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Healthcare Management, BS

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Healthcare Management, BS Perks

  • Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare management can be completed in four years (eight semesters) of full-time study 
  • Program is delivered through a combination of online and on-campus coursework
  • Taught by faculty members with extensive experience in their fields
  • Opportunity to transition immediately into the MBA in Healthcare program upon graduation

 

A Career in Healthcare Leadership Begins Here

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Nebraska Methodist College prepares individuals to make a difference from an administrative perspective.

Healthcare continues to evolve, and today's students require an advanced set of business skills in order to effectively manage clinical and non-clinical settings. The healthcare field provides a wide array of career paths for those who appreciate the fast-paced nature of the industry but who feel that they could make a larger impact within an organizational leadership role.

This degree is tailor-made for those aspiring to lead, with a curriculum that's laser-focused on healthcare administration and leadership.

The BS in Healthcare Management provides a traditional curriculum that enables you to fully understand and excel within the inner workings of clinics, private practices, hospitals, allied health systems and insurance companies.

Through a combination of online and on-campus coursework, you'll earn the skills needed to combine compassion and approachability with successful managerial techniques.

Healthcare manager/administrator salary ranges will vary by experience, education, level of responsibilities, location and many other variables. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the U. S. median salary in May 2015 for Medical and Health Services Managers was $94,500 per year, with a much faster than average job growth rate of 17 percent between 2014 and 2024.
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Accreditation

Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified.  Potential resources for this program include:

NMC Scholarships 

NMC scholarships consist of funds generously provided by the Methodist Hospital Foundation to assist our students.  View our Scholarship & Grants page to learn more.

Student Grants or Loans 

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Employee Education Benefits

Contact your organization's human resources office to find out what's available.

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.  Under Human Resources select either MHS Benefits or MJE Benefits then scroll down to Pursuing Your Dreams.

External Scholarships

Visit our External Scholarships page to learn more.

Calculate Your Net Price Financial Aid
Cost Per Credit Hour $580

Admissions

Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • High school record and/or college academic record
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • ACT composite of 20 or above, if within 2 years of high school graduation
Deadlines

Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and students will be notified of their acceptance by letter or phone.

Requirements

To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

Starting Term

Application Deadline

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)
  • Summer (May)
  • Rolling
  • Rolling
  • Rolling

Curriculum

The program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. All students are required to complete specific coursework for the healthcare management bachelor of science degree.

  • 45 credits - Arts & Sciences (Educated Citizen Core) - on-campus and online
  • 39 credits - Business Core - online
  • 18 credits - Concentration - online, but scheduled throughout the curriculum plan to ensure completion
  • 18 credits - Transfer or Elective - minors - Spanish or Sign Language. COM 102 Public Speaking (required support course).

This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.

SSC 370
RESEARCH METHODS
3 credit hours
This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of the research process in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs. The student learns to selectively apply the steps of research and to critically analyze research studies culminating in formal, oral and written projects.

Prerequisites: Determined by major

COM 102
SPEECH COMMUNICATION
3 credit hours
This course invites students to explore the underlying principles of effective speech communication, with special applications to workplace environments. Students study and discuss the broad-based oral and nonverbal dimensions of effective speech interactions and effective public speaking and then apply the principles in public speeches.

BSH 200
SURVEY OF U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
3 credit hours
This course will explore the basic foundation in which healthcare is delivered in the U.S. Topics include the delivery, financing, and regulation within 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.

BSH 401
HEALTHCARE QUALITY
3 credit hours
This course provides an introduction to knowledge and skills needed to lead quality improvement initiatives. Focusing on the evolution of quality from management to assurance and final to improvement students will explore the history of quality improvement. Students will examine principles, concepts and methods related to the application of quality initiatives and strategies to quality improvement in a healthcare setting. Thematic topics for specific initiatives may include Lean Methodology concepts, Six Sigma, and Plan-Do-Check Act (PDCA) Cycle related to performance improvement in healthcare.

BSH 405
HEALTHCARE POLICY
3 credit hours
This course analyzes key contemporary issues in healthcare policy. This course includes design and structure of the U.S. healthcare system, policy initiatives and the roles of government, the private sector, consumers, and advocacy groups in setting policy agenda.

BSH 414
PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
3 credit hours
Students will evaluate basic principles and elements of the growing organizational leadership discipline. Topics that are covered include organizational culture, structure, group behavior, motivation, power, politics, organizational change, and workplace conflict within a healthcare setting.

BSH 416
COACHING IN ORGANIZATIONS
3 credit hours
Students will explore effective skills that are essential to being a successful coach. It is imperative for leaders in today's business environments to be effective team leaders who are able to coach individuals to initiate, embrace, and sustain change. Leaders must understand that an employee's expertise is not the only area to consider when coaching. When a leader coaches individuals, they must consider an individual's values, personal characteristics, and attitude, which makeup a person's personality, which could challenge the process. Students will identify criteria for developing high-performing teams through coaching, talent development, and team leadership.

BSH 425
CRITICAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide a foundation for students to develop a clear understanding of how society, politics, and world issues influence healthcare in the United States. Topics included in this course are bioethical issues, and contemporary issues such as bioterrorism, human genome project, rising prescription drug costs, and urbanization, social stress, and mental illness.

BSH 426
THE ART OF NEGOTIATION
3 credit hours
Negotiation in today's world is an intentional skill one should strive to master. This course will introduce skills associated with successful negotiation and conflict resolution. Students will apply concepts, theories, and related research to situations with a focus on developing a deeper understanding of roles, and approaches to negotiation. This course is designed for an individual to apply negotiation skills in a variety of environments that can be emotionally and conceptually complex.

ECO 210
HEALTHCARE ECONOMICS
3 credit hours
This course will provide an introduction to basic economic concepts important for the study of healthcare economics. Topics covered in this course include: How healthcare differs from other goods and services, historical trends in healthcare expenditures, economic analysis of the Affordable Care Act, determinants of supply and demand for healthcare, health insurance and health insurance markets, basic economic evaluation methods. Alternative healthcare systems and reforms are also explored.

ACC 220
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
3 credit hours
Financial accounting examines accounting concepts, the accounting model, measurement processes, financial statements, financial analysis, the accounting cycle, monetary and fixed assets, inventory, current and long-term liabilities and equity structures of partnerships, proprietorships and corporations.

ACC 225
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
3 credit hours
Course presents accounting information used for internal business management.  Focus is on planning, controlling and evaluating company performance.  Content includes budgeting, job costing, product pricing, breakeven analysis, standard costing, and decision models.

BSH 280
BUSINESS LAW
3 credit hours
This course will introduce students to laws and ethical standards that leaders must abide by in the course of conducting business. Business law includes state and federal laws, as well as administrative regulations. Laws and ethics contribute to shaping an organization's decision-making process. Upon the completion of the course, students will have a better understanding of the legal and ethical environment in which businesses operate.

BSH 310
HUMAN RESOURCES
3 credit hours
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 leader 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.

BSH 320
MARKETING IN HEALTHCARE
3 credit hours
This course involves analysis, evaluation, and implementation of marketing strategies within healthcare and managed-care environments. Designed to develop skills in segmenting customer and medical markets, brand products and services, enhance a communication strategy to the consumer, and develop pricing approaches. Methods and models of marketing fundamentals will be introduced.

BSH 340
HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
3 credit hours
A study of the history of health records, professional ethics, the functions of a health information department, retention of records, medical forms, health information practices, and responsibilities to healthcare administration, medical staff, and other medical professionals.

BSH 350
FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
3 credit hours
This course focuses on the area of modern healthcare management through the analysis of important areas of emphasis for a healthcare manager.  Students will focus on planning processes, job design, supporting and implementing decisions, division of work and overall organization while building and maintaining quality services within an organization.

BSH 360
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR & THEORY
3 credit hours
Students will analyze individual, group and organizations influence on behavior within the workplace. When leading within an organization it is critical to understand how an organization can influence performance, motivations, and turnover. Students will examine behaviors on different levels within an organization's structure along with influences of an individual's behavior within organizations, and how leaders within organizations accomplish change. Exploration of organizational behaviors will be studied by applying organizational theory to a variety settings and challenges.

BSH 400
ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
3 credit hours
This course explores the foundation of ethics in relation to managing and decision making in the healthcare system, and investigates the healthcare manager as decision-maker, leader and moral agent. Topics covered include: Applying a foundation in the theories of moral philosophy to make and support ethical decisions as a healthcare manager and apply ethical decision-making processes to contemporary and critical healthcare issues. Corporate social responsibility is also discussed.

BSH 403
LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE
3 credit hours
This course provides a foundational investigation of personal and organizational leadership with an emphasis on developing leadership talent. The following topics in leadership are included: overview of key leadership theories; differences between management and leadership; followership, implementing change, and emerging trends. Students will learn attributes of successful leaders, including interpersonal skills, attitudes, and behaviors, which can facilitate effective leadership within organizations.

BSH 404
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL AND HEALTHCARE REIMBURSEMENT
3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of healthcare finance and reimbursement practices and methods. Students will learn payment systems, basic coding, revenue cycle management, and what fraud and abuse is along with the negative impact on an organization. Understanding the ways in which insurance companies pay claims will provide a basis to manage contracts and reimbursement levels. Different types of insurance will be studied that includes managed care, HMOs, Medicaid and Medicare. The shift from a process-oriented focus to a revenue cycle management focus, has driven the need to effectively manage revenue streams effectively in order to survive in today's healthcare world.

BSH 410
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE
3 credit hours
This course focuses on healthcare operations management from the perspective of a healthcare professional. It provides a quantitative approach to analyzing business and logistics concepts and how they impact the healthcare equation. The course explores the foundations of operations management in healthcare, healthcare as a business, fundamentals of financial performance in healthcare, and the supply chain in support of healthcare and pharmaceutical operations management.

BSH 490
CAPSTONE I: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
3 credit hours
This course explores theories and concepts related to strategic management (e.g., planning, formulation, and implementation). This course combines the information from multiple business areas (e.g. accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing). Topics include sustainable competitive advantage, resource-based activity, balanced scorecard, and other strategic planning tools and processes.

BSH 491
CAPSTONE II: APPLIED STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND MENTORING EXPERIENCE
3 credit hours
This course enables learners to take learning from Capstone I and apply it to a web-based simulation in which they work in teams as top level managers. This experiential process allows students to review the theoretical constructs of strategic management and learn how to apply those constructs in a controlled competitive environment. Learners will reflect upon these decisions and catalog these artifacts in a portfolio.

COM 101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION
3 credit hours
This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

COM 230/245 or 252
LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE OR CROSS CULTURAL SERVICE LEARNING
3/1 credit hours
LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE: Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language. Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement. Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own. This course lasts over the entire semester. CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN HEALTHCARE: This one-credit course is designed for students who transfer in at least three credit hours of college-level sign language or international language coursework. Students engage with concepts of culturally competent care and effective cross-cultural communication for the optimal care of patients from diverse backgrounds.

COM 320
HEALTHCARE COLLABORATION & LEADERSHIP
3 credit hours
This course applies leadership and management theories to the changing environment of healthcare. Students synthesize their knowledge of such topics as emotional intelligence, assertiveness, conflict management, gender dynamics, feedback delivery and systems theory in advanced writing and speaking projects. The NMC portfolio is integrated throughout this course. A complete portfolio (Levels I-III) is due by the end of the course.

Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM ---
WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
3 credit hours
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

HUM ---
WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
3 credit hours
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

HUM 150
THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC
3 credit hours
There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking. Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas. Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process. HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study.

HUM 210/213
ETHICS COURSE
3 credit hours
Students must choose to take either: HUM 210 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS: Introduction to Ethics introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis. HUM 213 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF ETHICS: This course introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis, with an emphasis on varied professional codes of ethics in healthcare disciplines. Students will explore codes of ethics and how they relate to traditional Western philosophies.

HUM 250-259
THE WORLD OF IDEAS: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
3 credit hours
Students critically analyze the impact of history on contemporary society. Historical methods of inquiry inform students' perspectives on societal and institutional development. Most undergraduate students must take one course from this group. HUM 255 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES HUM 256 THE HISTORY OF WESTERN MEDICINE HUM 257 U.S. HISTORY: PAST, PRESENT, AND PROMISE: A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH BY CHALLENGING THE PRESENT & DEMANDING A NEW FUTURE HUM 258 WORLD HISTORY TO 1800 HUM 259 HISTORY OF SCIENCE: THE CREATION OF A BIOMEDICAL WORLD

MAT 120
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
3 credit hours
This course provides an advanced study of algebraic methods and prepares students for further studies in mathematics and physics. Content of the course starts with a review of basic concepts of algebra, and then it intensifies study of the following topics: equations and inequalities, the concept of functions and their graphs, exponents, logarithms, matrices and polynomials.

Prerequisite: MAT 110

SCIENCE
SCIENCE COURSES
6 credit hours
Students must take two science courses, at least one of which must include a lab.

PSY 101/215
PSYCHOLOGY COURSE
3 credit hours
PSY 101     INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory. PSY 215     LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT The Lifespan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

MAT 260
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce students to the methods used in organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting quantitative information. Emphasis is placed on application of statistical methods and on the interpretation of statistically significant data.

SSC 235
THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
3 credit hours
This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

SSC 465
CAPSTONE: THE EDUCATED CITIZEN
3 credit hours
This course is based in the social sciences and is designed to assist students in the integration of their roles as healthcare professionals and educated citizens. The focus of the class is on deepening students’ understanding of and facility with social and political systems that impact the health and wellbeing of the community. Students demonstrate their preparation to act as educated citizens through the presentation of their portfolio within the context of this capstone course.

Meet the Faculty

Our healthcare management faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use.

While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal experience. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty

Outcomes

Graduates of the BS in Healthcare Management program will:

  1. Evaluate effective communication processes to provide clear messages to stakeholders
  2. Analyze real world business problems in healthcare organizations
  3. Explain the impact of diversity within organizations in the development of solutions
  4. Integrate accounting, marketing, finance, management, and economics into a strategic business analysis
  5. Develop ethical and professional solutions to health care business challenges

Written Statement

Please develop a thoughtful and organized response to the questions below. Your response should be approximately two paragraphs for each question. The admissions committee is looking for responses that are not only well supported but that also use appropriate style and grammar. Be sure to include your name and program on the document itself. You may attach the responses to an email sent to the Admissions office at admissions@methodistcollege.edu.

When drafting your written statement, please cite any sources using APA format if applicable.  Also know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies.

If you send your responses through the mail, please type your responses and send them to:
NMC Admissions
Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus
720 N. 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68114

  1. An NMC graduate is an educated citizen who exhibits breadth of learning through the liberal arts and sciences traditions in concert with professional education. Our goal as an institution is that graduates of NMC will be able to articulate and demonstrate growth in the following areas: as reflective individuals, as effective communicators, and as change agents.

    Please first address what or who has influenced your decision to pursue a career in healthcare?

  2. Reflective Individual: A reflective individual consistently uses logic and critical thinking in all aspects of life. Select one of the following classes that you have taken: English Composition, Literature, History, Government, Psychology, or Sociology.

    Share what was most interesting to you in this class. How might you apply what you learned to the healthcare field? If you do not have recent classes to reflect upon, you may reflect on a personal experience that you had and how what you learned from the experience can be applied to healthcare.

  3. Effective Communicator: Effective communicators express their ideas through talking, non-verbal communication, writing, and sometimes speaking languages other than English.

    Describe the type of communication listed above you feel most comfortable using. Give a specific example of a time when you exhibited strong communication skills and what the result was of this communication. For example, did you resolve a problem, put someone at ease, or help someone understand a complicated situation?

  4. Change Agent: One of the goals of our undergraduate education is to assist students in becoming agents of change. We create positive change when we work effectively in groups and bring individuals together for a common purpose. These skills are challenging and require patience and practice.

    Describe an experience you have had as a member of a group. Select a particular situation when a problem arose in that group and write about how you responded to it. You may select an experience that went well or one that you wish you could "do over."

  5. Please address any grades of D's or F's listed on your transcripts.  Also, please address withdrawals or other discrepancies on your transcripts. If you do not have any D's, F's or W's please respond: Not Applicable.    

Technology Requirements

To be successful with your online healthcare management courses, you should have a basic understanding of computers and the internet. Read more about the minimum knowledge and hardware requisites on our Online Technology Requirements page.

Master's Degree Option

If you already possess a Bachelor's degree, we also offer an online Master of Business Administration in Healthcare that builds upon the knowledge developed in the BS in Healthcare Management program.

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