Healthcare Administration

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Professional and Technical
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: PAC

What is the healthcare administration program?

The Healthcare Administration (HCA) program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to acquire entry-level employment as a healthcare manager. By participating in carefully designed classroom and practicum experiences, students acquire competence in the leadership and managerial strategies needed to plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services. The responsibilities of a healthcare administrator may include: improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare services; managing the finances of a facility such as patient fees and billing; preparing and monitoring budgets; serving as a human resources manager; and ensuring that the facility is compliant with all relevant laws and regulations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare administration is one of the fastest growing career fields with employment projected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026. 

Admission to the program requires:

  • College-level in reading, writing, and math.
  • Completed HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I with grade of C or higher.
  • Completed BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology with grade of C or higher (or BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 with a grade of “C” or higher in each course).
  • Completed ITSC 1309 Integrated Software Applications with a grade of C or higher.
  • An overall college GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Good Academic Standing:

Students admitted into the Healthcare Administration program must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in good standing. A student who earns a single non-productive grade of “D” or “F” in any course will be placed on probation. A student who earns two non-productive grades will be dismissed from the program for one year. 

Healthcare Administration Program Highlights

The Healthcare Administration Program prepares graduates to become effective managers of in-patient and out-patient healthcare facilities. Students learn the problem solving skills, leadership strategies, and communication techniques vital for successful healthcare managers. The program capstone is an 80-hour practicum where students experience firsthand the varied professional roles of a healthcare administrator. The HCA curriculum is designed to fit the schedules of working adults. Program courses are 8-week classes that are either totally online or hybrid (a combination of face-to-face and online instruction). Face-to-face classes meet in the evening.

 

Healthcare Administration Career Areas & Employment Positions 

Employment in the healthcare industry in the Bexar County region is expected to increase 28% by 2024. The average entry-level hourly wage for healthcare administrators is $30.72.  Employment opportunities include:

  • Health Services Manager
  • Health Care Unit Coordinator
  • Unit Clerk
  • Medical Office Clerk
  • Medical Scheduler
  • Intake Coordinator
  • Patient Care Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator

Contact Information

Dr. Sitakanta Mohanty
Department Chair

Location:
Sabine Hall (SABINE 101A)

Phone:
210-486-3280

Dr. Severo Rodriguez
Program Lead

Location:
Sabine Hall (SABINE 203)

Phone:
210-486-3929