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Approaching health care with business acumen.
This degree is a broad-based, multidisciplinary degree that will prepare students to work in a variety of settings and will also prepare the student for graduate education.
The health science core contains coursework in pathology, pharmacology, health promotion, health policy, and finance, and is complemented by classes in accounting, economics, and management from the Walker College of Business. This gives students a solid healthcare foundation from which to understand their clients’ needs and the business acumen to deliver results.
Healthcare administrators are found in both in- and out-patient medical and wellness facilities, hospitals, corporate fitness and recreation centers, equipment sales, the insurance industry, and patient advocacy groups.
Students will also have completed all but one of the prerequisite courses (BUSA 2140) to enter Piedmont’s MBA program or continue advanced studies in sports administration, coaching, and public health.
In addition to meeting all Piedmont University General Education and graduation requirements, all students must also earn a C or better in all prerequisite, supporting, and healthcare administration core courses and have a cumulative 2.5 GPA to graduate.
What classes will I take?
The Program is committed to recruiting seven quality students into each cohort, retaining 80% of students each year, and graduating them four years after program admission.
- Piedmont Goal Reference: GOAL 8. Piedmont University will provide students the resources to achieve their academic goals in a timely fashion and meet learning outcomes expected in their degree programs.
- Outcome (non-student learning): The number of students who matriculate into each cohort and persist.
The Program seeks to provide high quality instruction that integrates cognitive and psychomotor skills into active problem solving abilities that will culminate in 90% of students having post-graduate placements (employment or graduate school) within six months of graduation.
- Piedmont Goal Reference: GOAL 1. Piedmont University will attract and retain students, faculty, and staff, and engage alumni and friends, by providing experiences with the College that inspire in them a lifelong affinity with the institution.
- SLO 2: Students will work collaboratively through interprofessional teams to provide or accommodate quality care to clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings, while respecting the diversity of individuals, groups, and communities.
2.1 Apply clinical reasoning skills throughout the physical examination process in order to assimilate data, select the appropriate assessment tests, formulate a differential diagnosis, provide care, and make appropriate referrals.
2.2 Use psychosocial techniques to enhance patient care and determine when abnormal behaviors require referral.
2.3 Adapt therapeutic interventions using clinician– and patient-oriented outcomes with consideration to the stage of healing and goals to maximize patient participation and quality of life.
2.4 Implement, evaluate, and modify treatment plans for both healthy and at-risk individuals that meet their performance or wellness goals through collaboration with allied healthcare providers.
2.5 Create, evaluate, and modify an environment conducive to safe activity participation.
2.6 Demonstrate cultural competence in the care of clients from diverse backgrounds.
The Program is committed to supporting a minimum of one student in an internship or other experiential learning experience each year.
- Piedmont Goal Reference: GOAL 4. Piedmont University will offer traditional and innovative academic programs that are rigorous in content and flexible in real-world application.
- SLO 1: Students will integrate knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to engage in critical and creative dialogue through discovery, analysis, and communication.
1.1 Propose and apply methods of injury prevention and risk reduction for both healthy and at-risk individuals.
1.2 Design treatment plans for both healthy and at-risk individuals that meet their performance or wellness goals.
1.3 Demonstrate oral, written, and visual communication strategies that are organized, coherent, accurate, and professionally prepared and delivered.
1.4 Critically evaluate research findings to develop differential diagnoses for injuries and illnesses.
1.5 Develop promotional strategies for healthy living and injury/disease prevention.
The Program is committed to increasing the number of qualified full-time faculty and providing professional mentoring.
- Piedmont Goal Reference: GOAL 6. Piedmont University will educate the whole student through co-curricular programs, extra-curricular activities, and experiential learning endeavors.
- SLO 3: Through civic engagement, personal growth, and ethical reasoning, students will demonstrate responsible, global citizenship by upholding high professional standards.
3.1 Identify state and national regulations and demonstrate professional, moral and ethical judgment when delivering patient-centered care.
3.2 Adapt evidence-based practice concepts when making clinical decisions and critically examining athletic training practice.
3.3 Develop and evaluate facility design and management strategies in the context of a healthcare system (i.e. risk management, healthcare delivery mechanisms, insurance and reimbursement documentation, patient privacy, and general facility management).
3.4 Use effective documentation to develop, participate in, and lead patient-centered care.
3.5 Use appropriate professional guidelines to develop, implement, evaluate, and modify emergency care strategies.
3.6 Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development.
No. Healthcare Administrators do not deliver direct patient care. Instead, they are responsible for the organization and administration of services provided by medical practitioners, the financial, legal, ethical, and human resource operational status of the organization, and provision of patient support mechanisms.
No. A Bachelor’s degree is considered sufficient for entry into the field. However, students who also complete BUSA 2140 (Legal Environment for Business) as an elective will meet all prerequisite courses to apply for the Piedmont University MBA program. An MBA can be completed in 12 months, and having an advanced degree can make potential employees more desirable.
Prepare to Make a Life
What can I do with a major in
HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION?
Piedmont students have gone on to pursue careers in:
- Corporate Fitness Centers
- Equipment Sales
- Wellness Facilities
- Recreation Centers
- Patient Advocacy Groups