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Accelerated Master's Pathway, BS in Health Care Administration/MHA Option, Health Information Management, FlexPath Option

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

In the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Health Information Management specialization, learners gain an understanding of medical terminology, electronic health records and health information systems, data management, quality management, statistical analysis, data governance, and information security. Upon successful completion of this specialization, learners are prepared to pursue entry-level positions as health information support specialists, health information systems support specialists, patient registrars, health information abstractors, and physician office specialists. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn a BS in Health Care Administration through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

For more information see the Accelerated Master’s Pathway Options section on the Offering Information page.

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Accelerated Master’s Pathway, BS in Health Care Administration/MHA option, FlexPath option

Learners enrolled in the Accelerated Master’s Pathway, BS in Health Care Administration/MHA option, FlexPath option complete the following master’s-level courses in lieu of BHA-FPX4006 and BHA-FPX4102.

 

 

Master’s-level courses

 

 

6 program points

MHA-FPX5010
Strategic Health Care Planning

In this course, learners examine strategic orientation, planning, and decision making in health care organizations and environments. Learners analyze the political, legal, regulatory, organizational, demographical, and multicultural implications of strategic planning decisions and how those decisions impact communities and populations, define best practices for health care organization staff development, and balance the prioritization of organizational and regulatory needs with feasible cost-effective solutions. Learners also develop a long-term strategic health care plan that includes information on human resource requirements, technology needs, and financial implications.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5012 *
Organizational Leadership and Governance

Learners in this course examine and articulate the fundamental concepts and principles of health care organization management and leadership, including governance, cost-effective decision making, and managing and leading stakeholders and staff. Learners identify best practices for mobilizing, managing, and improving employee, organization, stakeholder, and community commitment and for creating employee-centered organizations that foster professional and organizational accountability. Learners also analyze an organizational leadership structure and governance plan and examine how to apply team leadership skills to initiate change. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in MHA-FPX5010.

2 program points
NHS-FPX6004
Health Care Law and Policy

In this course, learners examine the political, legal, and regulatory issues impacting health care organizations and environments. Learners analyze the effects of health care policy on health care practice and service delivery, with particular emphasis on the strategies used to monitor and maintain legal and regulatory compliance. Learners also identify and apply health care policy and law concepts that promote organizational improvement.

2 program points

 

These courses are taken in addition to the general education and remaining required courses.

 

General Education Requirements

A minimum of 22.5 program points; see General Education Courses, FlexPath option. †

 

 

Core courses

 

 

21 program points

NHS-FPX4000
Developing a Health Care Perspective

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and in the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a health care perspective and expand their academic success strategies including organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Learners also develop an understanding of ethics, information literacy, and effective writing. For BS in Health Care Administration, FlexPath option learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

3 program points
BHA-FPX4002
History of the United States Health Care System

Learners gain a historical view of the U.S. health care system and analyze the challenges and successes of an ever-changing and evolving industry from both a private and public health perspective. Learners also investigate health care innovations, regulatory bodies and technology to assess the evolutionary processes in medical education, changing practice, hospital industry growth and the continuum of care.

1.5 program points
BHA-FPX4003
Present and Future State Developments within the United States Health Care System

In this course, learners review developments in health policy and management to better understand the present and future state of the U.S. health care system. Learners also analyze trends and effects on health care services to determine their impact on the health care industry and to predict potential future reforms. Learners also gain knowledge of health policy; health reform; access, cost, and regulatory issues; and stakeholder influence.

1.5 program points
BHA-FPX4006
Health Care Regulation and Compliance

In this course, learners analyze local, state, and federal health care laws and evaluate their applicability and effect on patient rights, care, and confidentiality; human resources; and organizational and professional licensure. Throughout the course, learners develop and demonstrate competence in applying standards to meet requirements of governing bodies and various agencies with regulatory oversight authority. Learners also investigate fraud and abuse, risk management, business ethics, and corporate compliance.

3 program points
BHA-FPX4008
Health Care Budgeting and Reporting

Learners in this course acquire an understanding of inventory control, budgeting, financial statements, and reporting. Learners also demonstrate competence in preparing budgets for their scope of responsibility as health care professionals.

1.5 program points
BHA-FPX4009
Health Care Reimbursement Systems

Learners in this course examine current trends and traditional methods of payment in the health care industry. In particular, learners examine hospital, physician, third-party, state, and federal reimbursement systems and gain an understanding of the organizational revenue cycle process and payor contracting.

1.5 program points
BHA-FPX4010
Introduction to Health Care Research

In this course, learners examine health care research methodologies to assess access, quality, and cost as well as related marketing research and planning. In particular, learners strengthen their knowledge of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research designs in order to better understand the needs, expectations, and social norms involved within the health care delivery system.

3 program points
BUS-FPX4121
Ethics in Health Care Management

The focus of this course is on the ethical principles that guide health care management practices. Learners examine the role of personal moral integrity in ethical health care leadership, as well as the external and internal forces that influence health care management. Finally, learners also analyze a variety of ethical dilemmas that health care leaders face in today’s rapidly changing health care environment.

3 program points

 

 

Specialization courses

 

 

27 program points

BHA-FPX4102
Leadership and Communication in Health Care Organizations

Learners in this course gain awareness of their personal leadership style and develop communication approaches appropriate for a diverse set of stakeholders. Learners also build their knowledge and skills in cultural competence, effective teamwork, coaching, cross-functionality, and collaboration through the use of authentic, real-world scenarios.

3 program points
BHA-FPX4106
Introduction to Managing Health Care Information

Learners in this course integrate essential informatics concepts into health care administration and manage the health care information lifecycle. Learners analyze information system applications to make evidence-based decisions that maximize the efficiency and quality of departmental workflow. Learners also analyze the application of methods to improve the management of patient data, clinical knowledge, population data, and other information relevant to patient care and community health.

3 program points
HIM-FPX4610
Medical Terminology

Learners in this course develop an understanding of medical terminology used within health care. Learners analyze prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining forms, and practice correctly pronouncing, spelling, and using medical terms in the appropriate contexts.

3 program points
HIM-FPX4620 *
Data Management in Health Information Systems

In this course, learners examine the operational and financial principles of managing health data from multiple source systems. Learners gain and demonstrate an understanding of various data integration tools and techniques used to support clinical information systems, including data warehousing, batch processing, and interface engines. Learners also examine and apply network and database design and architecture and their effects on source system development. Prerequisite(s): HIM-FPX4610.

3 program points
HIM-FPX4630 *
Statistical Analysis for Health Information Management

In this course, learners develop a working knowledge of basic statistical strategies and tools used to analyze and interpret health care data, including pattern recognition; data classification; and data mining, modeling, and sampling. Learners also evaluate the resources that provide health care information and support health information integrity and data quality. Prerequisite(s): HIM-FPX4610. 

3 program points
HIM-FPX4640 *
Electronic Health Records and Health Information Systems

Learners in this course build their knowledge of health data management history and the role of the electronic health record (EHR) in health care organizations. Learners identify the characteristics of the EHR and other clinical systems and evaluate the standards being developed to encourage EHR interoperability and data sharing. Prerequisite(s): HIM-FPX4610.

3 program points
HIM-FPX4650 *
Decision Support and Quality Management in Health Information Management

In this course, learners examine decision-support practices and quality-management techniques used to improve the quality of health care. Learners apply decision-modeling techniques and evaluate the impact of clinical information systems on the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care data. Prerequisite(s): HIM-FPX4610.

3 program points
HIM-FPX4660 *
Information Security, Privacy, and Ethics in Health Care

Learners in this course gain a legal and ethical overview of the health information industry, including the role of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Learners analyze security and privacy issues related to gathering and sharing health data and examine the legal constraints of transmitting data outside the parameters of treatment, payment, and health operations. Prerequisite(s): HIM-FPX4610. 

3 program points
HIM-FPX4670
Health Information Systems and Management

Learners in this course examine health care systems and health information management in the United States. Learners examine organizational relationships, business associations, and market forces that affect the health care system. In particular, learners build knowledge of leadership and management theories for health care systems and health information management.

3 program points

 

 

Elective courses

 

 

16.5 program points

 

Choose 16.5 program points of additional undergraduate courses. †

 

 

Capstone course

 

 

3 program points

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

BHA-FPX4020
Health Care Administration Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of the BS in Health Care Administration degree program. Learners demonstrate the technical and applied health care administration knowledge and the critical thinking and communication skills needed to effectively influence a diverse and dynamic health care environment, develop innovative solutions for managing U.S. health care systems, and apply continuous improvement and quality management processes to improve organizational and patient outcomes. For BS in Health Care Administration, FlexPath option learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

3 program points

 

 

Total

 

 

90 program points

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details. 

† Learners in this degree program choose general education and elective courses from the FlexPath (-FPX) course list.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.

Nevada residents must complete POL-FPX1110 as part of their general education requirements.