Course Index

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HCA 470 CLINICAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Healthcare is unique in the way it is financed.  An understanding of the issues surrounding third-party payment, government programs and payment methodologies requires special effort and special resources.  This course explores the importance of practice and hospital information systems (e.g., billing, claims processing, electronic medical records, e-prescribing and productivity) as they relate to financial management of operational systems.  The specific focus is on how technology supports management of patient data, receivables, and working with various types of revenue streams.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    HCA 340

HCA 465 SURVEY OF US HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS

Healthcare professionals need to have an understanding of the interaction of U.S. healthcare policies and public health science to be able to act as change agents in their professions.  How do health professionals access this information, analyze and react in ways that will improve the health and wellness of their patients?  This course will inform and ask the student to respond to the dynamic area of U.S. healthcare systems

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 450 APPLIED BUSINESS ETHICS IN HEALTHCARE

Healthcare organizations provide services to the community to ensure the health and well-being of the public, but they are also businesses and employers, and as such must walk the tightrope between financial success and living their mission and values.  This course emphasizes the legal and ethical responsibilities of healthcare professionals, particularly in the role of clinical manager.  Topics covered include ethical decision making, conflict of interest situations, professional standards, codes of ethics, confidentiality and HIPAA. Ethical management of medical errors and strategies for resolution of clinical issues are also addressed.

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 430 PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

This course focuses on the particular ways in which writers apply the writing process to genres used regularly by healthcare professionals and utilize research to enhance patient outcomes.  Writing assignments will develop students' skills in writing formal correspondence, completing proposals, including effective visual components in formal documents, and completing "Research Evaluation and Utilization Reports", which include recommendations for evidence-based practice in particular settings.

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 420 CLINICAL OPERATIONS

With healthcare spending on the rise and the demand for services continuing to increase, improvements in the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery are urgently needed.  This course explores opportunities for improvement in design and management of healthcare operations.  Specific focus is on creating an environment of smooth patient flow by focusing on cycle times, measuring productivity, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and general improvement in health management processes through risk analysis and mitigation. 

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 340 FUNDAMENTALS OF FINANCIAL OPERATIONS

Although healthcare organizations serve as community resources, they are also complex businesses and their success depends on managers who understand and can apply key financial principles.  This course provides a foundation of accounting principles, concepts and techniques that are necessary for management of healthcare facilities.  Students examine the tools and models available to healthcare managers that assist in financial decision support as well as resource allocation.

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 330 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT & STRATEGIC PLANNING

This course explores basic theories and concepts related to management and strategic planning. Topics include healthcare management, conflict management and resolution, effective communication in the workplace, and strategic planning tools and processes. 

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 310 FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN RESOURCES IN HEALTHCARE

This course explores the function of human resources within the healthcare organization. The focus of the course is on the development of skills that the department manager needs for effective management of personnel. Subjects include strategies to attract, hire, and retain high quality employees, compensation and benefit packages, productivity, and employee development, evaluation and training, as well as existing laws and policies surrounding employee relations.

  • Credits: 3.0

EDD 736 Leadership in Organizations

This course will focus on the leadership of complex organizations and the skills and qualities leaders need to change organizations. In order to be effective, leaders must understand themselves, the organizations they head, and the complex social and political environments that they are asked to navigate on a daily basis. Students will become acquainted with the principles, concepts and major theories of leadership; reflect upon their own leadership styles and behavioral tendencies; and apply this new learning to a variety of situations and problems simulating real challenges in real-world organizational settings.

  • Credits: 3.0

EDD 746 Legal & Ethical Issues in Organizations

This course examines the role of organization related legal and ethical issues; specific to academic and health care organizations. Policy and processes for effective business operations will be explored. Accreditation requirements will be analyzed.

  • Credits: 3.0