Health Services Administration

Bachelor of Arts - BA

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The Health Services Administration major prepares students for entry-level positions in healthcare. 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. A special track focuses upon health care delivery to the elderly. This major integrates courses in the Social Sciences, Business and Public Administration as well as the Liberal Arts for a total of 127 credits. An important program component is an internship in a nursing home, hospital, managed care, public health agency or other organization during the senior year. Advanced standing in the Marywood University's Graduate Department of Nursing and Public Administration is available to qualified majors for a five-year degree option.

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Dr. Alexander R. Dawoody
Associate Professor
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The program benefits from Marywood’s commitment to provide all students with state-of-the-art technology. The program is located in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences, which houses a state-of-the-art, on-campus nursing and health science laboratory.

The undergraduate Health Services Administration major prepares students for entry-level positions in health. 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.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Health Services Administration

Sixty-three credits with cognate courses are required, spread across the following disciplines and departments:

  1. Five courses in Business Administration to include:
    BUS 123 Management and Career Options
    3
    BUS 131 Accounting I
    3
    BUS 132 Accounting II
    3
    BUS 200 Advanced Computer Tools
    3
    BUS 301 Management Information Systems (Prerequisite; BUS 200) 3
  2. Eight courses in Sociology, Social Sciences, and Health Services Administration selected from the following:
    CJ 201 The Juvenile Justice Subsystem
    3
    SOC 214 Social Problems
    3
    SOC 350 Medical Sociology
    3
    SOC 351* Social Research 3
    SOC 452* Computer Applications in Social Research
    3
    HSA 425 Children's Rights and Societal Responses (crosslisted SSCI 425)
    3
    HSA 430 Aging Issues (crosslisted SW 430/SSCI 430)
    3
    HSA 461 Administrative Practicum in Health Care Systems
    3
    GER 435 Aging and Society (crosslisted SOC 400/HSA 435)
    3
  3. Four courses in Health Services Administration to include:
    HSA 420 Introduction to Health Services Administration
    3
    HSA 496 Health Services Administration Internship
    3
    HSA 498 Health Services Administration Practitioners Seminar
    3
    HSA 437 Managerial Decision Making in Health Care Organizations
    3
  4. Cognate courses to include:
    ECON 100 Basic Economics
    3
    PS 210 American Government and Politics
    3
    PS 211 State and Local Government
    3
    SOC 218 Anthropology
    3

Program Requirements for Gerontology

Sixty-three credits with cognate courses are required, spread across the following disciplines and departments:

  1. Five courses in Business Administration to include:
    BUS 123 Management and Career Options
    3
    BUS 131 Accounting I
    3
    BUS 132 Accounting II
    3
    BUS 200 Advanced Computer Tools 3
    BUS 301 Management Information Systems (Prerequisite: BUS 200)
    3
  2. Eight courses in Sociology and Health Services Administration to include:
    SOC 214 Social Problems
    3
    SOC 350 Medical Sociology
    3
    SOC 351* Social Research
    3
    SOC 452* Computer Applications in Social Research
    3
    GER 435 Aging and Society (crosslisted SOC 400/HSA 435)
    3
    HSA 402 Society of Dying and Death (crosslisted SOC 402)
    3
    HSA 430 Aging Issues (crosslisted SW 430/SSCI 430)
    3
    HSA 461 Administrative Practicum in Health Care Systems
    3
  3. Four courses in Gerontology to include:
    GER 510 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology
    3
    OR
    GER 525 Aging Changes and Health
    3
    GER 530 Nutrition and the Elderly
    3
    OR
    GER 520 Psychological Perspectives on Aging
    3
    OR
    GER 429 Planning Healthcare Services for the Elderly
    3
    GER 496 Internship
    3
    GER 498 Practitioner's Seminar
    3
  4. Cognate courses to include:
    ECON 100 Basic Economics
    3
    PS 210 American Government and Politics
    3
    PS 211 State and Local Government
    3
    SOC 218 Anthropology
    3

Academic Facts

  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. 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 2.50 in the major and 2.00 overall to graduate as well as be retained in the program.
  5. *NOTE: MATH 216 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, is a prerequisite for SOC 351 Social Research. SOC 351, in turn, is a prerequisite for SOC 452 Computer Applications in Social Research. (Exceptions to this policy require approval by the student’s advisor and the Sociology Program director.)