Chair and Professor: Weppner
Associate Professor: Bowman
Assistant Professor: Bartlome
Adjunct Faculty: Adler, Casperson, Ryan
Health care facilities constitute some of the most complex institutions in our society. These facilities and the scope of their services are becoming more responsive to the community they serve. The health care administrator is at the forefront of these activities and is in demand in a number of organizations, including hospitals, extended-care facilities, group practices, insurance companies, state and federal health agencies, educational programs and research institutions. The purpose of the undergraduate program in health care administration at Idaho State University is to prepare students for the wide range of activities needed for administration of health care facilities and to provide service courses for students majoring in other health-related programs. Also, the program is designed to provide students with the basic requirements to pursue a graduate degree in the field. The curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration. Students may enroll in the program at the beginning of any semester and must meet requirements provided below:
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
Courses Which Fulfill Both General Education
Goals and Major Requirements
ECON 201 Economic Principles and Problems 3 cr Goal 12 PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology I 3 cr OR SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr OR ANTH 100 General Anthropology 3 cr TOTAL: 6 cr Other Required Courses in Liberal Arts (9 credits) ENGL 307 Professional Writing 3 cr OR ENGL 308 Business Communications 3 cr ECON 202 Economic Principles and Problems 3 cr MATH 252 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr OR PSYC 227 Basic Statistics 3 cr OR MGT 216 Business Statistics 3 cr TOTAL: 9 cr
Business Core Requirements
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting I 3 cr ACCT 202 Principles of Accounting II 3 cr CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Systems 3 cr OR Equivalent FIN 315 Corporate Financial Management 3 cr FIN 478 Investments 3 cr MGT 261 Legal Environment of Organizations 3 cr MGT 329 Operations/Production Management 3 cr MKTG 325 Basic Marketing Management 3 cr TOTAL: 24 cr
Health Care Administration Core Requirements
HCA 110 Introduction to the Allied Health Professions 2 cr HCA 210 Medical Terminology and Communication 2 cr HCA 350 Organizational Behavior in Health Care 3 cr HCA g375 Health Care Law 3 cr HCA g382 Health Services Organization and Policy 3 cr HCA g383 Epidemiology 3 cr HCA 401 Internship in Health Care Administration 8 cr HCA 453 Health Care Finance 3 cr HCA 455 Health Care Organization Management 3 cr HCA 484 Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations 3 cr HCA 491 Senior Seminar 3 crPlus 2 credits from the following courses:
HCA 451 Hospital Management 2 cr HCA 452 Long Term Care Management 2 cr HCA g473 Marketing For Health Care Organizations 2 cr TOTAL: 38 cr
The student is required to select 51 semester hours of goal and elective courses. Elective courses should be selected according to the student's interests and career needs, inconjunction with a faculty advisor. No more than a total of 32 credit hours (required and elective) may be taken in the College ofBusiness.
The student is strongly encouraged to take the following 3 credits among the 51 semester hours:
CIS 381 Management Information Systems 3 cr
Total required credits for Bachelor of Science in health care administration: 128.
Admission and Program Graduation Requirements
Application forms for admission as a major in health care administration should be requested from the department office. Completed application forms and copies of transcripts of previous college work must be submitted to the department not before the student's second semester, sophomore year. February 15 is the application deadline for admission fall semester and October 15 is the application deadline for admission spring semester. Cumulative college or university grade point averages of 2.5 or higher are required for admittance as a major. The following courses are prerequisites for admission as health care administration major: ACCT 201, CIS 120 or equivalent, ECON 201, ENGL 101 and ENGL 201, HCA 110 AND HCA 210, and MATH (GOAL 3) REQUIREMENT.
Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all business, HCA and required courses. Students who receive a grade of D or below twice in the above required courses will be dropped from the Bachelor of Science program.
Students whose cumulative GPAs fall below 2.5 will be unable to continue in the program until the cumulative average is 2.5 or better.
Health Care Administration Courses
HCA 110 Introduction to the Allied Health Professions 2 credits. Introduction to the allied health professions with emphasis on interrelationships and the team approach to health care. F, S
HCA 210 Medical Terminology and Communication 2 credits. Terminology and vocabulary basic to all areas of medical science, hospital services, and allied health specialties. Enables student to develop skills in correct usage, both written and oral, of medical terms. F
HCA 350 Organizational Behavior in Health Care 3 credits. Study of individual and group behavior in HCOs. Topics include social responsibility and ethics; decision making; motivation; leadership; communication; power, politics and stress; organizational culture, change and development. F
HCA g375 Health Care Law 3 credits. Principles governing application of contemporary law to health care organizations and personnel, standards of care, and liability for breach of care. Examines tort, contract, and statutory law related to health care delivery. S
HCA g382 Health Services Organization and Policy 3 credits. U.S. health care organization and delivery and how governmental policy affects it. Emerging trends, vital statistics, the impact of economics and financing, cost containment, and political aspects will be examined. F
HCA g383 Epidemiology 3 credits. Patterns of disease in populations, with special emphasis on the control of disease and the ecological forces and changes in social structures that influence the occurrence and distribution of disease. S
HCA 401 Internship 8 credits. Exposure to administration of health facilities. Student completes 440 hours within a semester or summer session in approved health facility. PREREQ: HCA MAJOR, SENIOR, AND DEPARTMENT APPROVAL. STUDENT MUST REGISTER THE SEMESTER INTERNSHIP IS TAKEN. Graded S/U. F, S, Su
HCA 451 Hospital Management 2 credits. Topics include hospital governance, medical staff, hospital programs, nursing service, administrator's tasks and functions, management of quality, costs and conflict, unionization and collective bargaining, and government financial regulations. PREREQ: HCA g382. F
HCA 452 Long Term Care Management 2 credits. The management of nursing homes and other long term facilities. Includes supervisory policies, labor relations, human relations, gerontology and geriatrics, nutrition and housekeeping, patient care, reimbursement policies, purchasing, inventory, and financial analysis. F
HCA 453 Health Care Finance 3 credits. Managerial aspects of financial analysis. Includes analysis of financial statements, costs, capital projects, and working capital; Medicare, Medicaid, changes and rate setting under reimbursement schedules; and strategic planning. PREREQ: ACCT 201, FIN 315. S
HCA 455 Health Care Organization Management 3 credits. Applies managerial concepts and roles to HCOs. Examines input-conversion-output models; allocation, utilization, and control of resources; using human resources; personnel considerations, and labor relations. PREREQ: ALL HCA 300 LEVEL COURSES. F
HCA g473 Marketing for Health Care Organizations 2 credits. Current marketing trends in the health care marketplace. Consumer orientation; health care marketing plans and strategy development. PREREQ: MKTG 325. S
HCA 481 Independent Problems in Health Services Administration 1-3 credits. Student selects an area of special interest through independent study. A report will be required giving results. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 elective credits. PREREQ: HCA MAJORS ONLY. D
HCA 484 Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations 3 credits. EEO; job analysis, design, description and evaluation; wage and salary administration; recruitment and selection; personnel testing; assessing employee performance; communication; training and development; and employee discipline. S
HCA 491 Senior Seminar 3 credits. Capstone course. Brings together all learning activities including general education, business, and required health care administration courses. PREREQ: SENIOR, AND COMPLETION OF REQUIRED HCA 300 LEVEL COURSES OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. F, S
Revised: April 17, 1996