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Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration Online

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Program Overview

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Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months for core coursework Credit Hours: 18 core credits/120 total Tuition: $247 per credit

The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Barry University gives you a practical understanding of the U.S. health care system as you study its economic, social, and political aspects, and will prepare you to excel in an entry or middle management role.

In this accelerated online program, you will examine current issues facing the health care industry including delivery of care, access to care, costs, and quality of services as well as national and state health policy. Management skills and business practices used in today’s complex health care system are emphasized.

The program offers practitioner-focused course content emphasizing practical application, and a student-centered approach: projects are oriented to your professional organization/background and students will complete a Capstone Applied Learning course designed to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired in the program. The BS in Health Services Administration provides an ideal background for those interested in pursuing careers in governmental agencies or non-governmental organizations serving health populations as well as management roles in public or private hospitals, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies or insurance agencies.

Faculty who teach in the program are subject matter experts in the field. They value intensive collaboration with students and a lively exchange of ideas and experiences.

In this online degree program, you will learn:

  • The concepts of financial management for healthcare institutions relating to acquisition, planning, budgeting, and control of funds
  • How to identify and mitigate risks and liabilities in order to contain costs and increase quality of care
  • Broad legal aspects that have an impact on the operation of healthcare
  • How to apply of management theory, concepts, and principles within healthcare organizations
  • The impact on the health status of individuals as a result of public health practices and services, including topics in epidemiology and preventive measures

Recognizing that adult learners bring a wealth of knowledge gained outside the classroom, the School of Professional and Career Education (PACE) at Barry values and gives credit for work and service experience. We offer a generous transfer credit policy—up to 90 college credits may be transferred. There are also multiple options to earn up to 90 credits toward the 120 required for graduation through professional licenses and certifications, testing, nontraditional transfer credit and the Experiential Learning Portfolio. To learn more about receiving credit for prior learning, view credits.

Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration online curriculum is comprised of a total of 120 credits. There are 18 hours of Health Services Administration core curriculum credits, 12 hours of major-related electives, up to 30 hours of portfolio credits, 45 credits of distribution requirements (general education courses) and a variable number of elective credits. Credits may also be awarded for traditional and non-traditional transfer credits, licensure/certification and testing. All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of BSHSA online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration online must submit transcripts indicating graduation from a regionally accredited high school as well as official transcripts from any colleges attended. You must also have at least 2 years of work experience or be an active military member or veteran.

To learn more about the BSHSA online admission requirements, view admissions.

Credits

There are multiple options to earn and transfer up to 90 credits toward your undergraduate degree—including, but not limited to, previous coursework, work experience, and community service (Portfolio program). All undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Barry University and meet any specific program requirements. The 120-credit program requires 48 upper-level credits.

To learn more about receiving credit for prior learning, view credits.

Tuition

Barry offers pay-as-you-go tuition for our online undergraduate programs. Students must also pay a one-time $30 application fee. A separate schedule of fees will apply for credits earned via the Experiential Learning Portfolio, transfer credits, licensure/certification and testing.

To learn more about our BSHSA online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

Barry offers multiple start dates each year for your convenience. Before beginning, please gather all required documentation, register for classes, and pay your tuition to begin on your desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the BSHSA online, view calendar.

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Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration online curriculum is comprised of a total of 120 credits—18 hours of core credits, 12 hours of major-related elective credits, up to 30 portfolio credits, 45 hours of distribution (general education) requirement credits, and a variable number of elective credits. Credits may also be awarded for traditional and non-traditional transfer credits, licensure/certification and testing. All courses are seven weeks in length. Students should consult with their academic advisor to create their individual degree plan and to answer any questions about required, elective and transfer credits.

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For the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration online, the core curriculum is comprised of 18 credits. Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course reviews the concepts of financial management for healthcare institutions relating to acquisition, planning, budgeting, and control of funds to meet organizational objectives.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an examination of the broad legal aspects that have an impact on the operation of healthcare. The course will include an introduction to the legal system as it pertains to the healthcare system; health related legislation; regulatory agencies and issues affecting healthcare facilities; and medical malpractice (same as PLA 339).

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the application of management theory, concepts, and principles as they relate to healthcare organizations. Case studies are utilized to analyze the practical application of management concepts and principles.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the impact on the health status of individuals as a result of public health practices and services, including topics in epidemiology and preventive measures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an examination of current issues facing the healthcare industry including delivery of care, access to care, costs, and quality of services as well as national and state health policy.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed for students to integrate and synthesize the learning experiences acquired in the Health Service Administration program, including the management and administrative tools required by an administrator in the healthcare field, thus demonstrating proficiency in the field. This course is for students majoring in the BS in Health Services Administration. Prerequisites: completion of required/core HSA courses or permission from Academic Coordinator.

Students must complete 12 credit hours of major-related electives.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of the United States health system examining the facilities and organizations which make up the system, as well as a survey of the economic, social, and political aspects of the healthcare system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of the physical, social, and healthcare needs of the older adult, including long-term care nursing services and alternatives in use today.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1, 2 or 3

This course is primarily designed for the student to take part in an in-depth research or action-oriented project under the supervision of the faculty advisor. Preparation and approval of the content must be made one semester in advance.

Students may also take any ADM course to complete the 12 hour requirement

The portfolio is required for the BSHSA online program and can count for up to 30 credits. Specific requirements for the portfolio can be reviewed in the PACE Student Bulletin. Students will work with their academic advisor throughout the development of the portfolio. The portfolio is a vehicle through which students can demonstrate college-level learning in order to receive credit for professional work experience and/or community service in one or more of the following categories: administration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, interpersonal relations, investigation and research, leadership and supervision.

For more information about the ELP required for your BSHSA online, view credits.

To graduate, students must have 45 distribution (general education) credits. You must have 9 credits in each of the following categories:

  • Theology and Philosophy
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Humanities and Arts

The number of elective credits required is variable, depending on previous transfer credits, advisement, and individual student degree plan.

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Admissions

Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration online program.

Programs within the School of Professional and Career Education (PACE) are designed to meet the needs of working adults seeking to complete an undergraduate degree and are not designed for recent high school graduates seeking to enroll in college for the first time.

BSHSA Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age
  • Official transcripts from any colleges attended
  • If fewer than 12 college credits have been earned, official transcript indicating graduation from a regionally accredited high school, or GED
  • A resume with 2 references listed and reflecting at least 2 years of full time work experience
  • There is no minimum years of service or work experience for military applicants
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended should be mailed directly from the institution(s) to Barry at this address:

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Barry University
    11300 NE 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33161
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Credits

The School of Professional and Career Education (PACE) at Barry University values and gives credit for life experience and knowledge gained outside the classroom—including, but not limited to, previous coursework, work experience, and community service.

There are multiple options to earn and transfer up to 90 credits toward your undergraduate degree. All undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Barry University and meet any specific program requirements. The 120-credit program requires 48 upper-level credits.

Transfer Credits—Up to 90 Credits
Up to 90 credits from regionally accredited 4-year colleges or 64 from community or 2-year colleges.

Non-traditional Transfer Credits—Up to 90 Credits
Nontraditional transfer credit includes the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®), which includes credit recommendations for courses or examinations offered by various organizations to their employees or members and the military and coursework recommended for credit by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Barry does not charge administrative fees for CREDIT or NCCRS credits but students may incur transcript fees.

Experiential Learning Portfolio—Up to 30 Credits (Required)
The portfolio is a vehicle through which students can demonstrate college-level learning in order to receive credit for professional work experience and/or community service in one or more of the following categories: administration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, interpersonal relations, investigation and research, leadership and supervision.

As a requirement of the Health Services Administration program, prior to graduation students will prepare and submit a portfolio demonstrating college-level learning acquired through prior learning in one or more of the following academic disciplines:

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Communication
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • 3 Special Topics

Upon final evaluation of the portfolio, students will be awarded up to 30 credits toward their degree. Seminars are conducted throughout the academic year to explain the portfolio format and content. Students then work with advisors to prepare a portfolio for review.

There is a $1,950 administrative fee (in lieu of tuition) for the Experiential Learning Portfolio. The portfolio does not qualify for Financial Aid. In addition to potentially reducing the cost and time to degree completion, the portfolio is an opportunity to increase writing and organizational skills, and enables students to evaluate past and present abilities in order to formulate future goals. The portfolio can be used to demonstrate learnings and competencies to current and future employers.

Testing—Up to 30 Credits
Testing includes examinations of the Educational Testing Service, including the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement program (AP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), and Barry University Challenge Exams.

  • CLEP: There is a $100 per credit administrative fee if CLEP is taken after the student enrolls at Barry University. No fee if transferred before initial registration. There will be an additional test fee payable at the test site and a fee for the test transcript.
  • Advanced Placement: Barry University does not charge any fees for AP credits but students may incur a transcript fee(s).
  • DANTES: No fees
  • DSST: $100 per credit administrative fee if DSST is taken after the student enrolls at Barry University. No fee if transferred before initial registration.
  • Challenge Exams: Challenge exams are university-constructed tests which allow students to demonstrate previously acquired knowledge and earn credit for CAT 102 (Basic Computer Applications), IT 190 (Microcomputer Basics) and IT 200 (Foundations of Information Technology). There is a $75 dollar fee for each challenge exam, payable prior to examination.

Licensure/Certification—Up to 90 Credits
Licensure/certification is the awarding of transfer credits to students who hold one or more of 24 professional licenses, 13 technical certifications and/or the courses leading up to the license. Credit is awarded for the license(s)/certificate(s) itself or for courses completed at federal and state institutions leading to issuance of the license(s)/certificate(s). All license credits appear as General Electives on students' transcripts. An administrative fee will be charged of 10% of current PACE regular credit tuition for each credit awarded. There is no charge for licensure credits obtained from coursework appearing on a transcript from a regionally accredited college or university.

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Tuition

Tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration online is $247 per credit. It is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Students must also pay a one-time $30 application fee. A separate schedule of fees will apply for credits earned via the Experiential Learning Portfolio, transfer credits, licensure/certification and testing.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-credit course Per Program
Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration $247 $741 $29,460*

*Based on 120 undergraduate credits needed for graduation. Total program cost varies based on number of transfer and experiential credits accepted.

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Calendar

Barry offers six start dates each year for your convenience. Following acceptance into the program, please submit all required documentation, register for classes, and pay your tuition. These steps are necessary in order to begin on your chosen start date.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
2018 Summer A Term May 14, 2018 April 30, 2018 May 7, 2018 May 9, 2018 May 11, 2018 June 30, 2018
2018 Summer B Term July 2, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 25, 2018 June 27, 2018 June 29, 2018 August 18, 2018
2018 Fall A Term August 27, 2018 August 13, 2018 August 20, 2018 August 22, 2018 August 24, 2018 October 13, 2018
2018 Fall B Term October 22, 2018 October 8, 2018 October 15, 2018 October 17, 2018 October 19, 2018 December 8, 2018
2019 Winter Term January 7, 2019 December 24, 2018 December 31, 2018 January 2, 2019 January 4, 2019 February 22, 2019
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