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The Bachelor of Health Services Administration program (BHSA) here at the Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) qualifies graduates for entry-level management positions in a variety of health-related organizations, and prepares them for graduate studies in health service administration or other related health sciences programs.
The emphasis is on ethical change management, inter-professional collaboration, leadership, informatics and communication, and the preparation of diverse health services managers to become leaders in the delivery of high quality, accessible, culturally competent and evidence-based management of healthcare organizations within an ever-changing, highly technological and global environment.
A BHSA degree is a valuable career development pathway for students who are:
- Licensed/certified in clinical health science professions without an undergraduate degree;
- Interested in administration/leadership in healthcare systems; and
- Interested in a healthcare career at the graduate level
Students are prepared for entry and advancement to mid-level employment opportunities in a variety of healthcare organizations and settings by developing sound and ethical managerial and leadership competencies needed in the dynamic healthcare industry.
At the graduate level, health career opportunities include: health services administration; public health; and other health science professions (e.g., Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology given that students complete the prerequisite science courses). Graduates of this program typically are employed in community agencies, long-term care facilities and acute care healthcare systems.
The purpose of the Bachelor of Health Services Administration degree is to equip students with the administrative knowledge and skills required to improve the quality of care to multilingual, multigenerational, multicultural populations within diverse healthcare settings.
At the completion of the Bachelor of Health Services Administration program, graduates are expected to be able to:
- Analyze evidence-based standards of quality healthcare organizations within the U.S. in the context of our current and future healthcare system.
- Evaluate evidence-based standards and healthcare outcomes of the U.S. healthcare system with those of different global healthcare systems.
- Utilize best practices to deliver innovative care within diverse quality learning healthcare organizations.
- Demonstrate the administrative, technological, problem-solving, conceptual, communication, human relations, financial, strategic planning/evaluation, legal, legislative, and regulatory knowledge/skills/behaviors foundational to healthcare management and leadership.
- Demonstrate the knowledge/skills/behaviors to collaborate with inter-professional members of the healthcare team in the delivery of individualized, economic and ethical healthcare services with accountability, cultural competency and responsibility of own practice.
- Utilize ethical change management and creative leadership knowledge/skills/behaviors to promote quality healthcare in rapidly changing multicultural, multigenerational, multilingual, and global environments.
- Practice critical thinking and lifelong learning to independently pursue personal and professional growth.
A Minor in Health Services Administration holds great value for students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in another field but also have an interest in health services administration. This Minor can complement a number of other disciplines, including health sciences, finance and business degrees, to give students a more rounded resume when embarking on a career in the healthcare system.