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.

 

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 healthcare administration 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

 

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Some Alvernia business students pursue 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.

Learn more about the MBA Program here.

 

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. You’ll need to complete 54-55 liberal arts core credits and complete community service hours.  View your Major Academic Plan (MAP) here.

 

In addition, Healthcare Administration majors must complete 58 credits in the major.  View all business course descriptions here.

Required Courses (58 credits)

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

Related Requirements (6 credits)

ECON 248 Macroeconomics
ECON 249 Microeconomics

Recommended Courses

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

 

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 settings through internships and cooperative experiences.

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

  • The Camden Riversharks
  • Citizens Bank
  • Cott Beverage
  • Ernst & Young
  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Haines & Kibblehouse
  • InRoads
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The Philadelphia Eagles
  • The Reading Royals
  • Service And Access Management (SAM)
  • Superior Oxygen
  • U.S. Department of Finance
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Walt Disney World
  • Webb Insurance

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 here.

 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Research is a valuable aspect of any education. Business faculty at Alvernia conduct research in a variety of areas, including leadership, management, organizational development, strategy, market research, international marketing, time management, conflict resolution, international leadership and hiring of part-time employees.

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

 

BUSINESS MINOR

Students who major in another area can minor in business by earning 21 credits. Required courses for a business minor are:

BUS 101 Financial Accounting 
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting
BUS 206 Management Principles 
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 410 Financial Markets
ECON 248 Macroeconomics OR ECON 249 Microeconomics

 

DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Dr. Samuel M. Bradley
Associate Professor of Business
samuel.bradley@alvernia.edu
610-796-8236

 

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.

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