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Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration

Housed in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at California State Univeristy Long Beach (CSULB) and graduated its first cohort in 1988, the undergraduate Health Care Administration (BS-HCA) program has been a full certified member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) since 1996. Such certification demonstrates program excellence through a process of external peer review in which programs are examined to determine the quality of the curriculum, infrastructure, and outcomes. 

The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BS-HCA) curriculum consists of 120 units of course work. The undergraduate program admits freshmen and transfer students with a significant number of community college credits. Interested students must first apply to the CSULB for admission and are encouraged to contact the CHHS advisors for advising before enrolling in courses.

Admission Requirements

  • All students must complete a minimum of 13-14 semester units or the equivalent in prerequisite preparatory course for the major: ACCT 201, ECON 101 or ECON 300, HDEV 190 or SOC 170 or PSY 110 or STAT 108 and BIOL 205 (or equivalent) or BIOL 207 or BIOL 208 or BIOL 211.
  • Computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software is expected. 
  • An overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher is required for entrance into the program. A minimum grade of "C" is required for each prerequisite course.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Complete the requirements for General Education. (Please consult the CHHS Advising Center at HSD-117 or call 562.985.2691)
  2. Complete the prerequisite courses.
  3. Complete the major core course requirements:
    • HSC 150: Medical Terminology (3)
      • Prerequisites: None.
    • HCA 300: The Health Care System (3)
      • Prerequisites: None.
    • HCA 312: Health Personnel Management (3) 
      • Prerequisite: Open to Health Care Administration majors only.
      • Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.
    • HCA 340: Legal Aspects of Health Administration (3)
      • Prerequisite: Open to Health Care Administration majors only. Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.
    • HCA 341: Financial Management of Health Care Institutions (3).
      • Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in ACCT 201. 
      • Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.
    • HCA 353: Marketing for Health Services Organizations (3)
      • Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in ECON 101 or ECON 300.
      • Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.
    • HCA 410: Health Management and Organization (3)
      • Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only.
      • Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.
    • HCA 416: Management and Information Systems (3)
      • Prerequisite: Open to Health Care Administration majors only.
      • Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.
    • HCA 428: Pop. Health Mgmt. for Health Care Administrators (3) 
      • Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only, upper division standing, or instructor consent.
      • Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300
    • HCA 450: Quality Assurance in Health Care (3)
      • Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in HCA 300.
    • HCA 465: Analysis and Evaluation of Health Care Services (3)
      • Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in PSY 110 or SOC 170 or STAT 108 or equivalent.
    • HCA 468: Principles of Risk Management and Patient Safety (3)
      • Prerequisites: Open to HCA majors only. A grade of "C" or better in HCA 340, HCA 341 and HCA 450.
    • HCA 480: Internship in Health Care Administration (3) (FAQ's - Open using Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge browser)
      • Prerequisites: Senior status only. Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in HCA 300, HCA 312, HCA 341, HCA 410, HCA 465 and HSC 150.
    • HCA 481: Internship and Career Development in HCA (3)
      • Prerequisites: Open to Health Care Administration majors only and a grade of "C" or better in HCA 480.
  4. Upper Division (required elective courses). A minimum of 9 additional units from the following:
    • HCA 320: Operations Management in Health Administration (3)
      • Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in PSY 110 or SOC 170 or equivalent. 
      • Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 300.
    • HCA 417: Technology, Ethics, and Society (3) 
      • Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, upper division standing, ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1).
    • HCA 422: Global Issues in Health Services (3)
      • Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses and upper division standing.
    • HCA 432: Leadership in Health Care (3)
      • Prequisites: HCA 300, HCA 312, and HCA 410
    • HCA 438: Perspectives on Long-Term Care Across the Lifespan (3)
      • Prerequisite: Health Care Administration majors only; HCA 300
    • HCA 451: Economics of Health (3) (Same as ECON 445.)
      • Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in ECON 101 or ECON 300.
    • HCA 452: Medical Group Practice Management (3)
      • Prerequisites: Health Care Administration majors only; undergraduate students HCA 300 and HCA 341; graduate students HCA 502.
    • HCA 457: Working Around the World (3)
      • Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, upper division standing.
    • HCA 470: Latinas/Latinos: Health Status and Health Care Access (3) (Same as CHLS470.)
      • Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, upper division standing.
  5. Complete electives as needed to total 120-semester units.
  6. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  7. Each major course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A course in which a grade lower than "C" is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a "C" may proceed with other courses for which it is not a prerequisite with the approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.

HCA Courses (Lower-Division)

  • HCA 202: Introduction to Health Care in America (3)
    • Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements. 

Undergraduate Worksheets

Undergraduate Roadmap