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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 comprehensive exposure to the foundation principles of business that are needed to manage functions common to any enterprise.


A combination of work experience in the health care field and strong business and management skills should lead to the best opportunities. Health care industry employers include medical care providers, government agencies, health maintenance organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and medical equipment suppliers. In choosing a career in health care management, your first job may be an entry- to mid-level management position in a specialized area such as:
  • Medical staff relations
  • Nursing administration
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Human resources
  • Patient care services


*• Projected industry growth of 16% through 2018• Median annual salary, May 2008: $80,240*Bureau of Labor Statistics: 2008-2018 employment projections. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2008-2018).


Upon completion of this program, students 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 a health care setting.
  • Develop an understanding of the health care environment to include delivery models, economics, policies, risk management, global issues,and quality measurement in health care.


  • Program entry requires an associate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. (Equivalent to an associate degree is defined as 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits which include at least one English composition course and one application software course). 
  • An additional 25 quarter-credits (17 semester credits) in general education and elective courses may be comprised of transfer credits, prior learning credits or courses taken at Cleary University. 
  • Students with a basic understanding of health care terminology must take the prerequisite course HCM 300: Introduction to Health Care Management.
  • BBA core and major courses must be taken through Cleary University. No transfer or substitution is permitted.

Credits Required


Required Courses

  • HCM 400 - Quality Management in Heath Care

    This course surveys institutions, attitudes, and behavior related to the quality of health care in the United States. Topics studied include quality of service delivery, quality planning, physician-patient relationships, safety of health care, quality of health services research, health care evaluation and benchmarking, technology assessment, and clinical research related to quality of care.

  • HCM 420 - Health Care Business

    Strongly current-events driven, this class focuses on such topics as access to care, cost containment, health benefit plans, health economics, utilization review, disease management, information technology, medical technology, fraud and abuse, transparency of performance, pharmacology and biotechnology, volunteerism, quality, and patient safety. The impact of these topics on the business of health care will be studied.

  • HCM 430 - Marketing Health Care Services

    This course studies the issues facing healthcare marketers including e-health, direct-to-consumer marketing, legislative developments, healthcare ROI, customer-driven health care, competition, and database marketing. Students will learn about various aspects of marketing through case analysis, development of a health care business marketing plan, and active classroom discussions.

  • HCM 440 - Health Care Informatics

    This course provides the student with an understanding of health information technology and how it is designed to support clinical and managerial decision making in health care. Emphasis will be placed on the collection, storage, retrieval, and communication of data; as well as information safeguards, ethical and legal issues, and patient safety and quality of care issues that relate to data storage and transmission. Electronic medical records models and basic hardware and software concepts are
    addressed, including the impact that this technology will have on patient care.

  • HCM 450 - Global Health Issues

    This course examines the effects of poverty and economic inequality on health. Major global health problems will be discussed with particular emphasis on malnutrition, AIDS, and infectious diseases. Possible solutions will be explored. The mission and performance of global health institutions will be discussed. Comparative health care systems will be studied.

  • LAW 410 - Legal Issues in Health Care

    The focus of this course is on the regulatory environment of health care including HIPAA, COBRA, Medicaid, Medicare, medical malpractice, and health care reform measures, as well as ethical theory and practice applications for the health care profession. The student will analyze trends in public policy and politics, and use case studies that focus on regulatory and ethical issues a health care professional will confront.

  • HCM 300 - Introduction to Health Care Management

    This course examines a wide variety of health care settings, from hospitals to nursing homes and clinics and will provide an introduction to medical terminology and the important issues in health care management such as ethics, cost management, strategic planning and marketing, and information technology. This course is designed for the student who has no relevant health care industry work experience and intends to earn a BBA in Health Care Management. It also serves as an introduction to this field for students who may have an interest in Health Care Management.

  • ACC 400 Accounting for Managers

    This course highlights fundamental business accounting. The focus includes the accounting cycle and financial statement preparation (primarily the income statement and balance sheet); basic cost concepts, budget preparation, and relevant cost analysis.

  • ENT 405 - Creativity and Innovation

    Creativity, innovation, and risk taking are essential to the success of the entrepreneur. This class will aid students in unlocking their inner potential and focus on “thinking outside the box”. Students will also learn strategies for dealing with rejection and negativity.

  • FIN 410 - Managerial Finance

    Students will receive foundation information regarding important concepts, issues, and tools needed to effectively finance and fiscally manage a business organization. Emphasis will be placed on establishing realistic start-up costs, financial planning and control, and cash flow analysis.

  • MGT 400 - Management Skills Seminar

    This course provides students with the tools to successfully inspire, empower, and develop people. Students will learn advanced skills in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling individuals and teams. Skill development topics such as meeting facilitation, communication, conflict management, and stress and time management will be studied. Current trends will be featured.

  • MTH 330 - Analysis for Business

    This course provides a general understanding of basic statistical analysis for business. Areas of study include probability, random variable, discrete and continuous distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence interval, correlation, and regression.

  • ORN 101 - Foundations in Undergraduate Studies

    This online course includes an on-campus student component. It prepares the student to be successful in Cleary University's undergraduate academic program. Students learn how to use Cleary’s course management software, receive an introduction to Cleary's electronic research tools and library services, and review the writing process. Academic policies are reviewed and student skills are measured. Successful completion of this course is a degree requirement.

  • BAC 300 - Business Research and Communication

    This course introduces the transfer student to academic resources: distance technology; project-based learning; working in teams; academic policies, processes and expectations; and the accelerated learning environment. Cleary’s online environment is introduced and explained. Students learn how to use electronic resources to conduct research, analyze findings, and report results in written and oral form. The research and writing processes are introduced and used to create academic papers and business reports. Plagiarism and academic ethics are discussed and students learn how to properly acknowledge research sources using APA format. Students learn to make effective formal presentations for local and remote audiences.

  • MGT 340 - Managing Projects and Processes in Organizations

    This course is designed to provide basic project management skills with a strong emphasis on issues and problems associated with delivering successful application projects. The course will address the particular issues encountered in handling projects and will offer students methods, techniques, and hands-on experience in dealing with successful project completion.

  • PJT 491 - Professional Project I

    This course allows a student to complete an individualized project on a topic selected and planned with the faculty mentor. Preference is given to selecting topics that solve problems or make contributions for the students’ employers by applying business concepts students learned in their majors. Project types may include: a new venture or product plan, a process or product improvement, or an analysis of a significant workplace problem. PJT 491 is designed to complete five important goals: (1) identify the problem statement or topic, (2) write the problem (topic) description, (3) write the project plan, (4) begin the literature review, and, (5) plan and begin gathering information or data needed to support project development. Some project types will follow different goals that the faculty mentor and student will create. The student and the mentor engage in discussions regarding possible topics for the Professional Project. The discussions should focus on the background experiences and academic major of the student. Upon selection of a topic, discussions shift to the mechanics of constructing the series of drafts that lead to the final document required for PJT 491. PJT 491 is a required class. Students must earn a final grade of C or better to move to PJT 492.

  • PJT 492 - Professional Project II

    PJT 492 builds upon the work completed in PJT 491 and involves data analysis, evaluation of alternatives, development of recommendations, and writing the project report. The student begins to present the results/findings of the research conducted. A draft of all inferences made from the data is presented, as are any charts and/or tables that support those inferences. PJT 492 will address two important goals: (1) interpret and discuss the findings of the research and (2) understand and apply recommendations and conclusions to the quantitative research. Successful completion of PJT 492 requires a C grade or higher.