Business: BA in Health Services Administration

The B.A. in Health Services Administration prepares students for entry-level positions in the health field. The program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for administrative positions in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, managed care, and the many other organizations providing health care in American society. The degree integrates courses in the social sciences as well as the liberal arts. An important program component is an internship in a nursing home, hospital, managed care facility, public health agency or other organization during the senior year. Advanced standing is available to qualified majors. This program will also enhance the administrative training of students concerned with the provision of health care and the current health care reform law.

Students must meet undergraduate core curriculum requirements. In addition, the program requires all of the courses specified below.

  1. 127 credits are required for a degree.
  2. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at Marywood University, divided equally between the major and the liberal arts.
  3. All courses in the major should be taken at Marywood University. Courses to complete the liberal arts requirements may be taken at other universities and transferred at the grade level of C or above.
  4. The student must maintain a QPA average of 2.5 in the major and 2.00 overall to graduate as well as be retained in the program.

Program Requirements

63 credits and cognate courses are required, spread across the following disciplines and departments:

I. Five courses in Business Administration to include:

BUS 103 Computer Tools for Management
BUS 121 Principles of Management
BUS 131 Accounting I
BUS 132 Accounting II
BUS 301 Management Information Systems

II. Eight courses in Sociology and Health Services Administration to include:

C J 201 The Juvenile Justice Subsystem
SOC 214 Social Problems
SOC 216 Alcoholism and Other Addictions
SOC 350 Medical Sociology
SOC 451 Social Research
SOC 452 Computer Applications in Social Research
SSCI 425 Children's Rights and Societal Responses
GER 435 Aging and Society (crosslisted SOC 400/HSA 435)
HSA 430 Aging: Issues and Perspectives (crosslisted SW 430/SSCI 430)
HSA 461 Administrative Practicum in Health Care Systems

III. Two elective courses in Social Science to be chosen from:

SOC 216 Alcoholism and Other Addictions
SOC 451 Social Research
SOC 452 Computer Applications in Social Research
PS 311 State and Local Government
HSA/SW/SSCI 425 Children's Rights and Societal Responses

IV. Four courses in Health Services Administration to include:

HSA 520 Introduction to Health Services Administration
HSA 597 Health Services Administration Internship
HSA 599 Health Services Administration Seminar
HSA 537 Managerial Decision Making in Health Care Organizations

V. Cognate courses to include:

ECON 100 Basic Economics
PS 210 American Government and Politics
PS 211 State and Local Government
SOC 218 Anthropology