Health Care Administration (HCA.AAS)

Health Care Administration (HCA.ONL.AAS) - 100% Online

Associate in Applied Science

Health Sciences

Southfield Campus

This program leading to an associate in applied science degree is designed to prepare students for a career in health care administration. This flexible program will enable students with health care experience to supplement previous experience and develop new skills necessary for upward mobility. Graduates of this program will be prepared as nursing home administrators, nursing home administrative personnel, department heads in hospitals and administrative personnel for public and private health facilities, including ambulatory clinics and assisted living facilities.

Courses in this program are also available to those individuals who are required to have continuing education credits in order to maintain their nursing home licensure. Courses prefixed HCA 1000 through 2300 are approved for continuing education credits. Students must complete HCA 1000 with a “C” or better or receive permission from the Program Coordinator to enroll in HCA 1110 through 2300.

The externship is individually arranged upon completion of the first 9 courses listed under “Major Requirements.” The number of hours required for this clinical experience is dependent upon previous supervisory experience in a health care facility and may range from 180 to 360 clock hours. The program coordinator makes arrangements with the students and the specific health care facility for this externship.

A mandatory criminal history check with fingerprinting and drug screening will be conducted in the semester immediately preceding the start of the externship courses, at the student's expense.  

  1. Conviction of a felony or conviction of any attempt to commit a felony within the 15 years immediately preceding the date of the criminal history check; or
  2. Conviction of a misdemeanor within the 10 years immediately preceding the criminal history check, and/or a positive drug screen will preclude eligibility for enrollment in the externship course(s). 

In addition to the regular tuition, Health Care Administration students incur extra costs including, but not limited to; liability insurance, health examination, uniforms, required vaccinations, travel and certification fees.  For further details, contact the Health Care Administration Department at (248) 233-2917.

Additional Program Requirements

  • All “Major Requirements” and “Required Supportive Courses” must be completed with a “C” or better.

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Major Requirements
HCA 1000Introduction to Health Care Administration3
HCA 1110Health Facility Maintenance and Sanitation3
HCA 1210Principles of Nursing Home Operations3
HCA 1230Patient Care and Auxiliary Relationships in Health Care Facilities3
HCA 2100Personnel Management in Health Care Facilities3
HCA 2150Labor Practices in Health Care Facilities2
HCA 2200Fiscal Management in Health Care Facilities3
HCA 2250Legal Aspects of Health Service Management3
HCA 2300Problems and Policies of Health Care Facilities3
Complete one of the following Externship courses:2-4
HCA Externship3
HCA Externship4
Required Supportive Courses
BIO 1600Human Structure and Function3
BUS 1100Introduction to Business4
BUS 1310Supervision3
BUS 2530Management3
ENG 15101Composition I 3
or ENG 1510E Composition I Enhanced4
or ENG 1510S Composition I with Support6
MDA 1103Medical Terminology3
PSY 25101Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 26301Psychology of Organizational Behavior 3
or BUS 2700 Business and Labor Relations3
SOC 2550Sociology of the Aging3
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses56-61
General Education Requirements
Communication / English (3-credits)
Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)3
Mathematics / Science (3-credits)
Social Science (3-credits)
Written Communication (3-credits)3
Total Credit Hours62-64

 Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.

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