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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Academic Advising Information

The University has moved advising away from the departments. All Undergraduate advising is conducted through the College of Health & Human Services Academic Advising & Resource Center (AARC): academic-advising or 562.985.2691.

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

The academic advising process is very important to any degree-seeking student at CSULB. Whether your academic plan is the pursuit of a BS or MS Degree, the Department of Health Care Administration faculty work toward assuring 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; 2) completing prerequisite all courses; preferably before or within 2 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 a 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 can 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, go to the Academic Advising Center or call 562/985-2691.