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Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration


The 180 quarter credit (120 semester credit) curriculum is designed to expose students to the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the health-care industry by means of health-administration courses related to policy, law, economics, management, and marketing, as well as interdisciplinary courses dealing with ethical, religious, psychosocial, political, legal, literary, and historical perspectives on health-care practices.

Transfer Credit Requirements:

To be eligible for entrance into the Health Services Administration program, individuals should have at least a total of 36 approved quarter credits (24 approved semester credits) prior to applying. (However, individuals holding fewer credits are still encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director).

In cases where individuals have taken courses in health services administration and/or business administration, up to 135 credits (90 semester credits) may be transferred with the approval of the Program Director.

For more information, please contact the Enrollment Counselor for this program, Chanelle Austin, at (215) 895-0938 or via e-mail at Chanelle.Austin@drexelelearning.com.

Transfer credits must include the following:

Degree Requirements
Composition and/or Literature (9 credits)
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 3.00 credits
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion 3.00 credits
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres 3.00 credits
Natural Sciences (8-9 credits) *Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, etc. (Full-time must have a lab.)
College Mathematics (or higher) (6-8 credits)
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.00 credits
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.00 credits
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.00 credits
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.00 credits
Computing course (3 credits)
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.00 credits
Informatics course (3 credits)
HSCI 204Clinical Health Informatics3.00 credits
Drexel Experience (2 credits) (Required for freshman students only)
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience0.50 to 2.00 credits
Health Services Administration courses (60 credits) (Plus 27 Health Services Administration electives)
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.00 credits
HSAD 309Advanced Health-Care Ethics3.00 credits
HSAD 310Introduction to Health-Systems Administration3.00 credits
HSAD 321Health-Care Human Resources3.00 credits
HSAD 322Health-Care Law3.00 credits
HSAD 330Financial Management in Health Care3.00 credits
HSAD 331Non-profits and Health Care3.00 credits
HSAD 332Health-Care Marketing3.00 credits
HSAD 334Management of Health Services3.00 credits
HSAD 335Health-Care Policy3.00 credits
HSAD 340Leadership in Health Services Administration3.00 credits
Business courses (16 credits)
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.00 credits
ORGB 300Organizational Behavior4.00 credits
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.00 credits
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.00 credits
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.00 credits
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.00 credits
STS 345Stats for the Health Sciences4.00 credits
Humanities and Social Sciences (30 credits)
PSCI 110American Government I4.00 credits
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.00 credits
SOC 235Sociology of Health3.00 credits
Free Electives (40-43 credits)

Course Descriptions

ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research - 3.00 credits

Develops students' abilities to use writing as a tool for inquiry as they think through open-ended questions. Introduces them to rhetorical concepts and terms—exigence, audience, context, argument, and appeals—that they will apply in their writing and critical reading. Teaches them how to find, evaluate, integrate, and document sources from a variety of media; and how to engage in the many stages of the research and writing processes, from invention, to review, to final product. Engages them in ongoing reflective analysis about writing and their writing development.

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ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion - 3.00 credits

Teaches terminology and rhetorical strategies of persuasive writing. Advances students’ development in the writing process, and promotes their critical evaluation and integration of varied sources as they research complex and open-ended problems. Engages them in the act and study of collaboration, rhetorical awareness of images and design, and an understanding of how genres shape writing. Continues to promote their critical reading of challenging texts. Supports students in ongoing reflective analysis about writing and their writing development.

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ENGL 103 Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres - 3.00 credits

Teaches terminology and rhetorical strategies of writing analytically about a theme as it appears in a variety of genres. Advances students’ development in the writing and research processes, in their rhetorical awareness of images and design, and in their understanding of how genres of writing (poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction argumentative, investigative, academic, business, reportorial) shape meaning. Continues to promote their critical reading of challenging texts. Supports students in ongoing reflective analysis about writing and their writing development.

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MATH 101 Introduction to Analysis I - 4.00 credits

Covers linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of linear equations; elementary linear programming; matrix algebra; inverse; and mathematics of finance.

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MATH 181 Mathematical Analysis I - 3.00 credits

Covers set theory, coordinate systems and graphs, functions, linear programming (geometric approach), matrices and linear systems, and linear programming (algebraic approach). Required for architecture, business administration, and construction management students. Non-credit for engineering and science students. Fall, Winter.

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MATH 102 Introduction to Analysis II - 4.00 credits

Covers limits, continuity, derivatives, indefinite and definite integrals, and applications.

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MATH 182 Mathematical Analysis II - 3.00 credits

Covers counting techniques, probability, statistics, and probability applications. Non-credit for engineering and science students. All terms.

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CS 161 Introduction to Computing - 3.00 credits

Introduction to the computer as a tool for productivity and communications. Provides fluency in the use of industry-standard software for professional communications and presentations, data analysis, and telecommunication. Introduce automation and programming to enhance the effective use of computers and computer applications.

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HSCI 204 Clinical Health Informatics - 3.00 credits

This course examines technology and the tools of the Internet, with a focus on the use of cyber-technology and select computer applications. The automation of data management through information systems, expert systems, and telecommunication, and the impact of technology on health care education and research are addressed.

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UNIV 101 The Drexel Experience - 0.50 to 2.00 credits

This course introduces first year students to university life, his/her major, our community, and Co-op.

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HSAD 210 Health-Care Ethics I - 3.00 credits

This course addresses introductory concepts and basic issues in health-care ethics. The topics include but are not limited to decision-making, professionalism and advocacy, confidentiality, truth-telling and informed consent.

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HSAD 309 Advanced Health-Care Ethics - 3.00 credits

This course builds on the foundation provided in Health Care Ethics and discusses such issues as chronic care, end of life, beginning of life, distributive justice and the right to health care.

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HSAD 310 Introduction to Health-Systems Administration - 3.00 credits

The course is designed to assist the student in understanding and preparing for the unique challenges presented to managers in a health services administration career. History and current milieu of U.S. health care are considered, as well as the ever changing infrastructure of the health-services industry.

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HSAD 321 Health-Care Human Resources - 3.00 credits

An introduction to the basic principles of human-resource management and their practical application in today's complex health-care organization. This course examines the role of human resources as a strategic partner within the organization.

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HSAD 322 Health-Care Law - 3.00 credits

Provides an overview of the major laws affecting health-care professionals and examines the current legal climate in health care.

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HSAD 330 Financial Management in Health Care - 3.00 credits

Emphasizes basic financial management theory related to the health-care industry, as well as accounting practices for health-care organizations.

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HSAD 331 Non-profits and Health Care - 3.00 credits

Provides an overview of the not-for-profit and advocacy sector of health care, explores business fundamentals and current models, selects a health topic, assesses the market, and assists students in developing their own not-for-profit and/or advocacy business.

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HSAD 332 Health-Care Marketing - 3.00 credits

Provides a comprehensive review of marketing's role in the health-care field by examining the history of health-care marketing, the contributions of marketing to the strategic objectives of health-care organizations, and the effects of marketing on public relations and the consumer.

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HSAD 334 Management of Health Services - 3.00 credits

In this course, students will learn forms and uses of traditional management functions - plan, direct, monitor, evaluate - as well as contemporary functions that are used in an array of health care services organizations. Students match skills and competencies within the respective domains of health services management.

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HSAD 335 Health-Care Policy - 3.00 credits

This course provides an introduction to the development and implications of U.S. health-care policy, including key governmental and non-governmental participants and the political process.

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HSAD 340 Leadership in Health Services Administration - 3.00 credits

This course discusses issues in management and leadership in a health-care-administration setting by focusing on alternative organizational structures and the managerial role in these structures, as well as exploring managerial and leadership roles in specific health organizations and project management.

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ACCT 115 Financial Accounting Foundations - 4.00 credits

Introduces preparation of the income statement and the balance sheet. Covers analysis and recording of business transactions and a detailed study of accounting for assets, liabilities, and equity.

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ORGB 300 Organizational Behavior - 4.00 credits

Provides conceptual understanding of various principles of management and organizational processes and the opportunity for skill-building in the areas of individual, interpersonal, and intergroup organizational behaviors. This is a writing intensive course.

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ECON 240 Economics of Health Care Systems - 4.00 credits

Examine the health care industry from an economic perspective, including demand, cost-benefit analysis, insurance, supply constraints, and the role of the government.

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ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics - 4.00 credits

Examines allocation of resources within an economy. Major topics include interaction of supply and demand in markets, consumer choice, cost structure of firms, and profit maximization for competitive forms as well as firms with market power.

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ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics - 4.00 credits

Examines measurement, growth, and fluctuation of aggregate economic activity. Includes national income accounting and explains determination of output, employment, and price level. Also provides an introduction to international economics, money and banking, and economic policy. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

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STAT 201 Introduction to Business Statistics - 4.00 credits

This introductory first course in business statistics focuses on applications of data analysis and statistics to business and economics. Topics covered include descriptive statistics and graphical presentation, probability, statistical inference, and simple regression. Applications to a variety of business settings and economic analysis is covered through practical data analysis examples.

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STS 345 Stats for the Health Sciences - 4.00 credits

Covers statistical measures; binomial, normal, t, F, and chi-square distributions; elementary probability theory; quality control; and hypothesis testing with an emphasis on application to the health-care professions.

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PSCI 110 American Government I - 4.00 credits

Introduces the elements of the American political system.

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SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3.00 credits

Examines principles underlying human interaction in simple technological societies, including learning and development of social roles; development and meaning of culture and social organizations; and special institutions in the society, such as the family, class structure, and power structure.

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SOC 235 Sociology of Health - 3.00 credits

Examines the history, economics, and politics of our health-care system and the effects of technology on the quality of health care.

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