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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)

Certificate in Health Care Administration (code HCA_CT01)

Master of Science in Health Care Administration (code HCA_MS01)

Master of Health Care Administration Accelerated Program (code HCA_MS01E1)

Master of Science in Nursing/Health Care Administration Accelerated Program (codeNRSGMC01)

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:
    • HSC 150 Medical Terminology (1)
    • HSC 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
    • HCA 312 Health Personnel Management (3)
    • HCA 340 Legal Aspects of Health Administration (3)
    • HCA 341 Financial Management of Health Care Institutions (3)
    • HCA 353 Marketing for Health Services Organizations (3)
    • HCA 402 The Health Care System (3)
    • HCA 410 Health Management and Organization (3)
    • HCA 416 Management and Information Systems (3)
    • HCA 450 Quality Assurance of Health Care (3)
    • HCA 465 Analysis and Evaluation of Health Care Services (3)
    • HCA 480 Internship in Health Care Administration (3)
    • HCA 481 Internship and Career Development in HCA (3)
  • 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.

Certificate in Health Care Administration (code HCA_CT01)

The Certificate 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 Health Care Administration (code HCA_MS01)

Graduates of HCA degree programs will achieve and demonstrate the following competencies: health care knowledge, leadership, presentation skills (oral communication), written communication skills, career marketability, teamwork, managing change, conceptual skills, managerial decision making, ethical decision making, information management, interpersonal skills, independence, creativity and critical thinking, analytical skills, planning, advocacy and conflict management.

Admission Requirements

Each interested individual should apply to the University at; send official transcripts from an accredited institution to Enrollment Services and pay application fee online. Also, the candidate should prepare an application packet with the following documents and send it to the Department:

  • 1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 9 units of course work that include: accounting, economics and statistics
  • 2. 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 Department Admissions Committee
  • 3. Fill out and submit an MSHCA Application Form (available on HCA website)
  • 4. A current and complete resume including references
  • 5. Statement of Purpose describing your career goals in Health Care Administration
  • 6. Three letters of recommendation
  • 7. Interview with member of faculty or program director may be required.


  • 1. Take the following course (or equivalent): ACCT 201
  • 2. Take one of the following courses (or equivalent):
    • ECON 101, 300
  • 3. Take an introductory statistics course or equivalent.
  • 4. Submit score on recent Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Students should contact the department 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 all of the following core courses:
    • HCA 502 The Health Care System (3)
    • HCA 503 Health Care Economics (3)
    • HCA 505 Organization and Systems of Health Care (3)
    • HCA 510 Human Resources Management in Health Care (3)
    • HCA 515 Adv Financial Management in Health Care (3)
    • HCA 517 Adv Healthcare Info Systems Management (3)
    • HCA 524 Adv Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Admin (3)
    • HCA 530 Strategic Planning/Marketing in Health Care (3)
    • HCA 535 Quantitative Methods for Health Admin (3)
    • HCA 550 Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Services (3)
    • HCA 698A Project Part I (3)
    • HCA 698B Project Part II (3)
    • HSC 500 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • 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
    • 2. HCA 505
  • Second Quarter-Winter
    • 3. HCA 502
    • 4. HSC 500
  • Third Quarter-Spring
    • 5. HCA 524
    • 6. HCA 515
  • Fourth Quarter-Summer
    • 7. HCA 535
    • 8. HCA 510
  • First Quarter-Fall
    • 9. HCA 517
    • 10. HCA 698A
  • Second Quarter-Winter
    • 11. HCA 537
    • 12. HCA 550
  • Third Quarter-Spring
    • 13. HCA 698B
    • 14. HCA 536
  • Fourth Quarter-Summer
    • 15. HCA 530

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

For requirements, see description in the Nursing section of this catalog.