Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Health Care Administration and Management, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Information Systems - Rock Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Business Technology and Analytics: Students will articulate an applied understanding of key quality improvement metrics and methods to support evidence-based practice guidelines including:
    • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities to plan for and ensure the security, integrity, and privacy of data and confidentiality of the end user.
    • Demonstrate an ability to identify, aggregate, and summarize technical information for technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Communication and Relationship Management: Students will demonstrate the ability to interact and communicate effectively by:
    • Presenting information in oral and written formats.
    • Collaborating effectively with others.
  • Financial Management and Economic Reasoning: Students will demonstrate:
    • An ability to analyze, quantify, evaluate and determine the sound allocation of financial resources.
    • An ability to apply economic concepts for efficient allocation of scarce resources.
  • Healthcare Legal Environment and Ethics: Students will be able to:
    • Recognize will ethical dilemmas in healthcare.
    • Recognize key healthcare legal and regulatory environment parameters.
    • Demonstrate discern viable options for ethical guided decision-making processes.
    • Demonstrate applied legal and regulatory reasoning.
  • Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment: Students will demonstrate an accurate understanding of:
    • Health care system structures.
    • Reimbursement/payment models.
    • Factors associated with population health.
  • Organizational Dynamics: Students will articulate an applied understanding of:
    • Organizational mission, vision, and culture.
    • Behaviors associated with organizational commitment and job performance.

Academic Policies for Students in the Health Care Administration and Management (HCAM) Major

Effective for students entering the major Fall 2017 and after

  1. Policy for achieving and maintaining “Sufficient Academic Performance”1
    1. At the end of the semester in which a student has earned 40 credits (and every semester thereafter), the Major and Overall GPA will be reviewed:
      1. A student must earn a 2.50 Major GPA to achieve “Sufficient Academic Performance” and continue in the HCAM major.
      2. A student earning below a 2.50 in the Major GPA at any time after earning 40 credits will be placed on a “one semester probation.”2 He/she must increase his/her GPA to 2.50 or higher by the end of the “one semester probation” or be permanently removed from the HCAM major. The student will be notified by email of his/her status following the “one semester probation.” A student who has not achieved “Sufficient Academic Performance” will have his/her major changed to Exploratory.
      3. A student can be placed on a “one semester probation” a maximum of two times as an HCAM major. He/she will be permanently removed from the HCAM major if his/her Major GPA drops below a 2.50 a third time.
      4. A student on a “one semester probation” may not enroll in required 400 Level Courses unless he/she is repeating the course(s).
    2. A transfer student who enters from another university or a Slippery Rock University student who changes his/her major to HCAM:
      1. With 40 or more earned credits will have a one-semester extension before his/her Major GPA are reviewed to determine if he/she has achieved “Sufficient Academic Performance”.
      2. With less than 40 earned credits will follow Policy I. A above.
    3. An incoming FYRST student earning college credits prior to entering SRU may reach 40 credits before completing two semesters at SRU. In this case, the review to determine “Sufficient Academic Performance” will not begin until the student has completed two semesters as a student in the HCAM major.
  2. Policy for earning acceptable grades in Required 400 Level Courses
    1. A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in Required 400 Level Courses.
    2. A student will not be permitted to begin an internship unless he/she has “Sufficient Academic Performance” and he/she has earned a grade of “C” or better in Required 400 Level Courses.
    3. A student must also earn a grade of “C” or better in HCAM 400, HCAM 405, HCAM 4103, HCAM 430 and MIS 403 before he/she is allowed to take HCAM 4994 and HCAM 4504.
  3. Policy for changing to the HCAM major
    1. A Slippery Rock University student wishing to change his/her major to Health Care Administration and Management must have an overall GPA of 2.00.
  4. Additional costs associated with the HCAM major
    1. A student in the HCAM major is required to maintain a current Student Professional Liability Insurance and meet any immunization or physical requirements set forth by an internship employer while enrolled in HCAM 450 at his/her own cost.

Related Links

Healthcare Administration and Management - Information Systems, BS Program Page

Healthcare Administration and Information Systems Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

2.0 GPA overall or higher to declare HCAM as major
2.0 GPA or higher in the major to graduate in HCAM
2.0 GPA or higher and instructor permission to apply for the internship


Rock Studies Requirements42-43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements/Concentration60

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
Select one of the following:3-4
Quantitative Reasoning
Introduction to Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42-43

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements/Concentration

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Basic Courses
ACCT 209Financial Accounting 13
BUSA 340Legal Environment of Business 13
ECON 312Critical Choices in Health Care Policy 13
HCAM 230US Healthcare Systems 13
HCAM 265Managed Care & Insurance3
HCAM 275Health Care Legal & Ethical Foundations 13
HCAM 360Healthcare Organizational Dynamics 13
HCAM 380Healthcare Value-Based Reimbursement Systems 13
HCAM 400Legal Environment of Healthcare 13
HCAM 405Health Care Quality & Process Improvement 13
HCAM 430Finance for Healthcare Organizations 13
HCAM 450Internship-Health Care Administration & Management 13
HCAM 499Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar 13
HLTH 210Introduction to Public Health 13
MIS 210Productivity Software 13
Select one of the following: 13
Business Analytics I
Business Analytics I
Elementary Statistics I
Information Systems Management Core Courses
MIS 323Data Base Systems 13
MIS 403Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems 13
MIS 413Systems Analysis 13
MIS 443Project Management 13
Total Hours60

Co-Curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Student leadership development
  5. Service-learning classes
  6. Career education and development
  7. Internships
  8. Volunteering in healthcare industry related settings
  9. Job Shadowing

Concentration in Information Systems Management (INFM)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 08.19.20
UCC 04.07.20

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
HCAM 230 US Healthcare Systems 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Quantitative Reasoning  
Introduction to Applied Calculus  
Calculus I  
HCAM 265 Managed Care & Insurance 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Second Year
HCAM 275 Health Care Legal & Ethical Foundations 3
MIS 210 Productivity Software 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 4  
HCAM 360 Healthcare Organizational Dynamics 3
ACCT 209 Financial Accounting 3
MIS 323 Data Base Systems 3
STAT 152
Elementary Statistics I
or Business Analytics I
or Business Analytics I
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Third Year
HCAM 405 Health Care Quality & Process Improvement 2 3
BUSA 340 Legal Environment of Business 3
MIS 403 Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems 3
MIS 413 Systems Analysis 3
Thematic Thread Requirement (Upper Level) 3
HCAM 380 Healthcare Value-Based Reimbursement Systems 3
HCAM 400 Legal Environment of Healthcare 3 3
HCAM 430 Finance for Healthcare Organizations 3
MIS 443 Project Management 3
Thematic Thread Requirement (Upper Level) 3
Fourth Year
HCAM 450
Internship-Health Care Administration & Management 3
or Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Free Elective (Recommend HCAM or in Minor 2 3
Free Elective (Recommend HCAM or in Minor 2 3
Free Elective (Recommend HCAM or in Minor 2 3
HCAM 499
Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar 3
or Internship-Health Care Administration & Management
ECON 312 Critical Choices in Health Care Policy 3
Free Elective (Recommend HCAM or in Minor 2 3
Free Elective (Recommended HCAM or in Minor) 2 3
Free Elective (Recommended HCAM or in Minor) 2 3
 Total Hours**121-122

Major Code: 2346
Concentration Code: INFM
Revised: 12.16.2020

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.