Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Health Care Administration and Management, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Leadership / Pre-Physical Therapy (SRU) (3+3)

HCAM 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.

What are your options?

Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3: Earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy in six years rather than seven. In the first three years, you complete your major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program. During your third undergraduate year, you apply for admission into the SRU DPT program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU DPT program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program. The accelerated option is for incoming freshmen only.

Pre-Physical Therapy (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your major and the pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program and apply to the SRU DPT program in your senior year.

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 305HCAM 400HCAM 4103HCAM 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 - Pre-Physical Therapy, BS Program Page

Healthcare Administration and Information Systems Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

1st Major: HCAM

  • Have a 2.0 GPA overall or higher to declare HCAM as major
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher in the major and overall to graduate in HCAM

2 nd Major: PT 3+3 HCAM

  • Have a 3.0 GPA overall or higher 


Rock Studies Requirements43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements48

* 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. However, because this is a pre-professional program, credits taken during the 1st year of the graduate program are applied toward the undergraduate credit hours to meet the 120 credits required for your undergraduate degree.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
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
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
Physical & Natural Sciences Inquiry
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours43

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

  • If you choose to pursue Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 Health Care Administration and Management (HCAM) and are not accepted into the PT program, then the following additional HCAM courses are required to complete a first major of HCAM: HCAM Internship (HCAM 450) – Plus – courses necessary to satisfy the Leadership specialty track. Please refer to the HCAM curriculum guide.
Required Basic Courses
ACCT 209Financial Accounting 13
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics 1,23
HCAM 230US Healthcare Systems 13
HCAM 275Health Care Legal & Ethical Foundations 1,23
HLTH 210Introduction to Public Health 13
MIS 210Productivity Software 13
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I 13
Required Upper Level Courses (27 credits if accepted to SRU DPT Program)
Must have achieved “Sufficient Academic Performance” to take these courses. Must earn a “C” or better in all of the following ACCT, HCAM, MIS and PHIL courses:
BUSA 340Legal Environment of Business 13
ECON 312Critical Choices in Health Care Policy 1,23
HCAM 265Managed Care & Insurance3
HCAM 305Health Care Quality & Process Improvement3
HCAM 360Healthcare Organizational Dynamics 1,33
HCAM 400Legal Environment of Healthcare 1,33
HCAM 430Finance for Healthcare Organizations 1,33
HCAM 470Healthcare Practice Management3
HCAM 480Healthcare Value-Based Reimbursement Systems3
Total Hours48

Additional Physical Therapy Prerequisite Courses

BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (Stem)3
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab (Stem)
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab (Stem)
PHYS 202Elements of Physics II/ Lab4
PSYC 240Human Sexual Behavior3
or PSYC 244 Developmental Psychology
Total Hours18

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

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements – Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3

For Application Requirements

Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy) website for requirements:

Liberal Studies and Rock Studies

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Physical Therapy
Select one of the following:6
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
and Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab
and Animal Physiology with Lab
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Select one of the following:8
Elements of Physics I with Lab
and Elements of Physics II/ Lab
General Physics I with Lab
and General Physics III/ Lab
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
or BIOL 325 Biometry with Lab
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
Additional Psychology Course 13
Total Hours31

Requirements for Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3

If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+3 designation will be removed from the student’s record:

  1. A 3.0 or higher overall GPA must be maintained by the student.
  2. The student can only be enrolled in the Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 program for a maximum of three (3) years, full-time continuous enrollment (fall/spring).


Should a Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st two semesters (fall or spring) of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and wants to complete the original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of the undergraduate program Department Chair to determine which, if any, Physical Therapy courses will count toward the completion of his/her undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of their undergraduate major. Students may still apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program with an earned Bachelor’s degree.

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

Concentration in Leadership 3+3 Pre-PT (LSHP) (23PT)
Revised 07.30.21
UCC 03.02.2021 

Recommended Three-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
HCAM 230 US Healthcare Systems 3
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
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  
HCAM 275 Health Care Legal & Ethical Foundations 3
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
ERS 250 Medical Terminology 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MIS 210 Productivity Software 3
Second Year
HCAM 265 Managed Care & Insurance 3
HCAM 305 Health Care Quality & Process Improvement 3
BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
HCAM 360 Healthcare Organizational Dynamics 3
HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health 3
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3
ACCT 209 Financial Accounting 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
Third Year
HCAM 470 Healthcare Practice Management 3
HCAM 480 Healthcare Value-Based Reimbursement Systems 3
BUSA 340 Legal Environment of Business 3
PHYS 201 Elements of Physics I with Lab 4
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
HCAM 400 Legal Environment of Healthcare 3
HCAM 430 Finance for Healthcare Organizations 3
ECON 312 Critical Choices in Health Care Policy 3
PHYS 202 Elements of Physics II/ Lab 4
PSYC 240
Human Sexual Behavior
or Developmental Psychology
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Fourth Year
If not accepted in SRU PT Program  
HCAM 450 Internship-Health Care Administration & Management 3-12
HCAM 499 Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar 3
MGMT 320 Operations Management I 3
If not accepted in SRU PT Program  
Free Elective (Recommended HCAM or in Minor) 3
HCAM Leadership Concentration Elective 3
MGMT 354 Human Resources Management 3
 Total Hours**119-128

Major Code: 2346
Concentration Code: LSHP
2ND Major: 23PT
Revised: 06.30.21

** 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.