Healthcare Administration

OVERVIEW

Healthcare is big business in America and has become increasingly complex. As we grapple with issues such as an aging population, how to make care accessible and affordable and how to manage ever-changing regulations affecting healthcare, the need for highly educated and skilled professionals is growing.

Alvernia University is widely recognized for its healthcare degrees, and is at the forefront of addressing the rapidly growing need for specialized, professional employees within the field of healthcare.

The University’s new Healthcare Administration degree, first offered in Fall 2015, will enable you to prepare for exciting and challenging careers, while providing skilled and capable employees for institutions within local, regional and national healthcare settings.

As a graduate of Alvernia’s Healthcare Administration program, you might work in a healthcare agency, business or medical care setting, or serve the community as a health educator, health advocate or health manager.

Faculty members at Alvernia teach about business and healthcare from both practical and ethical standpoints. This gives you the knowledge you’ll need to succeed professionally, because it develops supervisory and managerial skills that are necessary to advance in your career.

All of Alvernia University’s Business Department programs – including Healthcare Administration – are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP) and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

WHY AU

Why should you study Healthcare Administration at Alvernia University?

Because at Alvernia you get all the benefits of an outstanding university education in a manageable setting with personal attention and unique opportunities that can benefit you as you move toward your career.

Small Class Size
Alvernia has an average 12:1 student-faculty ratio, with fewer than 20 students in most classes. This facilitates valuable, professional relationships among faculty members and students. In these small class settings, you get individual attention to help you excel.

Faculty Who Care
Alvernia’s faculty members aren’t just teachers. They’re experts in their fields who are committed to passing along their knowledge and expertise to their students. In small class settings faculty members become mentors and advisors, intent on helping you learn, grow and succeed. Alvernia’s business and healthcare faculty members have worked for Fortune 500 companies and in various medical settings. They have backgrounds in banking, nursing, telecommunications, law and insurance. They are board members of prestigious organizations and have presented papers and reports both nationally and internationally. Most importantly, they’re there to help you succeed.

Research Opportunities
Alvernia offers opportunities for many students to work with faculty members on research projects relating to their areas of concentration. This collaboration prepares students for professions and/or graduate school.

Honors Program
Alvernia’s Honors Program for students who are academically gifted and highly motivated is designed to allow students to work at their own pace and to recognize and encourage academic excellence. Honors students interact with one another to exchange ideas and information across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

The Honors Program offers co-curricular activities, service opportunities and intellectual and social support to encourage students to exceed their own expectations.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Honors Programs at www.alvernia.edu/academics/honors.

Get Real
Classroom learning is valuable and necessary, but out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning provides management students with hands-on, real world learning opportunities that enrich your educational experience and are highly valued by employers.

You’ll have opportunities to participate in internships, co-ops, field experiences, community service, campus events and other experiences to help you stretch and grow toward your full potential.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Get Real program at www.alvernia.edu/getreal.

Study Abroad
Living and studying outside of the United States can change you in ways you can’t begin to envision. Students who study abroad typically gain immeasurable confidence and experiences they could not have imagined.

Business and Healthcare majors have benefitted from participation in study abroad programs in countries including New Zealand, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Morocco, Palestine, China and Mexico.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Study Abroad program at www.alvernia.edu/studyabroad.

YOUR CAREER

Healthcare Administration is the field relating to leadership, management and administration of hospitals, health care systems, hospital networks and public health systems. It is an exciting, growing field that offers many possibilities for challenging and rewarding careers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare managers is projected to grow 23 percent between 2012 and 2022, a rate much faster than average for all occupations.

As a healthcare administrator, you might manage, direct or coordinate medical services in a hospital, nursing care facility, physician-operated medical group or public clinic. Perhaps you’ll work in a position within the health insurance industry, such as that of a health insurance claims manager.

The duties of a healthcare administrator can be complex and varied, requiring a mix of business administration skills, knowledge of medical services and understanding of local, state and federal regulations that govern the healthcare industry and related insurance industry.

Healthcare administrators work to minimize costs and maximize efficiencies, while providing the best possible services. You’ll need to stay ahead of changing federal and state laws that govern healthcare, and may oversee functions related to medical records and billing, create work schedules and supervise other areas of business.

While healthcare administration is a challenging career arena, it holds many opportunities. As a graduate of Alvernia University’s Healthcare Administration program, you will be well qualified to begin your career.

A sampling of employers of Alvernia business and healthcare degree graduates:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Reading Health System
  • Reading Health Dispensary
  • Temple University Hospital
  • St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Prudential
  • First Union

Some Alvernia business students purse graduate degrees after graduation, either at Alvernia or other colleges and universities.

Alvernia offers a special program for motivated students — a MBA + 1 option. By declaring interest in your junior year, you could be eligible to enroll in a 30-credit Master of Business Administration degree program that you complete in just one year. You would extend your stay at Alvernia for an extra year, finishing after five years with both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

For more information about Alvernia’s Healthcare Administration program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

YOUR CURRICULUM

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. View your Major Academic Plan (MAP) here.

Healthcare Administration majors must complete 58 credits in the major. Required business and healthcare courses are:

NOTE: On the Healthcare Admin proposal pdf, BUS 410 is listed as Financial Markets. However, on Alvernia’s website, BUS 410 is Financial Analysis. I listed it as Financial Markets here, but it should be checked.

BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting -OR- BUS 250 Accounting Principles
BUS 206 Management Principles
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
MAT 208 Introductory Statistics – OR – 209 Probability and Statistics
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 410 Financial Markets 
BUS 411 Corporate Finance
BUS 426 Strategic Management
BUS 438 Business Seminar
HCS 200 Fundamentals of Healthcare Science
HCS 300 Writing for Healthcare Science
HCS 330 Healthcare Literacy and Adv
HCS 340 Healthcare Science Management
HCS 400 Healthcare Systems and Policy
HCS 410 Community Health Organization and Administration
HCS 430 Healthcare Science Capstone
ECON 248 Macroeconomics
ECON 249 Microeconomics

Recommended courses:

BUS 441 Cooperative Education in Business I
BUS 442 Cooperative Education in Business II

You’ll also need to complete 54-55 liberal arts core credits and complete community service hours to qualify for graduation.

Your Real World Learning Experience
Alvernia believes that real world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment.

You will not only benefit from experienced faculty members who have extensive experience in the business world; you’ll also get the opportunity to participate in learning opportunities in real business and/or healthcare settings through internships and cooperative experiences.

Some of the organizations with which Alvernia business and healthcare majors have had internships include:

  • Reading Health System
  • Reading Health Dispensary
  • Citizens Bank
  • Ernst & Young
  • InRoads
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Lutheran Home of Topton
  • Walt Disney World
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Webb Insurance
  • U.S. Department of Finance

Your advisor, other faculty members and staff of Alvernia’s Career Development Center can help you decide if an internship is right for you. Meanwhile, you can find out more about real world learning at www.alvernia.edu/academics/experiential_learning.

Research Opportunities
Research is a valuable aspect of any education. Business and healthcare faculty at Alvernia conduct research in a variety of areas, including leadership, organizational development, strategy, market research, international marketing, time management, conflict resolution, clinical research, pediatric clinical practice and university teaching and learning.

As a Healthcare Administration major, there may be opportunity for you to assist in faculty research, and to benefit from knowledge gained through faculty research.

The Honors Program
If you’re academically gifted and highly motivated, you may want to learn more about Alverania’s Undergraduate Honors Program. Honors students have opportunities to take courses dealing with unusual topics and participate in a variety of activities. You can learn more about the Honors Program and how to apply at www.alvernia.edu/academics/honors/index.html.

In addition, Alvernia’s Business Department sponsors the Lambda Zeta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society through its accrediting body, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program. Delta Mu Delta is an honors society for junior, seniors and graduate student, and is limited to the top 20 percent of students in those classes. You can learn more about Delta Mu Delta at http://deltamudelta.org.

The Eight-Semester Plan
You can do it! It’s easy to stay on track to graduate in four years if you pay close attention to what classes you need and make sure to take them in a timely manner. Advisors are available to assist in planning academic programs, course selection and registration, but it’s your job to make sure that you meet all academic requirements and comply with University policies.

You can greatly enhance your university experience by participating in activities both on and off campus. Start planning well in advance for an internship, study abroad or other off-campus experience, as you’ll need to assure that you will be able to complete all required coursework.

Study Opportunities beyond Campus
Your college years are the perfect time to broaden your horizons and participate in experiences that can change your life. Alvernia offers some great opportunities for students who want to spend some time studying beyond its campus.

The Washington Center
The University’s O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service manages a relationship with The Washington Center, an organization that offers residential academic programs and internships in the nation’s capital.

If you participate in The Washington Center program, you might be placed in an internship in a government agency, non-profit organization or medical-related setting. You can learn more about the Washington Center and opportunities there at www.alvernia.edu/about/ethics-and-leadership/washington.html.

Study Abroad Programs
Alvernia’s Study Abroad Office works closely with students who want to spend one or more semesters in a different country. Business and healthcare degree students have studied and traveled in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, England, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Morocco, Palestine and China.

You pay the regular Alvernia tuition while studying abroad, and continue to receive financial aid, if applicable. Credits earned count toward your Alvernia undergraduate degree.

If you’re interested in studying in another country you should start planning early, as you’ll need to start the application process about a year in advance.

You can get more information about these programs from the Study Abroad Office at www.alvernia.edu/studyabroad or by contacting studyabroad@alvernia.edu.

YOUR SERVICES

Alvernia is committed to serving the needs of its students. Whether you have questions or problems related to academics, life on campus, student activities, social activities or any other issue, there is someone available to help you. You can learn more about all student services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/student-services.

Educational Planning Center
The Educational Planning Center offers advice and support to help you with any problems or issues related to your Alvernia education. It also assists with career exploration and preparation. The office is open every day and can be contacted at 610-796-8266.

Career Services
Staff members at the Career Development office will help you with any questions you have about exploring or planning careers. They also will guide you about how to look for and apply to jobs as you get closer to graduation. The office also has a career resources library. You can learn more about career services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/career-services, or by emailing career.services@alvernia.edu.

Financial Aid
The Financial Aid office is the place to contact with any questions you have about the cost of an Alvernia education and options for paying for it. Nearly all undergraduates at Alvernia get some type of financial aid, and everyone is encouraged to apply for it. You can learn more at www.alvernia.edu/financialaid/index.html or by emailing financialaid@alvernia.edu.

Admissions Office
If you’re interested in applying to the Healthcare Administration program at Alvernia, contact the Admissions Office at 610-796-3011 or at http://www.alvernia.edu/admissions.

Faculty Members
Alvernia’s business and healthcare faculty members are dedicated, highly qualified professionals who are committed to sharing their expertise and knowledge with students. Faculty members have extensive experience in various aspects of business and healthcare, and bring their expertise to the classroom. They often work one-on-one with students to enhance the student’s learning experience, and serve as mentors to aspiring students.

Many faculty members in the Healthcare Administration program are actively engaged in research, have written articles that have appeared in prestigious publications and have presented nationally and internationally at conferences.

You can learn more about Alvernia’s business and healthcare faculty at www.alvernia.edu/academics/professional-programs/business/faculty/index.html and at www.alvernia.edu/academics/professional-programs/healthcare-science/index.html.

GET INVOLVED

There is so much more to college than classes, and Healthcare Administration majors at Alvernia have some excellent opportunities to get involved in activities that are both enjoyable and provide beneficial, hands-on experience. Students who get involved and engaged in extra-curricular activities benefit both academically and socially, and open themselves to integral life lessons from beyond the classroom.

You’ll be encouraged to participate in a range of activities, including some rewarding and inspiring service projects. Some organizations and activities you might enjoy and benefit from include:

  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL). This organization provides opportunities for you to develop vocational competencies for business positions. One of the top 10 organizations listed by the U.S. Department of Education, its goals are to promote competent, aggressive business leadership; provide an understanding of American business enterprise; establish career goals; encourage scholarship; promote sound financial management; and facilitate transition from school to work. Alvernia’s PBL chapter has received many awards on the state and national levels. The group regularly participates in state and national workshops and conferences, and is an active presence on campus.
  • Business majors are invited to join the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The organization acquaints students seeking careers in management, human resource management or labor relations with current issues and trends in those fields. Alvernia’s SHRM is recognized by the Berks County SHRM Chapter, providing networking opportunities with professional chapter members during monthly meetings. SHRM brings speakers to campus to assist in professional development for students, and also helps arrange for off-campus internships, job shadows and workshops. Members of SHRM have attended national conferences in Chicago, New Orleans and San Diego, and participate in campus and community events.
  • The Sport Management Association (SMA). The SMA promotes sport and the field of sports management and supports Alvernia student-athletes. Members also coordinate and help manage athletic events, and, in keeping with Alvernia’s mission “to learn, to love, to serve,” work to enrich the lives of youth in Reading and surrounding areas.
  • Alvernia Student Nurses’ Association (ASNA). This organization provides opportunities for networking with nursing students and professionals on state and national levels. Students can broaden their understanding of issues and concerns facing nurses and the general healthcare profession.
  • Pre-Health Professions Club. For students who are working toward careers in health professions, members of the Pre-Health Professions Club meet to share information, learn more about the health industry and meet others with similar interests. Members include pre-medical and pre-dental students, occupational therapy majors, nursing students, healthcare science majors and others.
  • Alvernia also offers many organizations, clubs and activities outside of your major, and you’re encouraged to get involved. You can learn more about Alvernia’s Student Government Association, becoming a Student Ambassador, student trips and other activities at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/activities.
  • The Holleran Center for Community Engagement serves as a bridge between the University and the community. The Center partners with a variety of organizations to provide Alvernia students opportunities to serve. You might volunteer to tutor senior citizens in basic computer skills, work at the Lutheran Home Care and Hospice Center or volunteer at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. You can read more about volunteer opportunities at http://alvernia.edu/about/holleran-center.
AFTER AU

While healthcare administration is a challenging career arena, it holds many opportunities. As a graduate of Alvernia University’s Healthcare Administration program, you will be well qualified to begin your career. Staff members at the Career Development office will help you with any questions you have about exploring or planning careers. They also will guide you about how to look for and apply to jobs as you get closer to graduation. The office also has a career resources library. You can learn more about career services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/career-services, or by emailing career.services@alvernia.edu. A sampling of employers of Alvernia business and healthcare degree graduates include:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Reading Health System
  • Reading Health Dispensary
  • Temple University Hospital
  • St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Prudential
  • First Union

Some Alvernia business students purse graduate degrees after graduation, either at Alvernia or other colleges and universities. Alvernia offers a special program for motivated students — a MBA + 1 option. By declaring interest in your junior year, you could be eligible to enroll in a 30-credit Master of Business Administration degree program that you complete in just one year. You would extend your stay at Alvernia for an extra year, finishing after five years with both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

For more information about Alvernia’s Healthcare Administration program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.






1.888.alvernia
Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ YouTube RSS Feed Pinterest Instagram tumblr Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ RSS Feed