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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Bachelor of Science
in Health Care Administration

 
Program Information for the BSHCA (Code HCA_BS01)

The Department of Health Care Administration is housed in the College of Health and Human Services. The undergraduate Health Care Administration program is a certified member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Such certification demonstrates program excellence through a processes of external peer review in which programs are examined to determine quality of the curriculum, infrastructure, and outcomes. California State University, Long Beach is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BSHCA) curriculum consists of 120 units of course work. The BS program admits freshmen and transfer students with a significant number of community college credits. Interested students must first apply to the CSULB for admission and are encouraged to contact the HCA department for advising before enrolling in courses. (Please see our undergraduate brochure for more information.)

 
Admission Requirements

Prerequisites

  1. All students must complete a minimum of 13-14 semester units or the equivalent in prerequisite preparatory course for the major: ACCT 201, ECON 101 or ECON 300, HDEV 190, SOC 170 or PSY 110 or STAT 108 and BIOL 205 (or equivalent) or BIOL 207 AND BIOL 208. Computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software is expected. Business calculus (MATH 115) is recommended.

  2. An overall grade point average of 2.6 or higher is required for entrance into the program. A minimum grade of "C" is required for each prerequisite course.
 
Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete the requirements for General Education. (Please consult the CHHS Advising Center at HSD-117 (map) or call 562-985-2691.)

  2. Complete the prerequisite courses.

  3. Complete the major core course requirements:

    IS 233: Office Productivity Software (3)
    Prerequisites: None

    HSC 150: Medical Terminology (1)
    Prerequisites: None.

    HCA 300: The Health Care System (3)
    Prerequisites: None.

    HCA 312: Health Personnel Management (3)
    Prerequisite: Open to Health Care Administration majors only. Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.

    HCA 340: Legal Aspects of Health Administration (3)
    Prerequisite: Open to Health Care Administration majors only. Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.

    HCA 341: Financial Management of Health Care Institutions (3)
    Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in ACCT 201. 
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.

    HCA 353: Marketing for Health Services Organizations (3)
    Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in ECON 101 or ECON 300.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.

    HCA 410: Health Management and Organization (3)
    Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only. Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.

    HCA 416: Management and Information Systems (3)
    Prerequisite: Open to Health Care Administration majors only. Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.

    HCA 428: Pop. Health Mgmt. for Health Care Administrators (3)
    Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to Health Care Administration majors only, upper division standing, or instructor consent. Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300

    HCA 450: Quality Assurance in Health Care (3)
    Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in HCA 300.

    HCA 465: Analysis and Evaluation of Health Care Services (3)
    Prerequistes: Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in PSY 110 or SOC 170 or STAT 108 or equivalent.

    HCA 468: Principles of Risk Management and Patient Safety (3)
    Prerequisites: Open to HCA majors only. A grade of "C" or better in HCA 340, HCA 341 and HCA 450.

    HCA 480: Internship in Health Care Administration (3) (FAQ's)
    Prerequisites: Senior status only. Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in HCA 300, HCA 312, HCA 341, HCA 410, HCA 465 and HSC 150.

    HCA 481: Internship and Career Development in HCA (3)
    Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in HCA 480.

    (Click here for HCA course descriptions; otherwise, for a sample HCA course's syllabus, click above on that course's number.)

  4. Upper Division (required elective courses). A minimum of 9 additional units from the following:

    HCA 320: Operations Management in Health Administration (3) Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in PSY 110 or SOC 170 or equivalent. 
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.

    HCA 417: Technology, Ethics, and Society (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, upper division standing, ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1).

    HCA 422: Global Issues in Health Services (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses and upper division standing. 

    HCA 438: Perspectives on Long-Term Care Across the Lifespan (3)
    Prerequisite: Health Care Administration majors only; HCA 300

    HCA 451: Economics of Health (3) (Same as ECON 445.)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in ECON 101 or ECON 300.

    HCA 452: Medical Group Practice Management (3)
    Prerequisites: Health Care Administration majors only; undergraduate students HCA 300 and HCA 341; graduate students HCA 502.

    HCA 457: Working Around the World (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, upper division standing.

    HCA 470: Latinas/Latinos: Health Status and Health Care Access (3) (Same as CHLS470.)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, upper division standing.

    HCA 471: Geographic Information Science (GIS) for Health (3)
    (Same as GEOG 471.)
    Prerequiste: GEOG 200 or SOC 170 or equivalent.

    (Click here for course descriptions; otherwise, for a sample HCA course's syllabus, click above on that course's number.)

  5. Complete electives as needed to total 120 semester units.

  6. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

  7. Each major course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A course in which a grade lower than "C" is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a "C" may proceed with other courses for which it is not a prerequisite with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.
 
HCA Courses (Lower-Division)


         HCA 202: Introduction to Health Care in America (3)
         Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.


Click here for a course description; otherwise, for an individual course syllabus, click below on the course's name. There are no prerequisites for HCA202, and it is open to students of all majors.

For advising information, please contact the CHHS Advising Center at 562-985-2691 or visit their office at HSD-117 (map).