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HCA 2000 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
A study of the United States health care delivery system, its nature,
organization, and functions. Study how providers, managers, and consumers
interact in the health care system. Investigation of career opportunities
in the healthcare industry and the qualifications and responsibilities
associated with them. Focus is on critical thinking and problem solving
in management settings. This course is offered every fall semester.
HCA 2300 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (3 s.h.)
This course introduces prefixes, suffixes, and root words used in the
language of medicine. Topics include medical vocabulary and the terms
that relate to anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment
of the conditions that can affect the eleven systems of the human body.
Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, understand
and interpret over 11,000 medical terms as related to the body’s
systems and their pathological disorders. Offered every fall and spring
semester and online every semester.
HCA 3050 MANAGING HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS
An introduction to the overall management of health-related organizations.
Emphasis is on integrating fundamental tools, concepts, applications and
principles as a basis for successful management of a health-related business.
Focus is on managerial leadership, problem solving and critical thinking
within contemporary health care-related organizations. This course is
offered every spring semester.
HCA 3300 HEALTH CARE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (3
An introduction to the strategic management process in health care organizations.
Provides the concepts and theories pertaining to strategic planning/management
and marketing approaches to patients, medical staff, and other major stakeholders.
A comprehensive approach to translating the strategic plan of the organization
into a functional marketing plan that can assist in operational decision-making.
This course is offered every fall semester.
HCA 3400 HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
HCA 3500 ECONOMICS AND FINANCE OF HEALTH CARE
ORGANIZATIONS (3 s.h.)
An introduction to health economics and financial management applications
in health-related organizations. Specific information is presented concerning
reimbursement systems, insurance, accounting, Medicare/Medicaid, investment
decisions, capital financing, government regulations, liability issues,
accessibility, budgeting, and human resources. National health insurance
and state/local initiatives will be discussed. Prerequisites: HCA 2000
or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every fall semester.
HCA 3600 HEALTH CARE INFORMATICS (3 s.h.)
The course covers fundamental concepts of management information systems;
current and developing health and business information systems of interest
to managers in health services organizations; healthcare information system
architecture; security and privacy issues; uses of healthcare information
for clinical and strategic analysis and decision support; techniques required
to develop and evaluate an information system request for proposal; and
thoughts on the future of healthcare information systems including community
health and web-based access to health information. The course will also
cover current information and issues regarding the latest technology applications.
Offered Online every fall semester.
HCA 4100 MANAGED CARE AND MEDICAL GROUP PRACTICE
MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)
A course focusing on the managed health care arena and the relationship
of medical group practice management to the constantly changing environment
of managed care. Students receive a strong background in many facets of
managing a medical group practice and concepts/practices of managed care
in health care delivery systems. Emphasis is on integrating concepts and
management theory with specific skills and competencies to improve the
student’s success in the ever-changing demands of medical group
practice management. Prerequisites: HCA 300, or permission of instructor.
This course is offered every spring semester.
HCA 4200 LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)
A study of the modern long-term care center as it has evolved over time.
Analysis of the various settings for long-term care such as nursing homes,
assisted living facilities, retirement homes, home health care, and adult
day health care centers. Issues of medical organization, legal, financial,
human resources, and current topics are discussed. Offered as needed.
HCA 4400 MEDICAL CODING (3 s.h.)
A course focusing on the managed health care arena in terms of the translation
of diagnoses, procedures, services, and supplies into numeric and/or alphanumeric
components for statistical reporting and reimbursement purposes. Emphasis
is on integrating concepts with assessment of billing options for solid
claims process to ensure the appropriate compensation for ambulatory services
rendered. Prerequisite: HCA 230. This course is offered every fall semester.
HCA 4500 HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION RESEARCH
METHODS SEMINAR (3 s.h.)
The capstone course for the health care administration major and it synthesizes
material from entire curriculum. The focus is upon the health care administrator
as a professional. Classroom material is integrated with experimental
learning through a major research project. This course is offered every
HCA 4700 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE POLICY
The student examines significant health care policy issues. Special emphasis
is given to public policies with broad implications, such as Medicare,
regulation, and financial assistance for the uninsured. The process of
policy decision making is explored. Methods and approaches for the research
of policy issues are reviewed. This course is offered every spring semester.
HCA 4800 INTERNSHIP (3 s.h.)
Learning operational aspects of the health care industry through a minimum
of 200-hour work experience via placement within a health care facility
or related organization. Supervision and evaluation are conducted by a
faculty member and an on-site preceptor. Weekly classroom contact and
written reports with the instructor is required. Placement involves discussions
with student, faculty, and on-site preceptor. The intern develops managerial
skills through varied experiences in the performance of administrative
tasks and through direct participation in the problem-solving process.
Prerequisites: HCA 200 or permission of the instructor. This course is
offered every spring semester.
HCA 4850 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
Studies in specialized, upper-level applications of health care administration
theory and practice. This course is offered as needed.
HCA 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage
in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty
advisor, the supervising professor, and the department head before approval
by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined. This
course is offered as needed.
2000 Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Offered every Fall & Spring Semester. (3 s.h.)
An introductory course designed to cover the responsibilities and standards
governing paralegal/legal assistants. An overview of the major specialty
practice areas within the law, with an emphasis upon the research and
analysis methods for each specialty area to include research methods involving
career opportunities are part of the course. Legal terminology and Communications
will be emphasized. Legal ethics is an integral part of this course. The
introductory class has a dual purpose: to give an overview for the field
of practice; and to give the students sufficient knowledge and expertise
to choose from the Elective course offerings. Legal Terminology and Communications
are two of the law subjects that are tested in the Certified Legal Assistant
3860 Contract Law & Tort Law
Offered Spring Semester, odd-numbered years. (3 s.h.)
The course covers the legal foundations of Contract Law and Tort Law.
The law principles and the law practices for each of these subject areas
shall be covered. The Contract Law component also covers Federal government
contracting principles and practice. Remedies applicable to both areas
are a part of this course. Legal ethics is an integral part of the course.
Contract Law is one of the law subjects that are tested in the Certified
Legal Assistant Examination.
4300 Medical Ethics
Offered every Fall Semester. (3 s.h.)
After a brief consideration of ethical theory, this course will examine
selected ethical issues raised by clinical practice, medical theories,
and biomedical research and technologies.
3010 Introduction to Gerontology
Offered as needed. (3 s.h.)
Aging, including historical perspectives; demographic trends; psychological
and physiological processes of later life; and social role behavior in
such areas as retirement, politics, religion, family life, housing, death,