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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Certificate in Health Care Administration


Program Information (Code HCA_CT01)

Note: Students may only pursue the certificate program in combination with an undergraduate CSULB degree program.

The Certificate Program in Health Care Administration is comparable to a minor of 18 semester units and, with prerequisite course work, may require a maximum of 24 semester units for completion. Components of the program include the forms of organization and operation of health care systems, human resources management, leadership and development, financial management, and marketing. The Certificate may be combined with major programs from a variety of fields including, but not limited to, behavior and natural sciences, humanities, health professionals, business and public administration, and social work and is conferred as a post-baccalaureate certificate or concurrently with the BS/BA.

Health care administrators are usually prepared at the masters' degree level for job entry into upper management. There is, however, an increased emphasis to prepare health care professionals to function as managers at other levels as well. Increasingly, physicians are also seeking preparation in the elements of management. These diverse groups use management skills in such health organizations as hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, health maintenance organizations, health planning and regulatory agencies, group medical practices, health insurance firms, pharmacy and medical companies.


Requirements

  1. Concurrent enrollment in any bachelor's program at CSULB (except for Health Care Administration).

  2. A minimum GPA of 2.4 in all completed coursework.

  3. Junior-class standing.

  4. Program Director or Academic Advising and Resource Center approval.

  5. Completion of the following courses (24 units total):

    ACCT 201: Financial Accounting
    ECON 101: Microeconomics
    HCA 300: The Health Care System
    HCA 312: Health Personnel Management
    HCA 341: Financial Management of Health Care Institutions
    HCA 353: Marketing for Health Services Organizations
    HCA 410: Health Management and Organization
    HCA 450: Quality Assurance in Health Care

For a sample course syllabus, please click above on the course number; for course descriptions, please click here.

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