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Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

Dr. Brian West, Program Director, Healthcare Management
In the Online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management program you’ll discover how to apply business concepts to the healthcare services industry. As you work through your healthcare management courses online, you’ll explore topics like leadership, financial management, healthcare delivery systems, law and ethics, marketing, human resources, risk management, information systems, and strategic planning. Your capstone courses will challenge you to integrate and apply your learnings, as you analyze and explore case studies and practice developing a strategic plan for a healthcare organization. The curriculum for our Online Healthcare Management degree program is carefully designed around recommendations from The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and is led by faculty members who bring a wide variety of industry and academic experiences to their classrooms.

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

The following business programs at South University, Online Programs, the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356; www.acbsp.org).

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management: 180 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 64-68 Credits
Professional Development
ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy, 4 Credit Hours
UVC1000 Strategies for Success, 4 Credit Hours
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics
MAT2058 Statistics, 4 Credit Hours
Choose two additional courses from the following:
MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1500 College Mathematics, 4 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences (choose two)
BIO1020 Biology I, 4 Credit Hours
BIO1021 Biology II, 4 Credit Hours
CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab)

*

BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, 2 Credit Hours
BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab)

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BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, 2 Credit Hours
Note(s):

*If a BS Healthcare Management student chooses to take an Anatomy and Physiology course, only BIO1011 and BIO1013 satisfy the Natural Sciences requirement. Students enrolling in either course must, however, also take the related co-requisite lab courses: BIO1012 and BIO1014 respectively. Students electing this option for their Natural Sciences requirement will complete up to 184 credit hours of work for their degree, depending on their exact choice.

Arts and Humanities (choose two)
ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, 4 Credit Hours
HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E., 4 Credit Hours
HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy, 4 Credit Hours
REL1001 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ECO2071 Principles of Microeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
ECO2072 Principles of Macroeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
Choose one additional course from the following:
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Foundation Requirements: 28 Credits
ACC1001 Accounting I, 4 Credit Hours
ACC1002 Accounting II, 4 Credit Hours
ACC1003 Accounting III, 4 Credit Hours
AHS1001 Medical Terminology, 4 Credit Hours
BUS2023 Business Communications, 4 Credit Hours
HCM1201 Introduction to Healthcare Insurance Coding, Billing, and Reimbursement, 4 Credit Hours
HCM2004 Introduction to Healthcare Management, 4 Credit Hours
Area III Major Requirements: 88 Credits
Core
HCM2005 Healthcare Delivery and Organization, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3002 Economics of Healthcare, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3004 Ethics and Law for Administrators, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3005 Healthcare Finance, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3006 Healthcare Marketing and Strategy, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3008 Health Information Management Systems, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3010 Long-Term Care, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3020 Managed Care, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3046 Managing the Healthcare Workforce, 4 Credit Hours
HCM4002 Risk Management in Healthcare Settings, 4 Credit Hours
HCM4005 Managerial Epidemiology in Healthcare Administration, 4 Credit Hours
HCM4007 Leadership in Healthcare Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
Capstone Sequence
HCM4012 Case Studies in Healthcare Administration, 4 Credit Hours
HCM4025 Strategic Management in Healthcare Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
Elective Pool (eight courses or 32 credit hours)

Transfer students may transfer any course to help fulfill the elective pool requirements, provided the course meets the standards of the Credit for Transcripted and Non-transcripted Work policy found in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.

Non-transfer students, with their advisor's consultation and approval may choose courses from any department recommended and listed course or more broadly from any course offered by South University. Work from other fields must include any required prerequisite courses in the elective field.

A course can be used to meet only one requirement in Area I, Area II, or Area III, but not simultaneously in two areas. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

Choose eight courses from the following list:
BUS1038 Business Law I, 4 Credit Hours
BUS1101 Introduction to Business, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3020 Managed Care, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3030 Federal and State Healthcare Programs, 4 Credit Hours
MGT2037 Principles of Management, 4 Credit Hours
MIS3101 Application of Management Information Systems, 4 Credit Hours
PHE2001 Introduction to Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE3050 Public Health Policy, 4 Credit Hours

**

PRL2100 Introduction to Public Relations, 4 Credit Hours
PSY2010 Abnormal Psychology, 4 Credit Hours

**

SOC2010 Social Problems, 4 Credit Hours

**

Note(s):

** Requires a prerequisite that may or may not satisfy Area I. If not, then prerequisite must be selected as an elective.

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Outcomes

By the end of this bachelor’s in healthcare management degree program, you should be able to:

  • Discuss and apply knowledge of terminology, concepts and principles specific to the healthcare management field.
  • Research, critically analyze, appropriately interpret, and utilize data in problem solving, decision-making, and case study analysis within a healthcare management environment.
  • Utilize appropriate and professional communication skills including appropriate referencing of sources

Career Outlook

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management degree online program is designed to prepare you to handle the responsibilities of entry-level positions at:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Physician practices
  • Insurance organizations
  • Health-related research and development firms
  • Pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

Success Stories

We're committed to helping our graduates make an impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our healthcare graduates have to say.

Laceye A. Parker 2010
Laceye Parker Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Doctor of Pharmacy

“I had always been interested in healthcare, and as a child thought about becoming a physician. But when both my grandfathers became seriously ill, I came to a new appreciation of the vital role that pharmacists play in achieving positive outcomes for patients. As soon as I completed my master's degree, I decided to enter South University's Doctor of Pharmacy program. I've learned through my work at SCDHEC, and in my MBA program and Pharmacy School at South University, is laying a firm foundation for my career as a pharmacist.”

Robyn Smith 2007
Robyn Smith Grad Alumni
Class of '07
Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant

“I had only heard good things about their PTA program and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I find it very rewarding and emotional when a patient of mine who hasn't walked in a while takes steps again. It makes going to work everyday worth it to know that i can help improve the quality of life for some of these people.”

Crystal May 2014
Crystal May Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Bachelor of Sceince in Healthcare Management

“The staff was the heart of my experience at South. The staff worked together to provide a positive learning environment and truly had passion in educating the students. The staff helped me identify my strength and interest in the financial avenue of healthcare, and helped me see the benefits of pursuing this career. South University gave me the tools I need to be successful and validated my capabilities to be a successful professional.”

Allyson Obluck 2017
Allyson Obluck Grad Alumni
Class of '17
Associate of Science in Occupational Therapist Assistant

“I wanted to make a difference and I knew occupational therapy was a hands-on way to improve quality of life for many people. My professors always made the effort to ensure that I understood the material and were constantly encouraging me to be better and do better. All of my experiences throughout my clinical rotations challenged me to think outside the box and to trust my instincts.”

Anna Langley 2014
Anna Langley Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Master of Science in Physician Assistant

“During my [admissions] interview, I really felt like South was a place that professors were encouraging, welcoming, and helpful. I also was drawn to the small groups that they present. I liked the idea of having a faculty member mentor to guide a smaller group of students throughout the entire program. The rigorous nature of the coursework prepared me well for the boards and the ability to be successful in my career. During clinical rotations, I was able to apply what I had learned and gain valuable patient experience that has helped me today”

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