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Health Care Administration

HCA 101 - Health Care Systems and Admin (3 credits)

This course will focus on a broad introduction to the health care system and organizations in the United States. Topics include public health, participants in the health care system, customer service skills, management skills, budgeting and planning, marketing, information technology in health care, historical developments, trends, public policy, ethical issues, comparison with systems in other countries, and the impact of global economy on health care administration. (Formerly: HCA 201, HCA 301: Health Care Systems in the United States).

HCA 105 - Medical Terminology (3 credits)

This course will focus on medical terminology, with an emphasis on recognizing, evaluating, and deducting meanings of medical words by applying word-building rules. Study will be directed to define word parts and apply word-building rules to form words from suffixes, prefixes, and roots in the combining form. An additional focus of study will be to define and use words pertaining to the various sub-specialties of medicine.

HCA 111 - The Claims Environment (3 credits)

This course will focus on the necessary claims skills employed by the claims representative, the fundamentals of industry quality claims procedures, successful negotiating techniques in claims settlements, the ability to recognize insurance fraud, and ethical obligations.

HCA 201 - HC Quality Concepts & Principles (3 credits)

This course will focus on information and historical trends for some of the most important issues and challenges in health care quality. This course will provide the knowledge base and the tools required by the novice health care manager seeking to expand his/her scope of responsibilities. This course is also intended for more experienced health care managers who are seeking to expand their repertoire of resources to effectively and confidently do the job. Topics include definitions of quality in health care, dimensions of quality care and performanc (including outcomes, overuse, and underuse), variation in practice patterns, errors and threats to patient safety, service flaws, and forms of waste such as data sources, costs, causes, and remedies. (Formerly titled: "Health Care Systems in the U.S.")

HCA 211 - Health Care Finance (3 credits)

This course will focus on the managerial aspects of financial analysis. It includes analysis of financial statements, costs, capital projects, and working capital, Medicare, Medicaid, changes and rate setting under reimbursement schedules, budgeting, ROI methodology, forecasting, and strategic planning. (Formerly: FIN 211). Recommended Prerequisite(s): ACC 101.

HCA 301 - Contemporary Ethical Issues in HCA (3 credits)

This course will focus on an examination of the contemporary ethical issues that arise in the context of health care. This ncludes such issues as informed consent, termination of life support, research ethics, genetics and cloning, reproductive technologies, and professional ethics. The course will also include an introduction to main ethical principles, codes of ethics, and ethical theories that are relevant to understanding and resolving ethical problems/issues. It will also examine current political issues such as the impact of finances which may have an effect on the health care decision-making process, with a focus on the ethical implications of health care policies and decisions. (Formerly: PHIL 301). Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

HCA 311 - Health Care Economics (3 credits)

This course will focus on how microeconomic theory can be used to understand the operation of health care markets, and analyze various problems and issues relating to health economics, including international comparisons. The course will review and analyze the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the current and future health care economics. Current political issues will also be addressed as they relate to health care economics. (Formerly: ECO 401, ECO 311). Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

HCA 321 - Continuous Qual Improvement in HCA (3 credits)

This course will focus on a basic interdisciplinary perspective on quality management in health care, including organizational behavior, operations management, and health services research. This approach to quality management examines the unique tools and approaches fundamental to Total Quality Management (TQM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). (Formerly: HCA 300 & HCA 200 Management of Quality Healthcare). Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, HCA 101.

HCA 330 - Terrorism/Disaster Mgt for HC Admin (3 credits)

This course will focus on various aspects of terrorism and emergency management. It will also cover the responsibilities of the health care administrator, manager, or leader responsible for facility preparedness, employees, and staff in any disaster situation. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, HCA 101.

HCA 350 - Transcultural Competency in HCA (3 credits)

This course will focus on the relationship between cultural understanding and quality health care, and its importance in discussing health care disparities. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

HCA 399 - Health Care Adminstration Practicum (3 credits)

This course wll focus on allowing students tol gain hands-on experience in a health care organization. A minimum of 240 hours for the 15 weeks is required. Students already employed in the field may complete the fieldwork at their place of employment, but in a different role than they currently fulfill. Charter Oak State College will assign a faculty consultant to assess the student's work. Students will be responsible for arranging the practicum and submitting a proposal for approval prior to the start of the course. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

HCA 401 - Regltry & Accred Agenc Requ for HCO (3 credits)

This course will focus on examining the regulatory and accrediting environments and discussing the difference between them as they apply to health care organizations. Topics will include HIPPAA regulations, corporate compliance, regulating bodies and accrediting agencies, and current legal and political health care issues. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

HCA 411 - Health Care Law (3 credits)

This course will focus on the issues that arise where state and/or federal law and the American health care system intersect. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

HCA 450 - Leadership in HCA (3 credits)

This course will focus on the role of leadership in health care administration. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

HCA 499 - Health Care Administration Capstone (3 credits)

This is the required capstone course in the Charter Oak State College Health Care Administration concentration and should be taken in the student's last semester. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their major to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. The goal of the capstone course is for students to integrate the knowledge gained in the Health Care Administration courses, and to introduce students to the concepts behind strategic management and strategy implementation. This includes structural, cultural, and leadership implications. This course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. (Formerly titled: Strategic Managament in HCA Capstone.) Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.


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