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The Associate in Science Degree in Healthcare Management prepares students for entry-level management positions within the healthcare industry. Students apply management, marketing, and accounting principles relative to the healthcare environment.

Upon completion of this degree, graduates will be prepared to enter employment as office  management positions. The program facilitates currently employed
healthcare clinicians seeking management position in the healthcare industry or desiring to enhance their management skills. Students completing this program will also be prepared to continue the pursuit in the bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Healthcare Scheme option.



Program Objectives

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  1. Know the essential aspects of the business management and administration in general and the healthcare industry,
  2. Understand fundamental business theories and models,
  3. Utilize quantitative and qualitative tools and methodologies to support business management and organizational decision making,
  4. Describe economic, environmental, political, ethical, legal and regulatory contexts of organizational management policies,
  5. Communicate effectively and professionally in business administration situations through physical or virtual presence, writing, speaking, listening and electronic media,
  6. Assist in identifying business administration problems and opportunities and formulate an action plan,
  7. Work effectively respectfully, ethically and professionally with people of diverse ethnic, cultural, gender and other backgrounds, as well as with people with different organizational roles, social affiliations, and personalities,
  8. Analyze the information content of organizational processes and use information technology,
  9. Understand the healthcare industry.

Students may be admitted to the AS in Healthcare Management program after they have completed General Education courses or be enrolled, concurrently, in General Education courses, which must be completed prior to completion of the AS in Healthcare Management program, and with a minimum G.P.A. attained must be of 2.0 or better. General Education courses are designed to give each student a breadth of experience in various academic disciplines. These learning experiences provide an introductory base to different fields of study and discuss how each disciple conducts its research, thus adding to general knowledge. GE courses are offered at community/city colleges.

To meet the graduation unit requirements, students are required to complete 21 units in General Education Courses, 27 units in Business Foundation and Core Courses and 12 units in the Healthcare Management Scheme courses.

The courses are listed below:

General Education Courses Required: 21 Semester Units
Category Minimum Requirement Example of Subject Area
English & Communication 2 courses or 6 semester units College English *
Humanities 1 courses or 3 semester units History *
Critical Thinking
Foreign Languages
Mathematics 1 course or 3 semester units College Algebra
Social Science 1 course or 3 semester units Sociology
Political Science
Science & Technology 2 course or 6 semester units Biology
General Physics
Computer Science
* Required course    
Business Foundation and Core Course Required: 27 Semester Units
Foundation Course: 12 Semester Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hour
BU 1000 Introduction to Business Management 45 3
EC 2420 Principles of Macroeconomics 45 3
BU 2400 Business Statistics 45 3
AT 2110 Accounting Principles I 45 3
  TOTAL 180 12
Required Core Course: 15 Semester Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hour
BU 2010 Computer Information Systems 45 3
BU 2000 Management Theory and Practice 45 3
BU 3010 Business Communication 45 3
BU 3025 Human Resource Management 45 3
MK 2000 Principles of Marketing 45 3
  TOTAL 225 15

Healthcare Management Course Required: 12 Semester Units

Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hour
HC 3050 Healthcare Issues and Ethics
HC 2000 Introduction to Healthcare Management
HC 2001 Survey of Healthcare Industry
HC 2100 Introduction to Medical Insurance 45 3
Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following academic requirements prior to graduation:

  • completed 21 units in General Education Courses
  • completed 27 units in Business Foundation and Core courses
  • completed 12 units in Healthcare Management Scheme courses
  • maintained a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or better

Upon completing the academic requirements for graduation and fulfilling the financial obligation for the program, students will be awarded the Associate in Science in Healthcare Management degree.

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