Health Care Administration

Overview

The Master of Health Care Administration degree is designed to prepare students for a career as an administrator or staff specialist in health care institutions or agencies that involve the provision, financing, regulation or insuring of health services. Advanced studies in business management, health facilities organization and operations, strategic planning and decision making provide students the specialized knowledge and skills needed to lead and administer today's complex health care systems. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

See the HCA brochure (pdf).

Video Course Format

Approximately half of the courses are offered in a face-to-face format. The remaining courses are classified as hybrid; coursework is provided using a combination of face-to-face and online delivery methods.

All courses use TWU’s Blackboard system to distribute instructional material and/or facilitate learning experiences.

The Program will retain the same mix of face-to-face and hybrid classes as the same program on Houston campus, with the on-campus class sessions offered via synchronous video to remote locations in lieu of face-to-face instruction.

Students at remote locations will be expected to attend class at the same time and on the same days as those students on the Houston campus. Grade deductions for unexcused absences will be the same regardless of the class location.

The HCA Program stresses the importance of students actively participating in healthcare related, local professional society meetings. Faculty will travel to Collin College in conjunction with local professional society meetings. In that way, distance students will attend the meetings along with the faculty member, providing networking opportunities for both students and faculty.

Students in the distance education program will have the same library access as on-site students. TWU maintains an extensive list of on-line databases for student use. Library staff can be contacted through email, if needed.

The distance education host campus will provide web access and access to printing facilities that are available to on-site students in a student library or computer lab.

The HCA Program holds a new student orientation each semester, the Saturday before classes begin. It is expected that distance students will attend this orientation using the same video facilities used for the classes themselves.

All students in the Program are assigned a faculty advisor. Advising for distance education students will be primarily by email although technologies much as Skype or FaceTime can be used

Student course satisfaction surveys are routinely provided by the University. The surveys include free text areas where it is expected that student opinions on the distance environment and effectiveness will be found.

Program overview

The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

The Program is a contemporary program focusing on the working professional: evening classes, Monday through Thursday only, blended on-site and on-line class format, all prerequisite courses taught by the Program, tailored to the professional background of the applicant.

The Program provides an integrative learning experience connecting skills and knowledge from multiple sources and experiences, and between academic knowledge and practice.

All Program faculty are former healthcare or business practitioners

Internships are available to provide real world experience in the field. Internships are counted towards required elective credit.

Programs available

  • Master’s in health care administration
  • Certificate in health care administration

Program outcomes

  • Median years to complete the degree, 2.5 years or 8 semesters (part-time student taking 6 credit hours per semester)
  • Average GPA of graduating students, 3.7/4.0
  • 98% of Program graduates are employed in healthcare within the first 3 months after graduation (rolling 2 year average, includes students who remain with their current employer upon graduation, and those in internships and residency positions upon graduation).

The curriculum

In accordance with our competency model, courses use a mixture of student learning material and assessment methods. The competency model used by the Program was developed by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL).

The NCHL model stresses the importance of experiential learning. As such, all courses in the Program are evaluated as to the match of assessment approach and level, to the NCHL competency assigned to the student learning outcome. These are reviewed Program-wide once every 3 years as a part of an ongoing quality initiative.

For more information

Health Care Administration
Texas Woman’s University
6700 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713.794.2061
Fax: 713.794.2350
healthcareadmin@twu.edu

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