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Learn the principles and skills you need to successfully manage a healthcare department. This degree program covers a broad spectrum of administrative skills so that when you graduate, you will have the diversity and the experience needed to become an effective manager and stay at the top of your field. A minimum of 90 quarter credits beyond the associate's degree or equivalent is required for graduation.
Our Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management program prepares graduates for employment in occupations such as Medical and Health Services Managers (11-9111.00). The total tuition and fees for this program is $ 54,576, including books. Independence University does not provide housing, so no room and board fees apply. Graduates of our Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management program have an on-time completion rate of N/A and a job placement rate of N/A. The median Title IV debt for this program is N/A, the median non-Title IV debt is N/A, and the median loan debt is N/A. Our Net Price Calculator can help you see how you can afford college.
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This course provides an introduction to business accounting. Topics include accounting concepts and principles, financial statements, internal control design, and accounting for partnerships.
Introduction to Biology
This course provides an integrated exploration of the fundamentals of biology with an emphasis on the application of biology to human concerns. Topics include plants, animals, microbes, the nature and the origin of life, genetics, evolution, and ecology.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
This course introduces students to the structure and the function of the various body systems, including how these systems interact and affect one another. Emphasis is placed on using the precise language of the body as it relates to everyday work in a medical environment. Topics include health and disease; senses; hormones; and the integumentary, skeletal, and nervous systems.
Introduction to Medical Microbiology
This course introduces students to the science of microbiology, with an emphasis on the connection between microbiology and human health. Topics include the activities of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms; genetics; biotechnology; diseases; immunity; and ecology.
Introduction to Chemistry
This course introduces the key concepts and methods of inorganic and organic chemistry with an emphasis on the relationship between chemistry and the environment, medicine, and the function of the human body. Students apply theoretical and practical chemistry to solve problems.
This course provides students with a foundation in the skills and the knowledge needed for today?s technology-based careers. Students study the CPU and memory, input devises and peripherals and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Emphasis is placed on what can go wrong and how to recover. Learners also explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, how they can be used, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. Students prepare to work with different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, presentation creation tools, and more.
Communication Skills for the Workplace
This course develops effective communication skills for success in the workplace. Emphasis is on building students? skills in areas such as writing letters, emails, memos, and reports; composing and delivering oral presentations; listening; working in groups; using positive emphasis; and revising.
This course provides a research-based, thorough overview of health communication, balancing theory with practical advice that encourages students to develop their own communication skills. The major topics covered include the perspectives of the caregiver and the patient, culture?s role in health and healing, the history of healthcare, current healthcare issues, diversity among patients, and the impact of technology on health communications.
This course focuses on microeconomic concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, and wage and price movements.
This course focuses on macroeconomic concepts. Topics include inflation, the cause and effects of interest rates, the dollar and the foreign trade deficit, productivity growth rate, and the federal budget deficit.
This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be effective communicators. Students will apply interpersonal communication skills theory to various situations in order to understand the clear connection among theory, skills, and the life situations they will encounter.
Principles of Finance
This course focuses on the foundations of financial management. Emphasis is placed on financial markets, performance measurement, capital budgeting, and management.
Healthcare Financial Administration
This course is designed to build upon the concepts introduced in basic accounting courses and develops proficiency in applying administrative financial techniques in healthcare decision-making.
Healthcare Economics and Policy
This course focuses on the economic models controlling healthcare markets with subsequent investigation of the complex federal, state, and local policies and policymaking processes, which result from those models in the U.S. healthcare systems.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Administration
This course is designed to review the legal responsibilities of physicians, other healthcare workers, and healthcare institutions for which health-related laws and regulations are developed and implemented. Issues involved in healthcare professional ethics are discussed and evaluated.
Health Facility Operations
This course focuses on the concepts and the principles required in the management of healthcare facilities, including facilities design, patient flow systems, disaster and safety planning, patient need and capacity assessment.
Long-Term Care Administration
This course focuses on the application of a health administration core curriculum to specific practice issues in the long-term care setting. Setting specific organization structures, relationships with healthcare providers, services offered, financial management issues, and regulatory issues are investigated.
This capstone course for seniors is designed to provide integration and application of theory through the use of case study analysis.
U.S. History Since the Civil War
This course offers students an overview of how America transformed itself, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The student will learn how dominant and subordinate groups have affected the shifting balance of power in America since 1863. Major topics include: reconstruction, the frontier, the 1890s, America?s transition to an industrial society, Progressivism, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, economic and social change in the late 20th century, and power and politics since 1974.
The American Healthcare System
This course provides students with a current overview of the changing roles and the component parts of the U.S. healthcare system. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing the technical, the economic, the political, and the social forces responsible for these changes. Resources, systems processes, outcomes, and health policy are also addressed.
Management in the Healthcare Industry
This course provides a complete overview of proven management techniques, principles, and procedures.
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop, in conjunction with their approved preceptor, the practicum project they will implement. Students will begin working on the implementation of the approved project. (Prerequisite: Completion of all coursework)
This course provides students with an opportunity to continue working on implementation of their approved practicum project. Students will complete the project and submit their final report as outlined in the internship agreement. (Prerequisite: HSM 489)
Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.
Statistics for Healthcare Professionals
This course provides students with an introductory level foundation of statistical concepts related to healthcare research and practice. Topics include data organization and management, statistical significance, and common parametric/nonparametric statistical techniques, such as t-tests, correlation, and chi-square. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding, correct application, and interpretation of statistical tests and their results.
Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals
This course focuses on medical terminology including the definition, the pronunciation, the spelling, and the abbreviation of medical terms. Emphasis is placed on how medical terms are formed and the major word parts from which many of the terms are formed.
This course introduces students to medical insurance concepts and practices. The basics of medical coding, filing, and billing are covered, as well as electronic and paper claim forms.
Principles of Management
This course introduces students to management philosophies in today?s changing world. Topics include globalization, ethics, diversity, customer service, and innovation from a managerial perspective.
Human Resource Management
This course focuses on human resource management skills used by business managers in day-today operations. Emphasis is placed on the different aspects of human resource management and practices. Problem-solving and critical-thinking skills are applied to assignments.
In this course, students examine the essential aspects of project management. Emphasis will be placed on project management topics such as modern practices in project management, project planning, project communication, project monitoring, project budgeting, project scheduling, project termination, continuous improvement, and project management information systems.
Principles of Marketing
This course introduces students to the concepts, the analyses, and the activities that surround marketing a product. Emphasis is placed on providing practice in assessing and in solving marketing problems.
Introduction to Pharmacology
This course introduces students to pharmacology with an emphasis on drug therapy and drug interaction. Topics include drug classifications, drug therapy, adverse reactions, drug and food interactions, and patient education.
Introduction to Logic
This course focuses on the techniques for determining the validity of arguments and for analyzing problems in the world. Topics include a discussion of informal fallacies, Aristotelian logic, and symbolic logic.
Modern Issues in Ethics
This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to a broad array of the most pressing contemporary debates in medical ethics. Students will examine the social contexts within which these debates arise. Topics include the foundation of bioethics, research ethics and informed consent, truth telling and confidentiality (medical record confidentiality), genetic control, application of scarce medical resources, impaired infants and medical futility, and euthanasia.
Introduction to Physics
This course introduces students to the key concepts and methods of physics. Emphasis is placed on how physical concepts apply to everyday phenomena.
Psychology of Motivation
This course focuses on the skills necessary to be successful in college including note taking, study skills, writing, finding and using information on the Internet, and reading/understanding collegelevel text. Students are exposed to basic motivation theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles.
Introduction to Psychology
This course introduces students to the science of psychology, beginning with the tiny cells that make up the brain and nervous system and extending to an examination of how people and groups interact with one another. Topics include consciousness, learning and memory, thinking, motivation, emotion, and psychological disorders and their treatment.
This course introduces the student to the intricate relationship between biology and psychology. The student is exposed to the emerging field of biopsychology in which fascinating new discoveries are constantly being made. Major topics include: anatomy of the nervous system, plasticity of the brain, sensory systems and attention, wakefulness and sleeping, emotional behaviors, the biology of learning and memory, and psychological disorders.
Death and Dying
This course focuses on the social and cultural aspects of death, dying, and bereavement. Topics include ethical issues, the dying child, suicide, and the process of grief and bereavement.
Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
This course provides an overview of the laws and the ethics involved in providing medical care to patients. Topics include liability, privacy, contracts, informed consent, ethical issues surrounding birth and death, and ethical use of healthcare resources.
Sociology of Aging
This course focuses on an interdisciplinary approach that provides the concepts, the information and the examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. The course addresses a broad range of societal issues and covers concepts associated with an aging population. It examines the concept of aging on both an individual and a societal level. Major topics include the history of aging in America; physical aging; psychological aspects of aging; personal adaptation to aging; death and dying; community social services; how aging affects personal needs and resources; and government responses to the needs of the aging.
This course focuses on the practical skills needed in statistics analysis. Topics covered include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, proportions, regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice. (Prerequisite: MAT101)
Total Courses: 43Total Credits: 180
Applicants for admission to Independence University must have graduated from an accredited high school, private secondary school, or have completed the equivalent (GED). All students who graduate after January 2006 must provide a high school transcript to check eligibility for the new Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG). In addition, applicants must have Internet access and successfully complete the online readiness test.
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