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Online BS in Health Service Administration: Health Sciences: Courses

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

Complete your BS in Health Service Administration: Health Sciences degree online in less than four years with The American Women’s College of Bay Path University (TAWC). As a student, you’ll complete TAWC’s undergraduate core courses, plus 13 major courses and electives chosen based on your professional interests.

University Core


Financial Wellness is a practical approach to making informed and empowering decisions about financial health. Students explore values, feelings and knowledge related to money, acquire basic financial knowledge and apply this knowledge to short and long term financial decisions.

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally.

Prerequisite: ENG 114

This required interdisciplinary course is designed to give all undergraduate students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for lifelong learning. Students examine leadership within the larger context of our interdependent world and their own strengths, values, and aspirations. Students also examine learning styles, communication skills and technology to create a personalized action plan for success. This course lays the foundation for higher-level courses in the WELL program.

Together, we will spend the course defining and refining our response to the question: what is a meaningful career and what resources do I need to achieve one? We will also build upon the learning we achieved in WEL 220 by thinking about how career management skills can help us become more effective leaders. This course has been designed to support learners in all phases of their professional and life paths, from meaningful career planning through the job search and beyond. You will find that many assignments can be tailored to your own personal situation, whether you are just embarking on your career, changing course, or preparing for retirement.

Prerequisite: WEL 100 or WEL 220

The BS in Health Service Administration: Health Sciences program requires 22 credits of core electives:

  • Behavioral/Social Science Electives (6 credits)
  • Humanities Electives (9 credits)
  • Science Electives (lab required) (7 credits)

Learn more about which courses apply to these credits by speaking with an enrollment counselor.

Using an active learning approach, students will explore psychological perspectives and methods as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Other topics include: neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, and psychological disorders.

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression.

Prerequisite: MAT 104 or appropriate placement test score

Major Requirements


In this course, students will be provided a baseline of knowledge of the fundamentals of computers and digital literacies to ensure they will be able to understand a constantly changing technology oriented landscape. In this course, students will be exposed to the fundamentals of computing technology, including computer hardware and software concepts; the Windows operating system and commands; drives, folders, and files; Google’s suite of applications; use of the Internet and growing connectivity with everyday devices; and digital literacy knowledge and skills. By mastering the fundamentals of computing technology and demonstrating digital literacy, students will have the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce.

This course is aimed at beginning to intermediate computer users. It teaches a range of computer skills on the basics of using spreadsheets for various applications. Spreadsheet software remains one of the most ubiquitous pieces of software used in workplaces across the world. Learning to confidently operate this software means adding a highly valuable asset to your employability portfolio. Students will learn to navigate the user interface, perform basic calculations with formulas and functions, professionally format spreadsheets, and create visualizations of data through charts and graphs. Practical examples that demonstrate how useful spreadsheets are for presenting data, solving problems, and making business decisions will be highlighted.

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty.

Prerequisite: ENG 114

This course examines global and U.S. management challenges of delivering cost effective quality health care in the 21st century. Student will analyze leadership theories and a range of factors that affect leadership and performance, determining best practices to meet the current demands for improved quality care, access for consumers and reducing the cost of health care. Students will explore the various aspects of healthcare management associated with planning, leading, motivating, organizing, and controlling to develop creative and innovative approaches to meet the changing demands for healthcare in the 21st century.

Prerequisite: ENG 124

This course provides an overview of the integration of technology in the health care setting. Students will examine the processes used in the selection, application, and evaluation of computer software and hardware. Methods and processes to make informed business decisions related to the application and use of technology in health care it will be discussed.

Prerequisite: HSA 300

This course examines the complexity and multiple issues involved in human resource management in health care organizations. Students will examine the strategic role of human resource management in response to changes in the health care industry. In addition, issues such as recruitment, retention, performance management, organizational development, and employee relations are examined. Federal, state and professional regulatory requirements specific to health care are emphasized. Student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment.

Prerequisite: HSA 300

This course will examine the use of quality monitoring tools, benchmarking processes and quality indicator reports along with applications related to performance-improvement activities. Students will analyze data that impacts performance improvement focusing on clinical processes and improved patient care, risk management to reduce medical, legal and financial risks to an organization and utilization management determining the appropriateness and planned use of resources in an effort to reduce health care costs. Students will identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop reasonable solutions to the current set of problems.

Prerequisite: HSA 300

This course focuses on the complex legal and regulatory issues involving health care ranging from patient rights to corporate responsibilities. Students will learn about the formulation and implementation of health care policies and laws as they impact consumer care. Public and private health care regulatory agencies are examined as well as their impact on the operation of health care as a business. Legal issues ranging from professional malpractice to corporate wrongdoing are also discusses.

Prerequisite: HSA 300

This courses focuses on ethical issues facing health care in the 21st century. Students will utilize the tools necessary to resolve ethical dilemmas. Emphasis is placed on the interrelated nature of ethics, morality, legal responsibilities and social issues. By examining ethical issues and scenarios which will relate directly to their work environment, students will have a clearer sense of how their health care organization’s code of ethics along with their own ethical values related to operation decisions made on a daily basis.

Prerequisite: HSA 300

This course provides an understanding of the general principles of accounting applied in the health care environment focusing on the delivery of cost effective quality care. It includes an overview of third party payers an additional sources of revenue for various health care entities. The fundamentals of financial planning, cost concepts, capital budgeting and management analysis are applied in the health care environment. Issues surrounding the development and management of budgets are also examined.

Prerequisite: HSA 300

In this course students will have the opportunity to conduct market research by examining the traits, trends and needs of today’s health care consumer. Students will develop a marketing plan employing marketing principles and strategies in promoting health care services and programs to prospective consumers and identify a competitive advantage through value-enhanced services.

Prerequisite: HSA 300

The BS in Health Service Administration: Health Sciences program requires 44 credits of general electives. Learn more about which courses apply to these credits by speaking with an enrollment counselor.

Choose one of the following


The senior seminar proves the student an opportunity to apply all of the knowledge and principles gained from the health care administration program. Utilizing creative thinking and innovation the student will design a health care facility in a third world county. Based upon research of the geographic area, identifying health care needs of that population available resources and potential funding students will create a facility utilizing the knowledge learned throughout the entire Health Services Administration program. The seminar may be accomplished independently or with a team of two women.

Prerequisite: HSA 300, HSA 330, HSA 340, HSA 360, HSA 400, HSA 420, and HSA 460

This interdisciplinary capstone course is designed to give senior-level students an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership, communications and technology skills through active engagement in a self-directed change project. Building on assignments completed in previous courses, students are responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating an experiential learning project that draws on their talents, interests, strengths and skills to facilitate change in a personal, family, organizational and/or community setting.

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