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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Certificate in Health Care Administration

 

Students may only pursue the certificate program in combination with a CSULB degree program.


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.

 
Program Information (Code HCA_CT01)


The Certificate in Health Care Administration is comparable to a minor of 24 units. 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, behavioral and natural sciences, humanities, health professions, business and public administration, and social work.

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Requirements:

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

  1. Minimum GPA of 2.4 in all completed coursework.

  2. Junior standing.

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

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

    ACCT 201: Financial Accounting (3)
    Prerequisite: None.

    ECON 101: Microeconomics (3)
    Prerequisite: MATH 103 or higher. 

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

    HCA 312: Health Personnel Management (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 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.

(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).