Sep 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Services Administration [8002] ‡

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Bachelor of Applied Science

(120 Credit Hours)

Program Director

Heather Hernandez, CRDH, MBA

Program Description and Goal

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration Program prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services. Graduates acquire desired workforce skills in human services, health financial management, health information systems and an understanding of health care issues. This program prepares students for careers in a wide range of management and administrative positions in health-related organizations and health service delivery systems. Job opportunities may include clinical and laboratory manager, health care facility coordinator, and department manager among other administrative and managerial positions in hospitals, ambulatory care, physician group practices, social service agencies, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers and other health-related businesses.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate theories and concepts impacting the profession.
  • Analyze and employ the proper ethical and legal standards required in advocating for patients and interacting with professionals.
  • Differentiate and employ effective communications needed for patient, family, and staff interaction, as well as problem solving, critical reasoning and conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect and record data, as well as conduct research and implement quality improvement measures, and analyze information from a variety of sources in order to formulate sound decisions and program of action ensuring safe humanistic high-quality care.
  • Analyze critical incidents utilizing evidence-based practice and take immediate steps to resolve the situation, in collaboration with others.
  • Employ leadership concepts and skills in prioritizing, designing, coordinating, and managing professional responsibilities.
  • Comprehend the influence of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on professional practice.

Separate Application

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Admission Requirements

1. An Associate in Science Degree or,
2. Associate in Arts Degree or
3. Completion of sixty (60) College credits
4. A 2.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0

Health Services Administration Program Requirements

Prerequisite Courses: 15 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration students will successfully complete (letter grade of “C” or better) 5 of the following 9 Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration prerequisite courses prior to Health Services Administration upper level core or Health Services Administration elective enrollment.

Health Services Administration Program Courses

Students in the Health Services Administration program complete the following 30 core credit hours plus 15 credit hours of upper level Health Service Administration electives.

Health Services Administration Electives: 15 Credit Hours

Students may choose from individualized specialization elective plans or incorporate any combination of upper-level health services electives to complete BAS degree requirements.

Specialized Elective Plans

Validated Health Professions Credits

Up to 30 validated credit hours will be awarded to HSA graduation applicants who hold a current, unencumbered, unrestricted Florida Health Professions license in the following fields:

  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapists

Graduation Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees

The following general requirements for graduation from SCF must be met by all candidates for the Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degrees. Additional requirements may exist for individual programs.

  1. Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours. For residency purposes, a minimum of 30 credit hours required for graduation must be completed at SCF. All other specific degree requirements also must be met. Developmental education (formerly college preparatory) instruction may not be counted toward fulfilling the total number of credit hours required for residency purposes or graduation.
  2. For purposes of conferring the bachelor’s degree, students must complete at least 30 credit hours of courses numbered 3000 level or above. Of these, at least 15 credit hours must be taken at SCF.
  3. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4 .0 scale for all work completed at SCF and a 2.0 grade point average or higher for combined coursework with SCF that includes all transferable credits.
  4. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all upper division program requirements.
  5. Students must complete the general education requirements (36 credit hours) as defined in the Associate in Arts degree. Students who transfer to SCF with either an Associate in Arts degree or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the general education component of the degree. Courses will be reviewed for equivalency for students who transfer without an Associate in Arts or bachelor’s degree.
  6. Students must have completed Florida’s foreign language requirement prior to the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Students may meet this competency by:  A) successful completion of two years (four semesters) of the same foreign language officially documented on a high school transcript; or B) successful completion (grade C or better) of two semesters of the same foreign language at a college or university officially documented on a college/university transcript; or C) education completed outside the United States as documented on an official foreign high school transcript that reflects a primary language other than English; D) or Successful completion of two foreign language equivalents through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), or UEXCEL exams.  One or more of these exams can be in combination with successful completion of college/university credit in the same foreign language subject area.  Official transcripts from a high school, college and/or university and/or official examination results must be submitted to the educational records office.
  7. For students wishing to pursue another bachelor’s degree, the student must complete a minimum of 15 additional credit hours beyond the first bachelor’s degree as well as any other degree requirements and graduation requirements listed above for the second program. 

SCF reserves the right to make changes in the regulations, offerings, requirements and any provisions announced in this Catalog at any time as circumstances require.

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