Health Care Administration
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Graduate faculty from the College of Business Administration, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and School of Urban and Public Affairs are involved in teaching and supervising graduate student research. See below for faculty contacts in these areas.
The program in Health Care Administration is designed to provide graduate students an integrated, contemporary, and multidisciplinary education. Diverse topics are integrated into the curriculum, research and residences to provide:
1. An understanding of the modern health industry
2. Knowledge, skills and abilities to assume administrative roles in various organizations in the health industry
3. Opportunities to develop leadership skills
4. Interactions with diverse specialists in the health industry to evaluate and resolve administrative problems
Admission to the M.S. in Health Care Administration (HCAD) program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For HCAD program admission a score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and record of one's undergraduate academic performance are required. Students for whom English is not their native language must achieve a TOEFL score of at least 575. International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete U.T. Arlington's Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate coursework. Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments, linguistic abilities, computer expertise and leadership experience. Applicants with two or more years of experience in the health care industry are preferred. A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for denying an applicant's admission to the HCAD program.
Multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Quantitative measures include an applicant's GMAT or GRE scores and grade point average as calculated by the Graduate School. These measures are integrated into a formula, or index, that multiplies the grade point average by 200 and adds the total GMAT score. (If the GRE is taken instead, the average of the verbal and quantitative scores replaces the total GMAT score in the index.) Index factors are weighed equally at the outset of applicant evaluation. A graduate grade point average is used in the index when it is 3.0 or above and is based on at least 24 semester hours.
Along with grade point average and GMAT or GRE scores, admission criteria include the following:
1. GMAT or GRE sub scores (verbal and quantitative)
2. GMAT or GRE writing sample
3. Grades in specified undergraduate business and non-business courses (math, accounting, economics, statistics, for example)
4. Educational objectives and quality of written expression of the application essay
5. Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant's academic background and/or work experience
6. Undergraduate major
7. General and specific program Accreditation status of degree granting institution
8. Professional work experience
9. Professional certification or licensure
10. A personal interview, at the discretion of the program advisor
For unconditional admission, the applicant's composite total from the index must be 1050 or higher and items 1 through 5 above should strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate health care administration student.
The GMAT or GRE test may be waived for applicants with an earned graduate degree in an appropriate health care related discipline or profession.
The GMAT or GRE test may also be waived for applicants with five or more years of increasing responsibility in managerial, professional, and/or technical positions in the health care industry, and with a 3.0 grade point average on undergraduate work as calculated by the Graduate School; detailed work history required with application.
The GMAT or GRE test may also be waived for individuals who have received a bachelor's degree from U.T. Arlington within the last three years with a 3.2 grade point average in the last 60 hours of work, subject to the other requirements listed in the Admission section of this catalog.
Students who are unconditionally admitted, have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 as calculated by the Graduate School (or 3.0 at the graduate level), and enroll for a minimum of six semester credit hours will be eligible for available fellowship and/or scholarship support. A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining fellowship and/or scholarship eligibility.
For an applicant with an index score below 1050, probationary admission may be available when at least three items of 1 through 5 above strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate health care administration student. Items 6 through 10 will also be used to identify positive indicators for admission. Students who are admitted on probation will have one or more conditions specified, such as no grade less than 'B' for the first 12 hours of graduate study.
A provisional decision to admit may be granted when the applicant meets criteria for unconditional or probationary status but one or more applicant credentials are incomplete. A deferred decision may be made when an applicant's file is not sufficiently complete to make an admit or deny decision.
For an applicant with an index score less than 1000 and other evidence that indicates lack of potential for academic success as a graduate health care administration student, admission will likely be denied. However, all applicant data will be carefully reviewed before an admission denial is made.
The M.S. Degree in health Care Administration requires 36 hours of specified coursework. The twelve courses are normally taken in the following sequence.
ECON 5333 Economics of Health
MANA 5340 Strategic Human Resource Management
HCAD 5310 Health Care Law
ECON 5313 Managerial Economics
ACCT 5301 Accounting Analysis I
FINA 5315 Health Care Financial Management
MARK 5330 Service Marketing Management
HCAD 5301 Health Care Administration I
INSY 5350 Health Care Information Systems
BUSA 5325 Advanced Statistical Methods
HCAD 5390 Seminar in Health Care Administration
HCAD 5399 Residence
Together these courses provide the student with a general background in business and economics and industry relevant knowledge in all of the fundamental areas of managing health care organizations. The residence or internship course requirement can be satisfied in either of two methods. The residence options are as follows:
Working Residence. The completion of a residence is a primary component of the program for students who do not have prior appropriate professional work experience in a health-related organization. The residence provides students the opportunity to acquire firsthand professional knowledge of and experience with the functioning of a health-related organization. The working residence requires the completion of 240 hours of approved work experience in a professional capacity and a final written report, related to the student's residence, supervised by a member of the faculty of the degree program. The Graduate Advisor will provide overall supervision and coordination of the residence.
Residence Substitute. A student who has substantial and acceptable work experience in a supervisory or professional position may qualify for the residence substitute. Work experience is approved by the Graduate Advisor. Accordingly, a student may request:
Option I. Design, conduct and complete a supervised research project, an effort equivalent in scope to three (3) hours of graduate research-oriented courses, that is highly relevant to the student's intended future professional focus in lieu of a working residence; the project will be supervised by at least one member of the faculty of the degree program, or
Option II. Complete an approved graduate course with significant research content highly relevant for the student's intended future professional field of specialty.
The certificate program is available to any student who has been admitted into the Graduate School at U.T. Arlington. The student should contact the Graduate Advisor to declare the intent to earn the certificate before enrolling in courses to satisfy certificate requirements.
The certificate requires the completion of at least 12 hours of courses selected from HCAD 5301, HCAD 5310, HCAD 5390, ECON 5333, FINA 5315, INSY 5350, or MARK 5330 as approved by the Graduate Advisor. A grade of A or B must be received for all courses that can be applied to meet certificate requirements.
A student in the Certificate Program must apply for admission and meet all admission requirements to enter the M.S. program.
A five-year curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in health care administration. The curriculum also prepares students for medical school and advanced study. Students are required to take courses from life sciences, business and liberal arts, culminating in a five-year Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration (HCAD), including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. The curriculum is offered jointly by the College of Business Administration and the College of Science. The BS in Biology will be conferred at the same time that the student is awarded the MS in Health Care Administration. If a student engaged in this joint degree program is not accepted into the HCAD graduate program, or enters the HCAD program and fails to complete the requirement for the master's degree in HCAD, then in order to earn a BS in Biology, the student must take the same, full complement of courses required to earn the BS as taken by students not enrolled in the BIOL/HCAD joint program.
Students interested in this integrated undergraduate and graduate degree plan should consult with the Biology undergraduate advisor and the Health Care Administration graduate advisor.
The five-year curriculum prepares students for careers in health care administration. Students are required to take courses from behavioral and life sciences, business, and liberal arts, culminating in a five-year Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration (HCAD), including a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. The BA degree in Psychology will be awarded at the same time that the student receives the MS in Health Care Administration. If a student engaged in this joint degree program is not accepted into the HCAD graduate program, or enters the HCAD program and fails to complete the requirements for the masters degree in HCAD, a BA degree in Psychology will not be awarded until the student has completed all courses required of students for a BA degree who are not enrolled in this dual degree program. Courses taken in Business may be used to satisfy the requirements of a minor area of study.
Students interested in this integrated undergraduate and graduate degree plan should consult with the Psychology undergraduate advisor and the Health Care Administration graduate advisor.
The College of Business Administration and the School of Nursing offer a dual degree consisting of the M.S. in Health Care Administration and the Master of Science in Nursing. Both degrees focus on administration and health care content and can be completed with a minimum of 56 hours total. Students can expand their knowledge and skills of nursing while also preparing themselves for administrative positions in a variety of health care organizations. Persons interested in pursuing both degrees simultaneously should review the dual degree arrangements presented in the introductory sections of the catalog and consult with both the advisor of the M.S. in Nursing and the advisor of the M.S. in Health Care Administration.
The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.
An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.
Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either"Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)
5301 HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION I (3-0). Introduction to health care; legislation; reimbursement systems; characteristic administrative and clinical roles responsibilities and education; public health care structures; regulatory agencies; health industry trends; and advances in research and technologies.
5302. HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION II (3-0). Managed care; types of health care delivery systems; national health care policy; teamwork in primary care; management of cost and quality of care; legal issues; ethical issues, including bioethics and business ethics; changing roles of health care professionals; varieties of domestic, public and international health care delivery systems. Prerequisite: HCAD 5301 or consent of the Graduate Advisor.
5310. HEALTH CARE LAW (3-0). Coverage of statutory and case law of the health care industry. Topics include patient rights and malpractice, employment and compensation matters, insurance and claims, and government agencies that regulate aspects of health services delivery.
5390. SEMINAR IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION (3-0). Integration of the curriculum into a cohesive whole. Use of policy cases in health care to develop decision and leadership skills.
5399, 5699, 5999. RESIDENCE. Practicum in health care administration and application of concepts and theories to administrative situations in the health industry. HCAD 5399, 5699 and 5999 are graded R/P/F.