The Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Care Management is a degree program designed to provide preparation in management for the health care industry. Courses in the major address current management issues and challenges confronting professionals in the health care field. Core courses provide a comprehensive exposure to the foundation principles of business that are needed to manage functions common to any business enterprise.
Our faculty use case studies, project-based learning, and other teaching methods that promote real-world decision making. Students will apply common business practices through online and on-campus courses, working individually and in group projects in both settings. Course work emphasizes good critical thinking skills and the development of ethical leadership. Class discussions revolve around both classical issues and current trends that the business enterprise might face. The Senior Project courses require the students to integrate course outcomes into a customized application project.
The Health Care Management BBA degree is delivered by combining synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Students are required to complete their first year college courses and have a basic understanding of health care terminology before joining the Health Care Management major cohort. The associate’s degree may be completed after completing Cleary University courses and transferred to meet degree requirements for the BBA. Students who have earned an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are also eligible to enroll in this program.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2014, as the health care industry continues to expand and diversify.” A combination of work experience in the health care field and strong business and management skills should lead to the best opportunities. Health care management employers can be any of the following types of firms:
- Dental practices
- Health insurance organizations
- Health care associations
- Nursing homes
- Physician practices
- Mental health departments
- Rehabilitation centers
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Universities and research institutions
In choosing a career in health care management, your first job might be an entry- to mid-level management position in a specialized area such as:
- Government relations
- Human resources
- Information systems
- Patient care services
- Marketing and public affairs
- Medical staff relations
- Nursing administration
- Material management (purchasing of equipment and supplies)
Program Learning Outcomes
When evaluating candidates for management positions, employers look for appropriate education, health care work experience, general management skills, leadership skills, business planning skills, and quantitative skills. Upon completion of this degree, the graduate will be able to:
- Describe effective management strategies needed to achieve successful outcomes in the health care system
- Demonstrate achievement of business skills in the health care management areas of budgeting, human resources, strategic planning, marketing, and information technology
- Integrate knowledge of ethical practice and legal responsibilities into the management role in the health care setting
- Develop an understanding of the health care environment to include delivery models, economics, policy, risk management, global issues, and quality measurement in health care
Student Entry Requirements
The Health Care Management BBA entry requirements are designed to ensure a high quality academic experience and student success.
Admission to the Health Care Management BBA requires:
- Admission to the Health Care Management BBA requires:
- An awarded Associate Degree from a regionally accredited institution, or a minimum of 90 transfer quarter-credits (60 semester credits) that satisfy a credit distribution requirement.
- An additional 25 quarter-credits in general education and elective courses. This requirement can be comprised of transfer credits, prior learning credits, or courses taken at Cleary University.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in transfer courses.
- Students without a basic understanding of health care terminology must take the prerequisite course HCM 300: Introduction to Health Care Management.