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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Internship Program


HCA Internship Program: The Transition Step to a Career Job

A key aspect of the HCA Department’s curriculum is the HCA Internship Program. During the final year of the master’s program, students are required to take the internship course (HCA 580) and complete at least 120 hours at a local healthcare delivery organization. The bachelor’s program requires a two-course series (HCA 480 and 481) of at least 240 hours at a field site. At these sites, students will apply their classroom knowledge of business tools in the healthcare environment, and learn from experienced internship preceptors how to solve problems in “real world” situations.

Students can choose from over three hundred approved sites in nineteen different type organizations and over twenty-five different departments from which they can choose to intern. Students are exposed to a wide variety of special projects and processes related to health care delivery. These include individual projects as well as being part of multidisciplinary teams.

Students also attend about twenty hours of classroom lectures to help prepare them to join a professional office workforce and learn how to manage the business of medicine. A favorite activity is case studies where students bring actual problems from their internship site for classroom discussion, analysis and possibly solutions. Lectures will also cover how to effectively interview and network for finding a meaningful job in healthcare.

During the entire internship period, students are guided by knowledgeable HCA internship instructors, who work closely with the students and preceptors. Monthly reviews are made of the student’s work, special projects accomplished, new skills being developed and description of the work contributions being made in the host organization.

The internship experience helps the student crystalize their future job focus, the related skills they are developing and the selection of the type projects they will complete during that internship. Students complete these internships with an improved sense of confidence and job focus, are better able to communicate successfully both verbally and in writing, and how to readily engage with their future employers and staff.

Best wishes,

Dr. Erlyana,Ph.D
Associate Professor/Coordinator, HCA Internship Program

Contact

For more information about the CSULB HCA Internship Program, please e-mail Internship Coordinator Erlyana Erlyana.