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Healthcare Administration (HCA) Course Descriptions

HCA 308: Introduction to Healthcare Administration.
Goal:
To examine the behavioral and organizational factors that affect healthcare managers and to examines some of the strategies for problem solving and implementing change.
Content: Included will be information on the U.S. healthcare delivery system and examine the historical growth of the healthcare system, trends for the future, and the various settings where healthcare is provided.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross-listed as: BUS 308.
Credit: 3 hours.

HCA 309: Healthcare Operations and Quality Improvement.
Goal:
To understand quality management and improvement is important in healthcare operations because of patient care, safety, and outcomes.
Content: This course will address quality management tools and concepts, including root cause analysis and performance indicators.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: BUS/HCA 308.
Cross-listed as: BUS 309.
Credit: 3 hours.

HCA 313: Healthcare Policy and Economics.
Goal:
To introduce students to U.S. health policy and how it is developed, and the requirements of the major regulatory agencies.
Content: Major debates related to healthcare legislation will be discussed. The course will also look at how basic economic principles influence policy decisions.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: BUS/HCA 308.
Cross-listed as: BUS 313.
Credit: 3 hours.

HCA 314: Legal Aspects of Healthcare.
Goal:
To examine laws and regulations that guide almost every interaction in healthcare.
Content: This course will explore the evolution of the laws and regulatory agencies that are actively involved in healthcare administration, and the contemporary issues that are likely to affect healthcare in the future.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: BUS/HCA 308.
Cross-listed as: BUS 314.
Credit: 3 hours.

HCA 340: Healthcare Information Systems Management.
Goal:
To introduce the student to the principles of computer technology related to health care with emphasis on computerized medical billing, health care data collection, storage, retrieval, security arrangement, presentation, and verification. This course will also introduce the components and requirements of the electronic health record.
Content: Origins, sources and content of healthcare data; technologies used to manage and control healthcare databases; key components of healthcare databases; telecommunications technology; electronic medical record (EMR); project management; systems evaluation.
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross-listed as: BUS 340.
Credit: 3 hours.

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