HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION

The Healthcare Administration (HCA) major (Bachelor of Science) is offered by the School of Health Sciences in collaboration with the Nursing Program, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology, and the School of Business. The Healthcare Administration major prepares graduates as leaders in healthcare organizations and endeavors to prepare graduates for career advancement, lifelong learning, and graduate education.

Program Description

The Healthcare Administration major emphasizes the development of knowledge and skill in healthcare management, leadership, education, research, and practice. The required courses, along with the required general education curriculum, will prepare graduates to advance in leadership roles within healthcare organizations or within their own specific allied health discipline. The program places high value on management, leadership, teaching, research, education, and advanced practice. The clinical capstone course is designed to apply upper-level skills by requiring students to develop a leadership project for implementation specific  to the student’s healthcare interest or allied health discipline. The program emphasizes lifelong learning appropriate to the changing nature of the healthcare system and prepares graduates for a number of career paths, including but not limited to management, leadership, teaching, research, advanced practice, and graduate school.

The program is applicable to all undergraduate students interested in healthcare careers as well as allied health professionals who hold an Associate’s Degree (Respiratory Care, Radiologic Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, or a certified or licensed healthcare discipline deemed applicable by the Admissions, Progression, and Graduation Committee of the Department of Nursing).

The Healthcare Administration major has two courses that are cross-listed Nursing courses. Healthcare Administration majors, both General and Clinical, are not allowed to enroll in any other Nursing courses without admission to the Francis Marion University Nursing program. All Healthcare Administration majors are required to complete all FMU General Education Requirements

Healthcare Administration Requirements

General Track

A major in the Healthcare Administration requires the following:

  1. Interprofessional Healthcare (IPHC) Courses – *Courses may be listed under the department that it is offered*

    1. IPHC 215/POL 215 – Introduction to Public Administration

    2. IPHC 301 – Professional Role and Practice

    3. IPHC 314/PSY 314 – Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine

    4. IPHC 334/NRN 334 – Research in Practice

    5. IPHC 375/SOC 375 – Sociology of Health and Medicine

    6. IPHC 445/NRN 445 – Population-Focused Care

    7. IPHC 448/NRN 448 – Healthcare Policy Development

    8. IPHC 451/FIN 451 – Healthcare Finance

    9. IPHC 456/MGT 456 – Leadership in the Healthcare Environment

    10. IPHC 457 – Professional Capstone Course

  2. Minor/Collateral requirements (two options) 

    1. an 18-hour minor approved by the faculty adviser

    2. two 12-hour collaterals approved by the faculty adviser

  3. The minimum number of semester hours (major, all General Education Requirements, a minor or 2 collaterals, general electives) is 120.


Clinical Track

This track is only available to students having completed an applicable Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Care, Radiologic Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, or a certified or licensed healthcare discipline deemed applicable by the Admissions, Progression, and Graduation Committee of the Department of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Applicant’s previous overall academic success is the primary factor considered for admission to the Department of Nursing. In addition, the Department of Nursing seeks to assure diversity among its applicants and student body. Prior clinical experience and a commitment to healthcare are also valued. To be considered for admission, applicants must have a complted FMU application file including the following:

  1. A copy of ths student’s acceptance to the University.

  2. Three professional references (preferably instructors and employers)

  3. An official transcript verifying an Associate’s Degree in an allied health profession

  4. A copy of the applicant’s current unencumbered license or certificate

A major in Healthcare Administration, Clinical Track requires the following:

  1. 60 hours of transfer credit (towards FMU General Education Requirements and as general electives) from an Associate’s Degree in the allied health professions of Respiratory Care, Radiologic Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology or a certified or licensed healthcare discipline deemed applicable by the Admissions, Progression, and Graduation Committee of the Department of Nursing.

  2. Interprofessional Healthcare (IPHC) Courses – *Courses may be listed under the department that it is offered*

    1. IPHC 215/POL 215 – Introduction to Public Administration

    2. IPHC 301 – Professional Role and Practice

    3. IPHC 314/PSY 314 – Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine

    4. IPHC 334/NRN 334 – Research in Practice

    5. IPHC 375/SOC 375 – Sociology of Health and Medicine

    6. IPHC 445/NRN 445 – Population-Focused Care

    7. IPHC 448/NRN 448 – Healthcare Policy Development

    8. IPHC 451/FIN 451 – Healthcare Finance

    9. IPHC 456/MGT 456 – Leadership in the Healthcare Environment

    10. IPHC 457 – Professional Capstone Course

  3. The minimum number of semester hours (major, all General Education Requirements, a minor or 2 collaterals, general electives) is 120.