2020-2021 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 16, 2021  
2020-2021 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog

Fast Track Master of Healthcare Administration (B.S./M.H.C.A.)


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The Fast Track Master of Healthcare Administration program (B.S./M.H.C.A.) is ideal for students who know early on in their academic career that they have a calling to serve through dynamic leadership in the healthcare industry. Students apply for the program at the end of their freshman year. Students begin undergraduate-level coursework in the Department of Healthcare Administration in the fall of their sophomore year and begin taking the regular plan of study for the M.H.C.A. during the fall of their senior year of undergraduate studies. Students are required to enroll in courses the summer between their third and fourth year of study to complete their undergraduate requirements. At the end of their fifth year of study, they will be awarded both the B.S. in healthcare administration and master of healthcare administration degrees. Students in the accelerated program will be required to complete 360 hours of internship experience and community service to complete both degree requirements. Admission to this program is competitive, and requires application in January of the student’s freshman year of courses.

Undergraduate Courses (BS in Healthcare Admin): 104 Credits


Year 3, Summer I: 3 Credits


Healthcare Admin Internship (1 of 2)

Year 3, Summer II: 3 Credits


Healthcare Admin Internship (2 of 2)

Graduate Courses (Master of Healthcare Admin): 48 Credits


Year 4, Fall: 12 Credits

  • MHCA 500 - Healthcare Systems (3)
  • MHCA 501 - Healthcare Statistics and Research Methods (3)
  • MHCA 502 - Healthcare Information and Informatics Management (3)
  • MHCA 503 - Healthcare Management (3)

Year 4, Spring: 9 Credits

  • MHCA 510 - Healthcare Financial Management and Budgeting (3)
  • MHCA 511 - Healthcare Policy and Law (3)
  • MHCA 512 - Healthcare Economics (3)

Year 4, Summer: 9 Credits

  • MHCA 520 - Healthcare Project Management (3)
  • MHCA 521 - Healthcare Human Resource Management (3)
  • MHCA 522 - Healthcare Leadership and Professionalism (3)

Year 5, Fall: 9 Credits

  • MHCA 600 - Healthcare Patient Safety and Quality (3)
  • MHCA 601 - Healthcare Ethics (3)
  • MHCA 602 - Healthcare Organizational Dynamics and Governance (3)

Year 5, Spring: 9 Credits

  • MHCA 610 - Healthcare Strategic Management and Marketing (3)
  • MHCA 611 - Healthcare Administration Graduate Capstone (3)
  • MHCA 612 - Healthcare Administration Graduate Internship (3)

See the 2020-2021 Samford University Graduate Catalog for course descriptions for graduate MHCA courses.


Total Required Credits: 152


*Prereq for HCAD 325  is HCAD 302 .
**Only for HCAD majors in their final semester.

NOTE: The following courses are cross-listed:
HCAD 201  with PHLT 201  
HCAD 220  with PHLT 232  
HCAD 221  with HIIM 304  
HCAD 301  with HIIM 311  and PHLT 311  
HCAD 302  with HIIM 302  
HCAD 304  with PHLT 309  
HCAD 321  with HIIM 321  
HCAD 401  with HIIM 401  
HCAD 404  with HIIM 407  
HCAD 420  with HIIM 420  

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