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Health Care Administration

College of Health and Human Services

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Health Care Administration - Programs

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (code HCA_BS01) (120 units)

Admission Requirements


  1. All students must complete a minimum of 13 semester units or the equivalent in prerequisite preparatory course for the major: ACCT 201, ECON 101 or 300, SOC 250 (or equivalent) and BIOL 200 (or equivalent). These courses may be taken after admission to the Program. 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 2.0 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
  2. Complete the prerequisite courses.
  3. Complete the major core course requirements: HCA 312, 340, 341, 353, 402, 410, 416, 450, 465, 480, 481, HSC 150 and HSC 400.
  4. Upper Division (required elective courses): A minimum of 9 additional units from the following: HCA 320, 422I, 439, 451, 452, 470I and 471.
  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.

Master of Science in Health Care Administration (code HCA_MS01)

The goal of the M.S. in Health Care Administration program is to prepare individuals to enter administrative positions in hospitals and ambulatory care centers, managed care, long-term care, and mental health settings as well as in multi-institutional system central offices, governmental health agencies, and other health related organizations. Students completing the M.S. in Health Care Administration will achieve the following objectives: (1) Demonstrate knowledge of the U.S. health care system and fundamental issues affecting the administration of health care services, (2) Demonstrate organizational and managerial knowledge and skills essential to administrative positions in health care services, (3) Demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills in a variety of functional areas in health care administration, including financial management, marketing, job analysis, compensation management, or public policy analysis, (4) Use ethical principles within administrative positions of responsibility in health care services, and (5) Demonstrate the ability to conduct studies in the organization, financing, administration, and operation of health care delivery systems. The program is designed for persons with a variety of undergraduate experiences who give evidence of interest and potential success in health care management and/or research.

Admission Requirements

Each applicant should request that a copy of all college transcripts and GMAT scores be sent to the graduate adviser, Health Care Administration Program, in addition to original transcripts required by the Office of Admissions and Records. In addition, a current resume should be sent to the Program along with three letters of recommendation.

Admission Criteria

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  2. Baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 9 units of course work to include: accounting, economics, and introductory statistics
  3. An applicant must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better. Those applicants with less than 3.0, but with acceptable evidence of professional potential shown through recent academic performance and experiential background, may be admitted by special action of the Program Graduate Committee.
  4. Interview with member of faculty or preceptor may be required
  5. A current and complete resume including references
  6. Submission of scores on recent Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  7. Statement of Purpose
  8. Three letters of recommendation.


The following courses or their equivalent:

  1. ACCT 201
  2. ECON 101 or 300
  3. Introductory Statistics.

Students should contact the Program director for a determination of deficiencies and required remediation.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum 45 units graduate level course work.
  2. Completion of the following core courses: HCA 502, 503, 505, 510, 515, 517, 524, 530, 535, 550, 698A, 698B and HSC 500.
  3. Completion of any two of the following elective courses: HCA 536, 537, 538, 539, 552 or 580.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students will be instructed to apply for advancement to candidacy after:

  1. Completion of 6 units of core course work that applies to the degree with an average grade of “B” or better,
  2. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), and
  3. Approval of Program Director.

Accelerated Program (HCA_MS01E1)

The Master in Health Care Administration Accelerated Program (MSHCA-AP) is designed to prepare working professionals for administrative positions in health care organizations which requires a minimum three years of work experience and combines online and weekend courses. The MSHCA-AP program requires 45 credit hours consisting of 15 core courses. The program offers foundation courses early and more advanced healthcare specific courses later in the program.

Accelerated Education Model

  • YEAR I
    • FIRST Quarter-Fall
      • Orientation - No Credit
      • 1. HCA 503 Health Care Economics
      • 2. HCA 505 Organization and Systems of Health Care
    • SECOND Quarter-Winter
      • 3. HCA 502 The Health Care System
      • 4. HSC 500 Principles of Epidemiology
    • THIRD Quarter-Spring
      • 5. HCA 524 Advanced Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care
      • 6. HCA 515 Advanced Financial Management in Health Care
    • FOURTH Quarter-Summer
      • 7. HCA 535 Quantitative Methods for Health Administration
      • 8. HCA 510 Human Resources Management in Health Care
    • FIRST Quarter-Fall
      • 9. HCA 530 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care
      • 10. HCA 517 Advanced Healthcare Information Systems Management
    • SECOND Quarter-Winter
      • 11. HCA 537 Managed Care
      • 12. HCA 550 Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Services
    • THIRD Quarter-Spring
      • 13. HCA 698A Project Part I
      • 14. HCA 536 Hospital Management
    • FOURTH Quarter-Summer
      • 15. HCA 698B Project Part II

Certificate in Health Care Administration (code HCA_CT01)

The Certificate Program in Health Care Administration is comparable to a minor of 18 semester units and, with prerequisite course work, may require up to 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, behavioral and natural sciences, humanities, health professions, business and public administration, and social work and is conferred as a post-baccalaureate certificate (or concurrently with the BS/BA). The courses taken for the certificate (with a grade of "B" or better) may apply toward the MS program at the discretion of the Program Director.

Health care administrators are usually prepared at the masters’ degree level for job entry into upper management. There is, however, 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 the health services and related fields. These include hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, health maintenance organizations, health planning and regulatory agencies, health management and review companies, group medical practices, health insurance firms, pharmaceutical and medical supply companies.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to the University
  2. A bachelor’s or advanced degree with transcripts (conferred or expected)
  3. Consultation with the Program Director
  4. A minimum of 18 units is required and may include: HCA 312, 341*, 353+, 402, 410 or the equivalent. At the graduate level HCA 502, 505, 510, 515, 530 or equivalent courses are considered for the Certificate Program.
  • * Prerequisite: ACCT 201
  • + Prerequisite: ECON 101

Course substitutions may be made at the consent of the Director.

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Health Care Administration (code NRSGMC01)

The Department of Nursing and Health Care Administration Programs offer a concurrent Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Health Care Administration dual degree available to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in the areas of nursing and health care administration with a practice focus as Advanced Practice Nurses in administration. The concurrent program leading to both degrees represents the core accreditation requirements of each degree. Coursework is integrated between the two degree programs each semester in order to provide an intense learning experience.

The philosophy of graduate nurse education is that the practice of nursing is constantly changing as health needs and health delivery systems are altered. Integral to nursing is an ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other disciplines. The joint Master of Science in Health Care Administration and the Master of Science in Nursing provides the opportunity for students to specialize as advanced practice nurses with emphasis in administration and increasing competence in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in preparation for serving in various health organizations. An important career path for advanced practice nurses is as nurse executive in the variegated segments of the health care industry including entrepreneurial activities. Courses are interdependent and have been structured to provide clinical depth in the areas of nursing and administration.

Each applicant should request that a copy of official transcript of all college course work be sent to the Nursing Department Graduate Advisor and to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelors degree in nursing or currently enrolled in accelerated RN to Masters program. Those nurses with Baccalaureate degrees in health related fields may be conditionally admitted
  2. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in California
  3. Admission to graduate standing at the University
  4. An upper division or graduate course in biostatistics (H/SC 403 or ED P 419)
  5. Public Health Nurse Certificate, or eligibility for certificate in California
  6. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better; an upper division nursing GPA of 3.0 or better and a science GPA of 3.0 or better. Students who fall below these averages will be evaluated on an individual basis
  7. Submission of quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  8. Three letters of recommendation from persons with whom the applicant has worked and who has direct knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications
  9. A separate personal statement of applicant’s reasons for pursuing this field of study and comments about interests and experiences which are germane to career objectives
  10. Current professional resume describing the applicant’s relevant experience.

Advancement to Candidacy

A joint committee, consisting of Nursing and Health Care Administration faculty involved in the program, will review files and make a determination to advance the candidate to graduate status. Student criteria for advancement are as follows:

  • 1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy in Nursing and Health Care Administration
    • A. fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), and
    • B. have at least a 3.0 grade point average for all course work attempted as a graduate student
  • 2. Joint approval by the Department of Nursing and Health Care Administration and the Associate Dean in the College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements for Completion

  1. A minimum of 57 units of approved Nursing and Health Care Administration upper division and graduate level courses including: The Program of Study: NRSG 559, 560, 596, 680A, 680B, 680C, 680AL, 680BL, 680CL, 698, HCA 502, 505, 510, 515, 524, 530, 535, 550, 698
  2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses
  3. Directed project or a thesis
  4. *Graduate degrees obtained previously may be accepted toward meeting a portion of the unit requirements of the concurrent MSN/MSHCA degree program
  5. If a student after entering the concurrent MSN/MSHCA program returns to a single degree program, all requirements for the single degree program must be met
  • * 60% of units must be earned in residence.