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Are you interested in a career in healthcare but direct patient care is not for you? The AS degree in Health Services Management is designed for students who hope to work in in the administrative areas of the health care field. Positions can be found in hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms, and doctor’s offices. Health Services Management professionals have little or no direct patient contact, but provide service "behind the scenes." The curriculum is intended to prepare students to enter the upper-division courses in a Health Services Administration program.

Health Service Managers may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

DUTIES

Medical and health services managers typically do the following:

The program covers a broad spectrum of medical, administrative, financial, and managerial knowledge to provide you with a diverse education that will prepare you for work in the healthcare management field.

With your degree, you could become qualified to work in any number of healthcare-related settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and public health organizations. Or, you could find employment working for the healthcare department of a local, state, or federal government agency. 

International Students

International students have a limited number of online and blended courses they can take per-semester and should fully understand the requirements before registering. It is recommended that international students review with their assigned advisor the Health Services Management program as well as their individual educational plan as several courses are only offered online and only offered during specific semesters.  Failure to take courses in the appropriate order can impede an international student's ability to complete. Online courses in the program include HIM 2512, HIM 2012, HIM 1260 and HSC 1531.

Recommendation for Health Services Management Practicum Internship

Prior to taking HSA 2810L, Practicum in Health Facility Administration in the last term, it is required that students participate in seeking out their own internships.  Students should begin to identify potentials preceptors three to six months prior to the start of the practicum. A letter from the planned externship facility needs to be approved by the Health Services Management Associate Dean or (HSA2810L) faculty before making the internship commitment. The letter must contain all associated activities of the internship.  Students should begin to identify potentials preceptors three to six months prior to the start of the practicum. The Health Services Management Practicum Fact Sheet is in link below. For further information, please contact the Health Services Management Department Administrative Assistant at 954-201-6448.

Students are required to complete a background check and drug screening prior to taking the practicum in a healthcare facility. The cost of the background check and screenings is borne by the student (through complio, American Data Bank 1800-200-0853. The complio package can be ordered at www.browardcollegescreening.com starting March 2, 2020. Some healthcare facilities may require additional screening prior to starting the internship. Any additionals fees will be the responsibility of the student.

 

Program Details

We offer complete flexibility in how you take your classes, with options to register for day, evening, weekend, or online classes, so you can complete your chosen track even when employed full time. Classes are offered on all three campuses: A. Hugh Adams Central, North, and Judson A. Samuels South. Class sizes are small enough to allow for individual interaction with your professors and fellow Broward College students. 

For more information about the Health Service Management program including entrance requirements and required courses, browse through the program maps below

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Students completing the required 60 credits are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Health Services Management.

The HSM degree articulates with a 4-year Bachelor of Health Services Administration degree and qualifies graduates for entry-level management positions in a variety of health-related organizations or for further education at the graduate level.  Healthcare needs talented individuals to fill a growing need for professionals within the system – that of the Health Services Administrator. Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field.

Job prospects for medical and Health Service Managers are projected to increase faster than average over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 You should enroll in our Health Services Management program if you are:

  • Ready to work for a healthcare organization
  • Interested in the business-side of healthcare
  • Team player that can get along with different personalities

Faculty include industry experts who have proven track records within their field of study. They include graduates of local schools such as Barry University, St. Thomas University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Miami and Broward College. Faculty in accounting and economics classes prepare you for transfer into a state university to ensure you a seamless transition. Many faculty members are published authors and accounting faculty hold Certified Public Accountant titles.

The Business Management Technical Certificate program requires 24 credits. The Business Operations Technical Certificate requires 18 credits, and the Business Specialist Technical Certificate requires 12 credits. The Associate of Science degree in Business Administration requires 60 credits to complete and offers a broad overview of business development, management and administration.

Program courses may include:

  • Principles of Accounting I & II
  • Diseases of the Human Body
  • Principles of Economics
  • Supervision 
  • Introduction to Management
  • Desktop Applications
  • Spreadsheet Applications
  • Written Communications
  • Introduction to Management
  • Health Care Economics
  • Accounting & Billing Procedures 
  • Speech/Public speaking
  • Health Records Law 
  • Keyboarding
  • Terminology of Body Systems
  • Terminology of Body Support
  • Reimbursement Methodologies
  • Anatomy & Physiology: Systems of Transport & Support
  • Anatomy & Physiology: Body Control Systems
  • Directed Practicum
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Statistics

HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM FACT SHEET

PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE
The Associate of Science Program in Health Services Management provides a practicum experience (HSA2810L) that allows students to apply their knowledge and provides them professional experience outside of the classroom which is consistent with their career goals. Scheduling is flexible and individualized in order to meet the needs of both the student and the organization providing the practicum experience. Students should be aware that the practicum experience will require 16 hours per week for a 15-week duration. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to arrange his or her schedule with the organization providing the practicum in accordance with the requirements of the program.

PURPOSE
The practicum should be experiential and integrative and allow students to demonstrate and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as management competencies in applied, experiential settings. This practical learning experience is an important component of the curriculum and will require students to draw upon, apply and synthesize knowledge, and skills covered throughout the program of study and are required for all enrolled students.

REQUIRED INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE  Goals
The students shall:

  1. Become familiar with the roles and responsibilities associated with the day-to-day work of a health care administrator.
  2. Become involved in various activities and administrative projects at the practicum site that achieves the specified goals of the learning contract.
  3. Implement, complete, and report on administrative project(s) as specified in the course syllabus and practicum contract.
  4. Enhance understanding and application of health management or health education principles, concepts, and procedures
  5. Establish professional contacts within the healthcare community
    6.   Strengthen oral and written communication skills
    7.   Strengthen presentation ability
  6. Strengthen interpersonal skills
    9.   Strengthen critical thinking and problem-solving skills

THE  STUDENT'S  ROLE  IN SECURING AN INTERNSHIP

Past experience has demonstrated that the most effective practicum is one selected by the students themselves. The faculty may participate as a facilitator for this process. Students should begin to identify potentials preceptors three to six months prior to the start of the practicum. Generally, students may not complete a practicum in their place of employment. Exceptions to this rule may be approved on a case by case basis by the Associate Dean, and the following conditions must be met:

  • The internship assignment is distinct from their employment responsibilities and will be completed in a department or division distinct from their regular position
  • The hours devoted to the internship are distinct from their hours of employment
  • There is a qualified Preceptor, other than their immediate supervisor, who can supervise their work

Students are required to complete a background check and drug screening prior to completing a practicum in a healthcare facility. The cost of the background check and screenings is borne by the student.

As a general rule, the preceptor and the student should have a learning agreement no later than two weeks after the start of the semester. The student shall also provide the name, position, site, and overview of the preceptor. This information is to be provided to the faculty by email or hand-delivered. Failure to meet the two-week time frame may delay the completion of the practicum and require the student to receive an incomplete or failing grade for the course. Further, a grade will not be provided if these requirements are not met.

Students should initiate the practicum advisement process prior to the last academic semester (so that an appropriate experience may be arranged in the following term(s).

COMPLETING THE INTERNSHIP
Securing the practicum is just the first step. Completing the practicum experience, particularly, achieving the goals of the learning contract will be facilitated by the student's focused efforts and involvement.

THE STUDENT'S ROLE
Proactive participation in the assigned internship activities requires the student to be on site for the agreed-upon hours and actively engaged in assigned activities, meetings, and project(s). The student will also complete a satisfactory written journal by the designated deadline. The journal will include practicum duties performed, learning outcomes, and an overview of the experience. A final grade will be given upon successful completion of all documents. All documents should be provided to the office by the last week of the semester to allow enough time for review. All incomplete assignments will receive an "I" or Incomplete and will be required to complete the practicum requirements the following semester.

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Institutional Accreditation

Broward College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Broward College.

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