graphical User Interface Windows environment to handle basic commands and functions via the toolbars; work with drives, folders, and files; and manage disks. Students will define and apply the four basic computer operations of input, processing, output, and storage, using hardware and software application devices for documentation creation and production. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format correspondence, tabulations, and reports. Students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to plan, design, and create professional and colorful screen presentations, overhead transparencies, outlines, speakers notes, and audience handouts. Students will also be introduced to the Internets search engines, bookmarks, and digital library.

COM112 Computer Applic. II 3

Computer Applications II This course provides an introduction to spreadsheet and database management. Students will use Microsoft Excel to learn the basics of creating, editing, formatting, and manipulating spreadsheets. They will also enter formulas and functions; create charts and graphs; and produce basic business spreadsheets, such as budget, payroll, and sales reports. Students will use Microsoft Access to plan, create, and modify databases. Topics will include creating queries; selecting and sorting records; and producing reports, letters, and mailing labels utilizing a database.

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research/Writing in Discipline 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

HSA300 Health Service Management and 3

This course examines global and U.S. management challenges of delivering cost effective quality health care in the 21st century. Student will analyze leadership theories and a range of factors that affect leadership and performance, determining bes practices to meet the current demands for improved quality care, access for consumers and reducing the cost of health care. Students will explore the various aspects of healthcare management associated with planning, leading, motivating, organizing, and controlling to develop creative and innovative approaches to meet the changing demands for healthcare in the 21st century. Prerequisites: ENG 124

HSA330 Information Technology in 3

This course provides an overview of the integration of technology in the health care setting. Students will examine the processes used in the selection, application, and evaluation of computer software and hardware. Methods and processes to make informed business decisions related to the application and use of technology in health care it will be discussed. Prerequisite: HSA300

HSA340 Strategic Human Resource Mgt 3

This course examines the complexity and multiple issues involved in human resource management in health care organizations. Students will examine the strategic role of human resource management in response to changes in the health care industry. In addition, issues such as recruitment, retention, performance management, organizational development, and employee relations are examined. Federal, state and professional regulatory requirements specific to health care are emphasized. Student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment. Prerequisite: HSA300

HSA360 Health Services Quality 3

This course will examine the use of quality monitoring tools, benchmarking processes and quality indicator reports along with applications related to performance-improvement activities. Students will analyze data that impacts performance improvement focusing on clinical processes and improved patient care, risk management to reduce medical, legal and financial risks to an organization and utilization management determining the appropriateness and planned use of resources in an effort to reduce health care costs. Students will identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop reasonable solutions to the current set of problems. Prerequisite: HSA300

HSA380 Policy and Law in Health Services 3

This course focuses on the complex legal and regulatory issues involving health care ranging from patient rights to corporate responsibilities. Students will learn about the formulation and implementation of health care policies and laws as they impact consumer care. Public and private health care regulatory agencies are examined as well as their impact on the operation of health care as a business. Legal issues ranging from professional malpractice to corporate wrongdoing are also discusses. Prerequisite: HSA300

HSA400 Medical Ethics and Social 3

This courses focuses on ethical issues facing health care in the 21st century. Students will utilize the tools necessary to resolve ethical dilemmas. Emphasis is placed on the interrelated nature of ethics, morality, legal responsibilities and social issues. By examining ethical issues and scenarios which will relate directly to their work environment, students will have a clearer sense of how their health care organizations code of ethics along with their own ethical values related to operation decisions made on a daily basis. Prerequisite: HSA300

HSA420 Health Care Finance 3

This course provides an understanding of the general principles of accounting applied in the health care environment focusing on the delivery of cost effective quality care. It includes an overview of third party payers an additional sources of revenue for various health care entities. The fundamentals of financial planning, cost concepts, capital budgeting and management analysis are applied in the health care environment. Issues surrounding the development and management of budgets are also examined. Prerequisite: HSA300

HSA460 Health Care Marketing: Trends 3

In this course students will have the opportunity to conduct market research by examining the traits, trends and needs of todays health care consumer. Students will develop a marketing plan employing marketing principles and strategies in promoting health care services and programs to prospective consumers and identify a competitive advantage through value-enhanced services. Prerequisite: HSA300

HSA480 Health Services Senior Seminar 3

The senior seminar proves the student an opportunity to apply all of the knowledge and principles gained from the health care administration program. Utilizing creative thinking and innovation the student will design a health care facility in a third world county. Based upon research of the geographic area, identifying health care needs of that population available resources and potential funding students will create a facility utilizing the knowledge learned throughout the entire BSHSA program. The seminar may be accomplished indecently or with a team of two women. Prerequisite: HSA300

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

WEL220 WomenEmpoweredasLearnersLeader 3

Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners This required interdisciplinary course is designed to give all students entering the One-Day Program a common experience and foundation for their education. Students examine leadership within the larger context of our interdependent world and their own strengths, values and aspirations. Students also examine learning styles, academic requirements, communication skills and technology to create a personalized action plan for success in the One-Day undergraduate experience and beyond.

WEL330 StratforPers&CareerGrwth 3

Strategies for Personal and Career Growth This required interdisciplinary course builds on the foundation created in WEL 220 to deepen students knowledge, skills and attitudes related to career, leadership and financial development. Through a focus on well being students will strategically delve into ways to manage their own growth and development while understanding the opportunities to build on their purpose, passion and potential.

WEL440 Leadership in Practice 3

This capstone course is an interdisciplinary course designed to give senior-level students an opportunity to create a learning experience that allows them to apply knowledge, skills and personal development to a project that also contributes to a family, organization and/or community. This course combines academic study with practical application of leadership, communications and technology skills as a springboard for the student to move forward into the future as an empowered woman. Students may choose to complete research, community-based projects and/or service learning projects. As a culminating experience, this course also provides the platform for assessing students progress and proficiency.