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The country’s need for well-prepared health care managers is expected to increase at a rate faster than the average for all other occupations.* Insurance companies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health agencies, outpatient facilities, doctors’ offices, and many other employment settings may need additional college-educated professionals to run their day-to-day operations.
Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in the core disciplines of health care administration and management. As a graduate, you may be well equipped to further your studies and pursue a master's degree.†
The Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration could help prepare you to serve as a health care professional and to pursue supervisory roles industry wide. The program is designed to help you:
With a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Kaplan University, you may be prepared for a wide range of entry-level positions in the health care industry. You may also have a strong foundation to pursue entry-level supervisory roles. Some career opportunities may include: care coordinator, account manager, practice administrator, billing administrator, service coordinator, and case manager.‡
Students enrolled in a School of Health Sciences bachelor’s degree program can choose to complete an accelerated master’s degree option. Designed for high-potential undergraduate students interested in earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, the accelerated option allows you to work toward your bachelor’s degree while simultaneously completing up to five core courses in either the Master of Health Care Administration or the Master of Public Health. If you successfully complete these courses with a minimum course grade, and have applied and been accepted to the applicable Kaplan University master’s degree program, you will enter a shortened version of the master’s degree program.
The accelerated option allows you to earn your Kaplan University bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at a faster pace and lower cost than completing each degree separately. Qualification for the accelerated master’s degree options are subject to eligibility requirements. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
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Jan 08, 2014
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Jan 29, 2014
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Feb 26, 2014
Students will learn how to communicate effectively in their professional field using various writing styles. Students will also identify and further develop their own writing process. Grammar and mechanics will be reviewed, helping students focus on the areas that will improve their writing.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics.
The role of microorganisms and their affect on humans and the environment will
also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as
will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology.
Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological
sciences, nursing, and genetics. (Includes a 1 credit hour lab)
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course explores human resource practices
in health care settings. It addresses a wide range of topics
including staffing, worker safety and security, general
employment practices, performance management, organizational
development, and employee relations. Upon completion of the
course, students will be able to implement/integrate
evidence-based human resource strategies into the day-to-day
management of their departments.
Total Program Credits: 180
In this required introductory course, students will identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations. Students will create a personal education plan, choosing appropriate electives and identifying specific career options based on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals.
This course discusses the scope and practice
of health care administration. Students learn various models of
health care delivery systems and social, political, individual,
and organizational forces that impact health care delivery.
Studies will include marketing, operations, financial, and human
resources management, as well as effective communication
strategies involved in health care
This course introduces the five core
disciplines of public health: health policy and management,
social and behavioral health, biostatistics, epidemiology, and
environmental health. Public health is explored from its
historical beginning to the current issues of today. Current
topics ranging from local to global perspectives are a major
focus of the course. Community health issues, communicable
disease control, current research and informatics, and the roles
of public health professionals are also
This course provides students with the
opportunity to examine and critically reflect on the nature and
implications of leadership ethics in health care. Students
examine key characteristics of ethical leadership, and the
theoretical underpinnings of sound moral decision making and
action of health care leaders. Processes for identifying and
cultivating health care leaders, cultural competence, continued
learning, and bioethics in health care are also
This course provides students with information
surrounding health care policy and economics. The focus is on
defining public and private health care and the policy issues
that surround them. Students also identify the roles of local,
state, and national policymakers and describe the role and
responsibility of the individual citizen with regard to health
care policy and economics.
This course addresses health care strategies
and the laws that affect operational decisions. Strategic and
tactical planning issues, with particular attention to marketing
and strategic planning, opportunity assessment, and external
analysis, are covered. Students also analyze and evaluate Total
Quality Management (TQM) principles and Continuous Quality
Improvement (CQI) processes in organizations. Students compare
total quality tools and performance measures, and examine
leadership and teamwork in the business
In this course, students implement and manage
technology, gain knowledge of database architecture and design,
and design and generate administrative reports. Enforcement of
confidentiality, e-health security, and measures to protect
health information are also stressed.
Enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management or Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, or permission from the Dean
This course enables students to explore research methodologies, including statistical analyses, study designs used in health sciences, and critically appraise the research published in scientific literature and popular media. Students learn to identify and discuss current trends in research in health sciences, nutrition, health psychology, exercise science, and complementary and alternative medicine.
This course familiarizes students with principles of epidemiology and its role in prevention and control of communicable and noncommunicable diseases prevalent in a determined geographical area. Students further explore the biostatistical methods used in epidemiological data gathering and analysis, and discuss the importance of epidemiological studies related to effective public health strategies.
This course centers on the foundations of health care organizations and systems, particularly the outside influences of licensing and accrediting agencies. The clinical classification systems, clinical vocabularies, and nomenclatures are detailed. The nontraditional role of the health information professional in management and administrative roles is also discussed.
This course provides students with a description of the current financial environment in which health care organizations operate. It also supplies students, as future health care decision-makers, with an understanding of key health care finance concepts, basic managerial and accounting principles, the budget process, and tools used for financial analysis. Students will be provided focused information on financing, funding, and reimbursement of health services including for-profit, nonprofit, and managed care organizations, as well as governmental programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Discussions on the application of financial information give students useful information to make financial decisions to better the cost-effectiveness of an organization.
This course addresses strategic planning and management to meet the challenges of U.S. domestic and global competition, within the context of organization development and management. Areas of concentration are organizational theory, leadership, regulatory compliance, conflict management, ethical issues related to power, teamwork, consumerism, innovation, quality improvement, health information systems strategy, and entrepreneurialism, and management of strategic alliances.
This capstone course is the culminating
experience for the Bachelor of Science in Health Care
Administration. This course builds on the concepts of all courses
students have taken within the program of study. The capstone
course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and
synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their
coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess
their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree
program in health care administration.
Last term or permission from the
Total Program Credits: 180
Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Master of Health Care Administration or Master of Public Health option will take up to five graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate elective.
Total Program Credits: 90
Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's or bachelor's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm. (Accessed April 2012) National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.
‡ Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.