Healthcare Administration

Students enter the healthcare administration major after earning an associate degree in an approved Applied Science area (such as Nursing, Radiation Therapy and Healthcare Support) with at least a 2.7 grade point average.  This major allows students to earn a baccalaureate healthcare administration degree without any additional clinical courses.

Graduates with a healthcare administration degree are prepared to work in a variety of healthcare administration jobs such as director of nursing, healthcare administrator, health information manager, health service manager, hospital administrator, medical director, nursing home administrator, nursing recruiter, etc.

The healthcare administration degree is available in the campus program as well as through online classes in the Woods Online program.

Ready to pursue a master’s degree? Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College now offers a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree to help you advance in your career.

General Studies:

Meet SMWC general studies course requirements; must take the following as a requirement of the major:

  • MA 253 Statistics is required
  • PS 111 General Psychology is required
  • Proficiency in Computers (Test required) (2 hours)

Core Courses

27 hours total

Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches.

Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs.

Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool.

Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed.

Introduction to roles of professionals in meeting standards of regulatory agencies and voluntary organizations in healthcare delivery systems. Application of the concepts of financial management within healthcare organizations. This will include: budgeting, financial planning principles, reimbursement procedures, governmental regulation, and legal restraints.

This course is intended to teach the skills needed to keep organizations competitive in the constantly changing healthcare environment. The course discusses developments in the healthcare field that require managers to have heightened skills in strategic planning and competitive analysis. The course also examines the models that exist for delivering quality service to consumers and how to build a base of loyal customers.

An introduction to ethical issues in the helping professions and the legal context of the practice, with emphasis on the development of ethical competence for the undergraduate helping professional.

Provides an overview of crisis theory and interventions for working with clients in crisis. Crisis and conflict management theories, strategies and skills will be examined and applied to a variety of situations including those involving suicide, physical and sexual assault, natural and manmade disasters, grief or traumatic loss and violence in the workplace, the home, or the school.

Human Resource Management Track

15 hours total

Studies the processes in the personnel management system to meet human resource requirements, develop effectiveness in human resources, create a productive climate and behaviors and develop leadership and decision-making abilities to accomplish individual, organizational and societal objectives. Incorporates results of research in the behavioral sciences and stresses applications in the organizational structure. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Goes beyond the basic foundation of human resources management to focus in more detail on resources management in terms of implementing compensation, providing economic, physical and emotional security for employees, creating a productive work climate, understanding employee rights and discipline, strengthening employee-management relations and understanding global enterprises. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 341.

Examines individual concepts, individual-organizational interface, the organization itself and organizational processes and characteristics. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Covers various legal issues that will face those employed in the human resources field. Some of the topics which may be covered include: compensation issues, equal employment opportunities, affirmative action programs, introduction to OSHA, employment and medical testing, sexual harassment issues, employee rights to privacy, as well as some specific laws such as ADA and NLRA. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 371.

Covers current readings and current and directed topics in the field of human resources management that are not covered in other classes. Topics will change as the field of human resource management changes. Prerequisites: BU 341 and BU 342.