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Bachelor

Online Bachelor of Health Services Administration

Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Overview

Our fully online Bachelor of Health Services Administration qualifies graduates for entry-level management positions in a variety of health related organizations or for further education at the graduate level.  Healthcare needs talented individuals to fill a growing need for professionals within the system – that of the Health Services Administrator. 

FIU's BHSA program is one of the largest undergraduate health services administration programs in the country, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The program emphasizes systems engineering and financial management of health organizations, health services research, economics, policies and regulations, legal aspects of health systems, and program planning and evaluation. Its curriculum prepares graduates to effectively manage healthcare organizations within an ever-changing, highly technological, multicultural world. BHSA faculty members are leaders in their field, with both deep academic knowledge in all areas of healthcare and real-world practical experience. Students in our online undergraduate program enjoy tremendous student engagement through interactive technology that offers 24/7 access and support, real-time faculty feedback, and a personal success coach to provide 1-on-1 guidance.

Why Apply?

A Bachelor in Health Services Administration is a pathway to career advancement and provides an opportunity to make a significant contribution to healthcare organizations and the increasingly multicultural communities in which they serve and work. Job opportunities for graduates with a Bachelor of Health Services Administration (BHSA) degree include management positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, health insurance, rehabilitation centers, private medical practices, non-profit healthcare, community agencies, and acute care healthcare systems.

The demand for health services and medical managers is expected to grow by 23% between 2012 and 2022. Fueling this growth is the need for managers who can monitor rising healthcare costs, retain employees and recruit new ones, transfer and maintain digital patient records and implement new technologies. Hospitals, which employed 39% of the 315,000 medical and health services managers in 2012, were the top employer, but there are new opportunities in nursing care facilities and offices of healthcare practitioners and medical group practices. (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Courses

A total of 120 credit hours are required for the Bachelor of Health Services Administration. Students must complete 60 credit hours of lower division University Core Curriculum (including pre-requisite courses) and 60 credit hours of upper division coursework that consists of foundation courses, core courses, integrative courses and electives.

Pre-requisite

  • The Health Services Administration program requires successful completion of pre-requisite courses for admission in the program. Students must complete the following pre-requisite courses as part of their 60 credit-hours of lower-division course work and achieve a minimum “C“ required grade in any one course.
  • Principles of Microeconomics ECO 2023
  • Accounting for Decisions ACG 2021
  • Accounting for Planning and Control ACG 3301
  • Introduction to Microcomputers CGS 2060
  • Statistics for the Health Professional STA 3145 OR Statistics for Business and Economics STA 2023 OR Introduction to Statistics STA 2122 OR Statistics I STA 3111.

Foundation courses:

Foundation courses are pre-requisites to core courses. Student must earn a “C” or higher to count towards the online BHSA degree (18 credit hours):

Introduction to Health Services Systems HSA 3111
Students examine the history and current functions of health and social services delivery systems in the United States. Focus is on the components, their interaction, and internal/external controls.

Leadership and Management for Health Professionals HSA 3180
This course introduces students to an overview of the basics of leadership and management with an emphasis on the roles, functions, and skills necessary in the changing health care environment.
Prerequisites: ECO 2023, ACG 2021, CGS 2060, STA 2023 or STA3145 or department consent

Values, Ethics, and Conflict Resolution in Health and Urban Affairs HSA 4431
Explores individual and organizational values, related values, related theories, ethical systems and their influence on behavior of individuals in government agencies, law enforcement, and health care professions.

Cultural Competency in Health Sciences HSA 3412C
Focus on selected systems of beliefs and values of cultural groups to develop cultural competence to minimize barriers in healthcare.
Prerequisite or co-requisite HSA 3111

Communication Theory and Practice for Health Professions HSC 3661
Theory and practice of effective communication for health care professionals. Emphasis on communication between healthcare provider-client; provider-provider; provider-family.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HSA 3111

Students must choose one of the 3 courses below:

  • Professional and Technical Writing ENC 3213
  • Business and Professional Communication COM 3110
  • Communication Skills for Policy and Management PAD 3438

Core courses:

Students must complete the Core courses with a “C” or higher (15 credit hours):

Quality and Evidence-Based Healthcare Services HSA 4700
This course incorporates basic research methods, processes, and models in analyzing research studies and incorporating current quality standards and evidence-based protocols into healthcare.
Prerequisites: HSA 3111, HSA 3180, ENC 3213 or COM 3110 or PAD3438

Communication and Information Technology for Healthcare Professionals HSA 4190
This online course assists the student in developing information and communication skills using the Internet. It demonstrates the use of technology in clinical practice, research and education.
Prerequisites: HSA 3180, HSC 3661

Healthcare Financial Management HSA 4170
This course is an introduction to economics and financial management in diverse healthcare organizations.
Prerequisites: HSA 3111, HSA 3180

Healthcare Organizational Behavior and Resource Management HSA 4110
This course is an analysis of organizational behavior and resource management, and the implications for leadership and management of healthcare systems.
Prerequisites: HSA 3111, HSA 3180

Legal Aspects of Healthcare HSA 4421
Corporate structure and legal liabilities of health care institutions and professionals is studied from a local, state, and federal regulatory position.
Prerequisites: HSA 3111, HSA 3180, ENC 3213 or COM 3110 or PAD 3438

Integrative courses:

Students must complete the Integrative courses with a “C” or higher (12 credit hours):

Program Planning and Evaluation HSA 4140
Basic concepts of planning and evaluation as the fundamental tools of program design and development are examined.
Prerequisites: HSA 4421, HSA 4700

Global Healthcare Systems and Policy HSA 4150
Develop basic knowledge of Global healthcare systems and policies including healthcare outcomes, evidence-based practices, sociopolitical systems, and roles of various healthcare providers.
Prerequisites: HSA 3412C, HSA 4431, HSA 4421, HSA 4700

Healthcare Quality Management HSA 4192
Develop and evaluate healthcare quality management techniques including work systems, job analysis, space utilization, inventory control, and operations management.
Prerequisites/Co-requisites: HSA 4700, HSA 4190, HSA 4170, HSA 4110, and HSA 4421

Global Issues and Trends in Healthcare HSA 4113
Developing issues and trends involving global healthcare systems are analyzed to determine their impact on service, delivery, financing, quality measures, evidence-based practice, and accessibility.
Prerequisites: HSA 4431, HSA 3412C, HSC 3661, HSA 4170, HSA 4110, HSA4421, or department consent

Elective courses:

Students must earn a “C” or higher to count towards the BHSA degree. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor for a list of approved electives. Below are suggested 3000-4000 level electives (15 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Information Systems CGS 3300
  • Organizational Communication COM 3120
  • Managerial Communication COM 3135
  • Nonverbal Communication COM 3404
  • Organizational Change COM 4124
  • International Business Communication COM 4430
  • Conflict Management COM 4462
  • Political Communication COM 4510
  • Communication on Ethics COM 4620
  • Psychology Of Adolescence DEP 3305
  • Psychology Of Aging DEP 4464
  • Personal Financial Management FIN 3140
  • Medical Terminology HSC 3537
  • Fundamentals Of Pathology HSC 4553
  • Clinical Physiology for Health Professionals HSC 3549
  • Organization & Management MAN 3025
  • Managing Diversity MAN 4102
  • Marketing Management MAR 3023
  • Communication Theory SPC 3210
  • Interpersonal Communication SPC 3301
  • Small Group Communication SPC 3425
  • Gender and Communication SPC 3711
  • Communication for Effective Leadership SPC 4445

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.


FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Completion of University Core Curriculum or an AA from an accredited State of Florida institution
  • Declare their specific major as Health Services Administration
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA for the lower division courses
  • Students must complete the following pre-requisite courses as part of their 60 credit-hours of lower-division course work and achieve a minimum “C“ required grade in any one course.

COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

ECO 2023

Principles of Microeconomics

3

ACG 2021

Accounting for Decisions

3

ACG 3301

Accounting for Planning and Control

3

CGS 2060

Introduction to Microcomputers

3

STA 3145

Statistics for the Health Professions

3

or    

STA 2023

Statistics for Business and Economics

3

or    

STA 2122

Introduction to Statistics

3

or    

STA 3111

Statistics I

3

Admission Documents:

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:

Florida International University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Salvatore A. Barbera

Salvatore A. Barbera
Salvatore Barbera is the Interim Chair and Clinical Assistant Professor for the Bachelor of Health Services Administration program at FIU. Mr. Barbera is the former hospital CEO for six hospitals in Florida, Nevada, Louisiana and Kentucky. He is also the former CEO for a physician practice management company. Mr. Barbera is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Kellen Hassell

Kellen Hassell
Dr. Kellen Hassell is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Health Services Administration program at FIU. He specializes in leadership and the administration of long-term-care facilities, including the oversight and coordination of diverse clinical services for patients with severely fragile medical conditions and complex neurodevelopmental disabilities. His research interests center on the influence of healthcare leader stress and decision-making in the management of risk and service quality. Dr. Hassell holds degrees from Nova Southeastern University, New York University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michelle Kameka

Michelle Kameka
Michelle Kameka is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Health Services Administration program. Dr. Kameka, in addition to being an educator, also coordinates, plans, and implements various health programs throughout community areas. The primary goals of Dr. Kameka’s research are to study the process of transitioning from pediatric to adult health care; school to higher education and work; and childhood dependency to adult autonomy; as well as the development of transition programs that are effective in increasing the quality of life for populations with chronic diseases—with an emphasis on sickle cell disease.

Yamile Marrero

Yamile Marrero
Yamile Marrero is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Health Services Administration program and is involved health science from the perspectives of academia, research, and operations. Dr. Marrero’s research interests include the effects of stress and social support on HIV risk behavior; HIV prevention; community knowledge of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis); and advancing knowledge of human trafficking among university students, staff, and faculty. She is also interested in developing exercise/strength and conditioning programs for HIV positive women, and serves on the board of Empower “U” Inc., a Community Health Clinic dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood.

Chanadra Young Whiting

Chanadra Young Whiting
Chanadra Young Whiting is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Health Services Administration program at FIU. Her areas of specialty are childhood obesity as well as children's and adolescents' health. Her primary research interests include health education, promotion, and prevention. She is currently working on journal publications and grant writing to improve health and physical education in low-income schools. Dr. Whiting earned her Ed.D in Healthcare Education from Nova Southeastern University and her MPH/HSA from Barry University.

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