Director of Health Care Business
Carla Dirkschneider, M.S., RHIA
PH 402.552.6295  TF 800.647.5500 
dirkschneider@clarksoncollege.edu

Introduction

Clarkson College offers an online master’s degree in Health Care Administration that meets specific professional goals of graduate students. In order to complete this program at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete 39 graduate hours.

Program Specific Competency Goals

Upon completion of the Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, graduates will:

  • Evaluate strategies based on concepts of leadership and management theory. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Interpret, synthesize, and apply concepts to evaluate and solve a variety of real world health care situations, through problem recognition, methods of inquiry, project management, and strategic analysis and integration. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Communicate thoughts and ideas effectively. (Communication)**
  • Demonstrate an ability to acknowledge and to recognize those differences that exist among all individuals. (Diversity)**
  • Demonstrate an appropriate working knowledge of computer applications commonly used in healthcare administration (Technology)**
  • Maintain the highest ethical, professional, and legal standards of conduct. (Professionalism)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to Clarkson College’s student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity, and Professionalism. 

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from: the Admissions office, the College website, or in the Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

Online Curriculum

The Clarkson College online master’s degree is designed to be a flexible learning environment. Internet-based instruction offers interactive learning opportunities and comprehensive access to information and resources. Dedicated faculty members are focused on student learning, which helps make online learning a productive and rewarding experience.

To complete a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete a total of 39–46 semester hours. These hours must be distributed as follows:

  • Major Requirement Courses = 36 semester hours
  • Capstone Experience = 3 semester hours
  • Optional Electives = 7 semester hours

Clarkson College's Master's degree in Health Care Administration program operates on an academic calendar using semester hours with three terms, each with 12 weeks of instructional time in length, with two of the terms offered over the fall through spring and the third term offered in the summer. Clarkson College's Master's in Health Care Administration program defines its academic year as 36 weeks of instructional time. As “quarters” using semester hours, the terms are nonstandard terms.

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Sample Curriculum plan for Health Care Administration Program

Classes will begin in the fall, spring and summer of each year. The following sample curriculum plan based on the fall entry into the program and is provided to guide students in planning their college coursework. All courses are six weeks in duration, with the exception of the elective courses and the capstone courses, which are 12-15 weeks in duration. Note: Sample curriculum plan is based on courses for the seven semester option Accelerated options are also available.

First Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MB 798 - Fundamentals of Scholarly Writing in APA 1
MB 799 - Graduate Roles and Ethics in Leadership 2
MB 809 - Health Care Business Law and Ethics 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 6

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
◊ MB 810 - Human Resources and Organizational Behavior 3
MB 851 - Health Care Economics 3
Total Semester Hours 6

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MB 836 - Health Care Project Management 3
MB 815 - Informatics and Analytics for Healthcare Professionals 3
Total Semester Hours 6
Second Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MB 827 - Finance for Health Care Leaders 3
MB 808 - Health Care Leadership 3
Total Semester Hours 6

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MB 834 - Health Care Quality and Regulatory Issues 3
MB 849 - Research Methods and Analysis 3
Total Semester Hours 6

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MB 904 - Capstone Project I 1
MB 823 - Health Care Strategic Planning and Marketing 3
Total Semester Hours 4
Third Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MB 802 - Health Care Delivery Systems and Managed Care 3
MB 905 - Capstone Project II 1
MB 906 - Capstone Project III 1
Total Semester Hours 5
Last updated: 08/27/2018