Graduate Catalog  2006-2007
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Program in Health Care Administration

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College of Business Administration Overview
Admission | Degree Requirements | Graduate Certificate Program | Integrated Degree Plan | Dual Degree Plan | Courses: HCAD

Areas of Study and Degrees

Health Care Administration
M.S.

Master's Degree Plans

Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

Rebecca Neilson
228 Business, 817.272.3865
rneilson@uta.edu

Graduate Studies

Alisa Johnson
107Q Business, 817.272.3005

Graduate Faculty

Graduate faculty from the College of Business Administration, and School of Nursing, are involved in teaching and supervising graduate student research. See below for faculty contacts in these areas.

Economics

Meiners

Finance

Swanson

Information Systems and Management Sciences

Frazier

Management

McMahan, Quick

Marketing

Munch

Nursing

Grove

 

Objectives

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

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 (paper-based) or 230 (computer-based). 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. 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. 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. 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.

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

Unconditional Admission

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.

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.

Probationary Admission

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.

Provisional, Deferred and Denied Admission

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.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. Degree in health Care Administration requires 36 hours of specified coursework. The twelve courses are normally taken in the following sequence.

HCAD 5301 Health Care Administration I
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
ECON 5333 Economics of Health
INSY 5350 Health Care Information Systems
STAT 5325 Advanced Statistical Methods
HCAD 5390 Seminar in Health Care Administration
HCAD 5399 Residence/Intership

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/Intership. The completion of a residence/Intership 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/Internship 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.

Graduate Certificate Program

Admission

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.

Program of Study

The certificate requires the completion of at least 12 hours of courses selected from HCAD 5301, HCAD 5310, HCAD 5390, ECON 5333, ACCT 5301, 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.

Transfer to the M.S. Program

A student in the Certificate Program must apply for admission and meet all admission requirements to enter the M.S. program.

Integrated Degree Plans

Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Health Care Administration

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.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Health Care Administration

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.

Dual Degree Program

Master of Science in Health Care Administration and Master of Science in Nursing

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; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. 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. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. 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.)

Courses in Health Care Administration (HCAD)

HCAD5192- SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION (1 - 0)
In-depth study of selected topics in health care administration.

HCAD5199- Graduate Health Care Administration Internship (1 - 0)
Practical training in health care administration. Analysis of theory applied to real life situations. Course counts as an elective and has a pass/fail grade. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities. Prerequisite: Minimum nine graduate semester house completed.

HCAD5292- SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION (2 - 0)
In-depth study of selected topics in health care administration.

HCAD5299- Graduate Health Care Administration Internship (2 - 0)
Practical training in health care administration. Analysis of theory applied to real life situations. Course counts as an elective and has a pass/fail grade. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities. Prerequisite: Minimum nine graduate semester house completed.

HCAD5301- 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.

HCAD5302- 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.

HCAD5310- 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.

HCAD5390- 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.

HCAD5392- SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION (3 - 0)
In-depth study of selected topics in health care administration.

HCAD5398- RESEARCH IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION (3 - 0)
Independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.

HCAD5399- Graduate Health Care Administration Internship (3 - 0)
Practical training in health care administration. Analysis of theory applied to real life situations. Course counts as an elective and has a pass/fail grade. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities. Prerequisite: Minimum nine graduate semester house completed.

HCAD5699- RESIDENCE (6 - 0)
Practicum in health care administration and application of concepts and theories to administrative situations in the health industry.

HCAD5999- RESIDENCE (9 - 0)
Practicum in health care administration and application of concepts and theories to administrative situations in the health industry.

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