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BS in Health Care Administration, Leadership, FlexPath option

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration specialization in Leadership focuses on providing a foundation upon which learners can build their professional skills surrounding effective change management and the leadership of high performance teams in a variety of complex, dynamic health care environments. The specialization curriculum emphasizes evidence-based best practices for change leadership, planning and marketing, patient safety and quality improvement, health care economics, wellness promotion, team collaboration, and professional development that build a continuous learning system for sustainable health care delivery. Upon successful completion of this specialization, learners are prepared to pursue department-level management positions in a wide range of health care settings. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn a BS in Health Care Administration through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

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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-FPX4004
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Health Care

In this course, learners examine quality improvement and risk management in health care. Learners apply various models to increase the quality of patient care and outcomes, decrease the risk of litigation, and effect positive change. Throughout the course, learners gain an understanding of how to prepare a quality dashboard utilizing common quality improvement tools, including statistical analysis; Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA); Six Sigma; and Rapid Cycle Improvement.

3 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

 

 

18 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-FPX4104
Strategic Leadership and Workforce Planning in Health Care

In this course, learners develop innovative solutions to strategic, tactical, and operational issues in managing health care systems through the combined use of information technology, organizational knowledge, talent management, and critical thinking. Learners enhance leadership qualities that facilitate diverse high-performance teams and create comprehensive and useable data-driven action plans. Learners also gain an understanding of organizational development, productivity management, and health care planning and marketing.

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
BHA-FPX4108
Managing Population Health

In this course, learners investigate epidemiology and its patterns, causes, and effects relative to health and disease conditions across identified populations. Learners identify evidence-based approaches to promote wellness, disease management, and evolving financial reimbursement strategies. In addition, learners gain an understanding of critical factors associated with accountable care organizations and formulate applied research strategies focused on patient engagement.

3 program points
BHA-FPX4110
Health Care Systems and Operations

In this course, learners analyze managerial concepts and their application to the support infrastructure of health care organizations. Learners also investigate issues, trends, and best practices in supply chain management; process improvement; facility layout; quality improvement; resource planning; and facilities management.

3 program points
BHA-FPX4112
Economics of Health Care

Learners in this course examine historical perspectives and current trends in the health care industry and analyze its unique economic structure. Learners analyze evolving reimbursement trends, methods, and technology and identify the political, legal, regulatory, organizational, and demographical implications of business decisions on health care economics. Learners also evaluate the ways in which economic and stakeholder influences affect operational planning and decision making.

3 program points

 

 

Elective courses

 

 

25.5 program points

 

Choose 22.5 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.