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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Academic Advising Information

Undergraduate Programs: Please visit or contact the CHHS Advising Center (562-985-2691) at HSD-117 (map).

Graduate Programs. Please contact Natalie Whitehouse-Capuano, the Accelerated Program Coordinator (at 562-985-5414 or via e-mail) or Deby McGill, Health Care Administration Department Coordinator (at 562-985-5694 or via e-mail).

The academic advising process is very important to any degree-seeking student at CSULB. Whether your academic plan is the pursuit of a HCA certificate or of a BSHCA or MSHCA degree, the Department of Health Care Administration faculty will work toward ensuring your success.

Academic advising is a partnership between you and your advisor; you each have responsibilities in the advising process. You can help your advisor by: 1) having transcripts and other information available about prior coursework, and 2) completing all prerequisite courses, preferably before or within two semesters of declaring the major or being admitted into the graduate program.

Why is advising so important? There are several key reasons:

First, advising allows students the opportunity to know their academic options.

HCA offers four separate academic programs to meet the needs of all students:

Second, advising allows students to learn the requirements for their area of study.

You'll find specific program requirements outlined in the catalog. These requirements are also discussed by your advisor during academic advising.

  • General Education Requirements: These are the basic courses like mathematics and English that are required as a part of every BS degree program.
  • Major Requirements: These requirements are based on your choice of major and can be discussed with your advisor.
  • Limited-Access Courses: Acceptance to these courses may be based on attainment of certain prerequisite courses or a required minimum GPA. Not everyone who tries to register for this type of courses is accepted. Check with your advisor to find out if the course of interest has limited access.
  • Third, advising can bring awareness to students about college policies and procedures.

    CSULB's policies and procedures are outlined in the University Catalog.

Finally, advising is essential to developing an academic plan.

An academic plan is your course of action outlining what courses you will need to take when and prepare you to graduate.

  • During your first term at CSULB, you should meet with an advisor to establish an academic plan which will put you on track to graduate on time.
  • After you've set up your plan with an advisor, each semester before registering, you should do some thinking and planning. Review the Catalog to become familiar with your major, general education requirements, and the CSULB policies and procedures. Your advisor can guide you in decision-making, but the choices are yours to make.
  • Advisors can be reached during office hours, by e-mail, phone, or regular mail. If you are unable to make contact with your advisor during office hours, you may e-mail or call him or her to set up an appointment.
  • It is your responsibility to seek out your advisor and make contact with him or her. Two specific times would be at mid-term to discuss your grades and academic progress, then again when it is time to pre-register for the next semester's classes.

For specific advising information and forms, select one of the following levels of study:

  1. Undergraduate Advising
  2. Graduate Advising

To view HCA class schedules, please go the CSULB Schedule of Classes web site.

For information on GE requirements, please visit the CHHS Advising Center at HSD-117 (map) or call 562-985-2691.